Long gone are the days of just peanuts and Cracker Jack. In recent years, talk of the Texas Rangers and ballpark concessions led to a few menu items seemingly coming from left field. Anyone remember the 2-pound ghost pepper burger? Or the Choomongous? And any Rangers fan worth their Josh Hamilton jersey has heard of the Boomstick. This Spring, both baseball and overindulgence are back in action, and you’ll be glad to know there’s a new Boomstick on the roster at Globe Life Field.
A Boomstick Reboot
The first oversized hot dog hit the stadium and Rangers fans’ stomachs back in 2012 at the height of the team’s long ball prowess. Affectionally named the Boomstick after the nickname Nelson Cruz gave to his bat, the $26 all-beef monstrosity came smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and caramelized onions and weighed in at over 3 pounds.
The 2023 version of the Boomstick is also 2 feet long, but instead, it’s a hamburger. In fact, it’s a Nolan Ryan all-beef, tubular-shaped patty that rides high on a fresh-baked brioche bun. At a price of $34.99, it comes topped with Texas Chili Company Chili, Rico’s Nacho Cheese, jalapenos and onion rings. It’s a lot of food, so be prepared to share.
The Brisket Croissant
Nolan Ryan was known for his heater, but he had other pitches too. The same goes for his beef company, which also makes a mean brisket. Aptly named and truly Texan, The Brisket Croissant includes generous portions of house-smoked brisket that are layered into croissant dough and baked until golden brown. It comes topped with Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue glaze.
Vegans and healthier eaters need not despair — there’s a new sandwich for you too. The PLT is a BLT that swaps out bacon for portabella mushroom in a true meatless option that even comes on vegan bread. For the PLT, a balsamic-glazed portabella is grilled and set atop bibb lettuce and sliced tomatoes. A healthy option for sure, but it’s hard to replace bacon in anything.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Pretzel
Should you get chips or a pretzel? That’s a dilemma no longer thanks to this marriage of traditional and tasty snacks. The concept is quite simple — a soft-baked Bavarian sourdough pretzel is dipped in “Cheetle,” the cheese powder normally found on your fingers after a bag is finished. Then it’s topped with crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos that have been crushed.
The Arlington food truck that became a staple on the Texas barbecue scene in 2019 earned a spot in the concessions rotation last year via the “Arlington Eats” stand in section 101. Proving their worth in the majors, Hurtado stands tall this year as the official barbecue partner of Globe Life Field. Be on the lookout for their flavorful brisket options and their infamous Beef Rib. At $44.99, it just may be the most coveted of all options.