Everybody loves a good sandwich. And everybody appreciates the sacrifice that military veterans provide us all.
Eckrich Bacon Lovers Deli Meats recently combined those two in a world-record breaking event, setting the mark for most sandwiches made in one hour with 2,706 sandwiches in 60 minutes aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City on May 21.
The "Most Heroes For Our Heroes" event donated all of the sandwiches to "Operation Homefront," a nonprofit organization that helps military members and their families during and after their tours of duty.
"We did this to honor and support our military veterans and their families," said Chuck Gitkin, vice president, marketing innovation, and R&D for the John Morrell Food Group, of which Eckrich is a subsidiary. "We donated a lot of sandwiches that will assist those military families in need. That's what our 'Operation Inspiration' campaign is all about and we're proud to honor our true heroes."
Check out this video, which shows the sandwich-making process and record verification atop the legendary Intrepid.
The previous record had stood for more than a year at 1,660 sandwiches, meaning Eckrich surpassed the required total by more than 1,000 subs.
For those interested in the recipe, the record-breaking sandwiches consisted of cheese, lettuce, and "Bacon Covered Club," an Eckrich product of half ham/half turkey deli meat wrapped in bacon.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric was on site to verity the total.
"I was really excited to be here today, to be part of the record attempt," Empric said. "What made it all the better was that it was here to support military families who really needed it. And that was amazing to be part of."