Negro Leagues Baseball Museum rolls out official hot dog: the Monarch

06/18/2014 4:37 PM

The Dodgers have Dodger Dogs, the Cubs have Chicago-style dogs, and the Texas Rangers have the Boomstick, a two-foot-long hot dog smothered in chili and nacho cheese.

Now Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has its own official hot dog. The Monarch, unveiled today, consists of a Farmland Jumbo Frank topped with pulled pork, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, red onions, jalapenos and a generous drizzle of Gates Sweet & Mild sauce. The barbecue-inspired hot dog was named after the Kansas City Monarchs and crafted in partnership with Hy-Vee.

At a press conference earlier today, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick called The Monarch “the king of hot dogs.”

“The Monarchs are one of the greatest baseball franchises in history,” Kendrick said, “so you can’t be called The Monarch if you’re not good.”

I tried one today and liked the combination of the salty bacon, sweet sauce and hot jalapenos. With all that sauce and pulled pork, The Monarch can be messy: It’s a three-napkin situation.

The Monarch will be sold at the museum’s 2014 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival on August 2. The hot dog festival, which debuted last year, is a family-friendly event that features inflatable games, face painting and live music. This year’s headliner is Morris Day and The Time. Tickets cost $10 in advance at hoahotdogfestival.com or $15 at the door.

Contact Sarah Gish via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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