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Billy Butler introduces own barbecue sauce

Updated: 2013-04-12T05:03:31Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

What’s the one thing you need with your Country Breakfast?

Barbecue sauce, of course.

Well, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has you covered. He announced on his Twitter account (@BillyButlerKC) Thursday night that his own barbecue sauce is available in Kansas City: “Billy's BBQ sauce is now on shelves at grocery stores in KC!Proceeds go back @Hit_It_A_Ton_KC!”

Apparently, Butler had help in the creation of “Billy’s Hit it a TON Barbecue sauce” from Zarda BBQ and Original Juan. (And, of course, it's not just for breakfast)

Butler tweeted: “Thxto ZardaBBQ and @originaljuanfan for giving me the chance to have my own BBQ sauce! KC takes their BBQ serious!”

Indeed we do. Everyone has their own favorite, from Zarda to Gates to Jack Stack to Bryant’s to Smokin’ Guns to Oklahoma Joe’s to LC’s to ... well there are simply too many to name.

That’s why it’s sort of audacious of Butler to come out with his barbecue sauce. So love it or not, just remember it’s for a good cause.

Butler and his wife, Katie, started the “Hit-It-A-Ton” foundation as a way to raise food for needy families in Kansas City. According to the “Hit-It-A-Ton” website, the Bishop Sullivan Center distributes over a ton of food each day it operates to needy families in Kansas City through two pantries and a community kitchen.

Butler donates to the cause with his bat. Every time Butler hits a home run, he donates a ton of food (it costs $250 to obtain and distribute a ton of food), and for each double, he donates a half a ton of food ($125).

You can do your part simply by buying a bottle of the barbecue sauce, which has Butler’s smiling face on it. Is it destined to be a collector’s item like Reggie Bars or Billy Beer? Maybe, but admit it: you gotta try this stuff, right?

That leads me to one last tweet from Butler: “You can order from http://Zarda.com or http://originaljuan.com ! All proceeds go to @Hit_It_A_Ton_KC and feeding families in KC!”

For more on Hit It A Ton, go to hit-it-a-ton.org. If you want more from Butler about the barbecue sauce, I suggest you join the chat the Star is having with him at 2 p.m. today at KansasCity.com/sports.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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