The West Michigan Whitecaps (Low Class A; Midwest League) are adding 17 items to the Fifth Third Ballpark food lineup, including a hot Squeelin’ Pig sandwich requiring a waiver from the buyer.
The two most notable leading items: the Baco and the Squeelin’ Pig. The Baco (bacon taco — get it?) combines the convenience of a taco with lots of bacony goodness: the taco shell is made from bacon. If that’s not enough, the team is offering a pulled-pork sandwich billed as the spiciest sandwich served at any ballpark, featuring a punch of Giardinara, a sprinkle of Ghost Pepper and flaming BBQ sauce. Before consuming this bad boy fans will be required to sign a waiver.
The Whitecaps narrowed a list of more than 150 fan-submitted menu ideas, plus the dozens of ideas that came out of the Gordon Food Service Test Kitchen, down to a bacon-laden top 10 list earlier this year and turned the contest over to the fans. With bacon as an ingredient in four of the top 10 choices, it wasn’t a surprise that fans also turned out the vote for the trendy swine (or foul…as in duck) meat. The top three vote-getters included bacon in their ingredients list.
The Baco received a staggering 30% of the online votes, while second place with 27% of the vote went to The Bad Joke (a corn dog covered in cheese with two strips of duck bacon on a bun…it will quack you up!). Third place was, a virtual tie between Crash’s favorite snack, Rascal Chow (popcorn, bacon and Reeses) and Teeny Weenies (little hot dogs in mini helmets), with 9% each.
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