West Michigan Get Ready For A Baco!

Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-14 12:44:18-04

Photo/West Michigan Whitecaps

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. —   The winner of the fourth annual Whitecaps food contest is the Baco! This taco in a specially-made bacon shell was the top vote-getter in the annual contest to determine Fifth Third Ballpark’s next culinary delight and will be on the menu for fans to purchase at Whitecaps games this season.

The Baco received 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). 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.

The Baco will replace last year’s winner, the Westside Po’ Boy, on the ballpark menu, and will be served at the Sweet Meats Smokehouse, located at the end of the third base concourse. It will share the spotlight with the internationally famous Fifth Third Burger.

Another highlight on the new menu is the “Squeelin’ Pig.” Billed as the spiciest sandwich served at any ballpark, this is a pulled pork sandwich packed with a punch of Giardinara, a sprinkle of Ghost Pepper and flaming BBQ sauce.  Anyone wishing to tempt their fate with this new sandwich will have to sign a waiver when they order this flame thrower.

The Fifth Third Ballpark menu will feature 17 new food items in 2013. Five are suite specialty items, and 12 of them are available to all fans on the concourse level.

The Whitecaps open the 2013 season at home on Thursday, April 4 against the Dayton Dragons at 6:35 p.m. Season, group and individual game tickets are now on sale.