Secret Stadium Sauce
Secret Stadium Sauce is a condiment popular at Milwaukee Brewers baseball games in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally developed for use at Milwaukee County Stadium, it is still served on hot dogs and brats at its replacement, Miller Park.
It is a product of Delaware North Companies Sportservice and is sold in 18-ounce bottles at grocery stores throughout Wisconsin.
It was created in the early 1970s by current Delaware North Companies Sportservice President Rick Abramson, then a vendor at County Stadium, during a game when he ran short of other condiments.
We were sort of running out of ketchup and mustard, and we needed a condiment. I took barbecue sauce, a little ketchup and mustard and smoked syrup and other ingredients and came up with secret stadium sauce. We said, 'We don't have [ketchup and mustard], but we have secret stadium sauce.'— Rick Abramson
The unique flavor has inspired a wide variety of comparisons, from "a combination of barbecue sauce and sauerkraut juice" to "a mix of clam juice and sweetened tomato sauce".
- Scoreboard Gourmet: Secret Stadium Sauce
- USA Today, "10 great places to relish fine stadium fare"
- Ballpark Digest review of Miller Park concessions[dead link]
- New York Times profile on Abramson
- Sportservice internal publication, featuring article on Abramson[dead link]
- "Hot Dogs as America" article from "Baseball as America" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History[dead link]
- "Spice it Up", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel