Top 10 Heart-Stopping Ballpark Foods
Spring training is in full swing in Florida and Arizona. Soon stadiums across North America, including Charlotte’s new BB&T Ballpark, will be alive with the sounds of bats cracking, gloves popping… and a few satisfied burps.
After all, what’s an afternoon at the ol’ ball yard without some gut-busting, artery-clogging, heart-stopping stadium foods? Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack; this is some serious ballpark grub:
10. Baseball’s Best Burger (GCS Ballpark, Sauget, IL) – Hamburger patty with bacon and cheese inside of a Krispy Kreme doughnut. The Gateway Grizzlies claim this classic only contains 45 grams of fat and 1,000 calories.
9. BBQ Stuffed Baked Potato (Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX) - This ain’t your mama’s baked potato. Cheese. Sour cream. Pulled pork. Barbecue sauce. Jalapeño peppers. (Tums?)
8. The Victory Knot (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA) – A two-pound pretzel as big as a catcher’s mitt with plenty of dipping sauces.
7. The Funnel Dog (Arvest Ballpark, Springdale AR) – The home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals gave rise to this state fair-esque snack: a frankfurter-filled funnel cake on a stick dusted with powdered sugar. Think of it as a sweet corn dog.
6. Pulled Pork Parfait (Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI) – A rare cheese-less treat from the Badger State, this looks a lot like an ice cream sundae but instead of ice cream, it’s pulled pork and mashed potatoes. The Charlotte Knights should borrow this idea from the Milwaukee Brewers.
5. The Baco (Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park, MI) – The West Michigan Whitecaps looked south of the border for the inspiration behind this porcine creation: traditional taco innards lovingly cradled in a shell made of bacon.
4. Sliders Family Meal Deal (Yankee Stadium, New York, NY) – For $20, you get five hamburger sliders and a pound of french fries served in a giant souvenir bucket. It’s called a “Family Meal Deal” but you just know there are some baseball fans in the Bronx who have polished it off solo.
3. Meat Lover’s Hot Dog (Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH) – In the 1970s, the Cincinnati Reds were nicknamed “The Big Red Machine.” This season, that might refer to the ambulance you’ll need after devouring this deep-fried hot dog topped with chili, pepper jack cheese, and fried salami.
2. The Strasburger (Nationals Park, Washington, DC) – Named after pitcher Stephen Strasburg, this 8-pound monstrosity has it’s own gravitational pull! On a less hysterical note, The Strasburger shares some flavor notes with McDonald’s Big Mac, namely in the sauce.
1. Bats and Balls (Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, Missoula, MT) – The “Bats” are French fries. Care to guess what the “Balls” are? Yep. 100% USDA Montana Beef “Tendergroin.” And at only $6, these deep-fried bull calf testicles are a bargain!
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