Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas serves up competition in BBQ Battle at ballpark

Thomas challenges celebrity chef Jeff "The Sandwich King" Mauro on Friday, June 10

Preparing for the release of his upcoming grill guide, The Big Hurt's Guide to BBQ and Grilling, White Sox legend and Hall-of-Fame slugger Frank Thomas will compete against celebrity chef Jeff Mauro, the "Sandwich King," in a BBQ Battle before the White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Friday, June 10 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Fans are invited to see The Big Hurt take on the Sandwich King in the grilling challenge and sample grilling goodies served up during the event. Tickets to the BBQ Battle are available for $30 at whitesox.com/BBQBattle and include access to the centerfield Fan Deck for both the pre-game BBQ Battle and the game.

Just in time for Father's Day, The Big Hurt's Guide to BBQ and Grilling is available for pre-order online at TriumphBooks.com/BigHurtBBQ. Thomas also is the owner of Big Hurt Brewhouse at 6801 W. Cermak Road in Berwyn, Illinois, serving up contemporary American comfort food paired with local brews. 

Mauro, a Chicago native and White Sox fan, is the host of the Food Network series "Sandwich King," "$24 in 24 Hours" and "The Scoop." He was the winner of the seventh season of the Food Network Star competition. Mauro also is the co-owner of the Chicago sandwich shop, Pork & Mindy's at 1623 N. Milwaukee in Chicago.  

For more information or to purchase tickets to the BBQ Battle, visit whitesox.com/BBQBattle.