Kauffman Stadium is breaking out the All-Star barbecue for this season's Midsummer Classic.
Behind ARAMARK, the exclusive food and beverage partner of the Royals and 10 other Major League clubs, a team of chefs will smoke more than 5,000 pounds of meat during the All-Star break. Since January, Erin Wishon, the executive chef at Kauffman Stadium, has led the crew in creating a menu that captures the flavors of Kansas City, but also features traditional ballpark favorites.
The Royals All-Star Barbecue stand, positioned in right-center field, will offer barbecue sandwiches, burnt ends (smoked brisket) and side dishes. Other concessions will serve items such as the KC Rib Eye Stack Sandwich, All-Star BBQ Dog and Cheesy Corn Brisket-acho.
Wishon estimates the cooks will smoke more than 2,400 pounds of brisket, 1,800 pounds of pulled pork and more than 600 racks of ribs while using 650 gallons of barbecue sauce during the All-Star break.
"Few regions of the United States are as defined by their local cuisine as much as Kansas City is defined by its amazing barbecue," Wishon said. "We'll have fans visiting from across the country, and we want to show them what Kansas City is all about."
The Royals expect to sell about 40,000 hot dogs while hosting the All-Star Game. Certain concession stands will serve specialty hot dogs, such as the Royal Bacon Blue Dog and the Kansas City Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with Swiss cheese, grilled sauerkraut and Boulevard Pale Ale Mustard. Visitors can also try out Kansas City's local options for beer and frozen custard.
Wishon created special menus for those sitting in suites or in the Diamond Club behind home plate. The Rivals Sports Bar, located along the first-base line in right field, and the .390 Bar & Grill, named for Hall of Famer George Brett's .390 batting average in 1980 and located on the 300 level of the ballpark, will also carry special menus during the All-Star break.
"Kansas City is rich with food tradition, and we're excited to add an extra layer of excitement to the fans' All-Star experience," said Marc Bruno, president of ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment.
Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.