Royals’ ‘secret sauce’ is BBQ

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals go for seven straight wins when they face the Detroit Tigers at the K on Tuesday. Right now, the buzz in the clubhouse surrounds Billy Butler's Hit it a Ton barbecue sauce. When several cases of the sauce were delived to the clubhouse last week, it instantly became a hit with players.
"I got to put it all on Jeremy Guthrie," said Butler.  "He (Guthrie) started passing it out,  it's just something that relaxes the boys."

During the game, television cameras quickly caught Guthrie and others having fun with the sauce bottle.

"We've been playing well with it, we're going to ride it out," said Butler.

The videos of  the Royals players with the sauce have nearly gone viral.
Since the arrival of the bbq sauce, the royals have won six in a row, and the sauce is selling big time at local grocery stores.

"I can't pass it up, everytime is see it in the grocery store I buy a bottle," said Mike Mathews of Bishop Sullivans. 

The sauce was created by Zarda barbecue and it's bottled at Original Juans. All proceeds from the sauce go to Butlers Hit it a Ton Foundation which supplies the Bishop Sullivan food pantry.

"Last year we raised over 300 tons of food through the program, we give away about a ton of food a day," said Mathews.
When Zarda and Butler teamed up last year for the "Hit it a Ton barbecue sandwich, Zarda wrote a check for 5,000 to Bishop Sullivan. With this project, Zarda says its hoping to double that.


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