MOUNT CARMEL — Pop’s Original Screamer Sauce started out as a small-town phenomenon, but now has the chance of making it onto the national scene.
The New York Yankees and Fiverr are hosting a contest entitled, “The Game Changer,” where five lucky contestants, one of them Pop’s, could have its products placed in Yankee Stadium.
Pop’s Original began jarring its unique meat-based hot sauce in 2014 from a recipe passed onto them from family patriarch, Joseph R. Kleeman. They built up a reputation on the road for their fresh food and fresh spin on hamburgers, with burgers such as the Screaming Pig and the Fluffy Pig. These unique burgers led to Pop’s Original winning “Best Tasting Burger” at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in Hamburg in 2015.
In 2016, Pop’s Original had a full summer lineup of events as well as working its way into the concession stands of the Silver Bowl, where Mount Carmel Area fans could get their hands on a “Tornado” burger featuring the fiery sauce.
In 2017, they continued to bring new endeavors as the Pop’s crew traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey, where they spread the coal region classic out of state for the first time with much success.
With 2017 nearing an end, the demand for Pop’s Original Screamer Sauce has only increased.
Workers began manufacturing their Screamer Sauce out of a USDA facility in Rochester, New York, to keep up with the demand. They continue to expand their efforts to local businesses for retailing their sauce. They also have begun fundraising opportunities with local school districts and continue to run their successful food truck doing local and traveling shows.
Joseph “Pop” Kleeman passed away in January 2016, but his memory continues through his family of Anthony Kleeman, Jennifer and Tony Robert, Stephanie and Ray Kraynak, and John Shirmer, who work tirelessly to fulfill their father/grandfather’s legacy and make it to the top.
With help, they might be able to get there by. They ask local readers to go to fiverr.us.launchpad6.com/contest/1/entry/395 and watch the 30-second video.