A family butcher that’s grown into an international meat supplier is celebrating after claiming a rather tasty world record.
Godshall’s Quality Meats, based in Pennsylvania, USA, got inventive with their cooking to create the world’s longest piece of turkey bacon.
The lip-smacking creation, cooked up on 21 June, was a whopping 5.2 m (17 ft 75 in) long.
For context, that’s only slightly shorter than a giraffe, with the average one standing at 5.5 m (18 ft).
The turkey bacon was 23 in (58.42 cm) wide and weighed 115 lb (52.16 kg) when it was removed from the oven.
Of course, the colossal turkey bacon couldn’t fit inside a conventional oven and was cooked in a special 25 ft-long smokehouse oven at the company’s plant in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to give it that perfect crisp.
The turkey bacon was moulded and cooked overnight, and a GWR Adjudicator arrived onsite at 8 a.m. to take a tour of the plant and inspect the turkey bacon before it went in for its final cooking.
Once the cooking was completed, the turkey bacon was removed from the smoker and displayed outside of the plant.
The food inspector and plant inspector both confirmed the turkey was cooked well and handled hygienically during the cooking and serving processes.
Leading turkey bacon brand Godshall’s set their sights on the record not only to raise more awareness of their company, but to also mark the longest day of the year – 21 June.
And what better way to celebrate that with a whopping great piece of turkey bacon? It is their best-selling product after all.
Their special event also fell during National Turkey Lovers Month, and everyone in attendance was treated to a BLT, made once the record-breaking turkey bacon was officially measured to ensure all of the superlative food was gobbled up and none was wasted.
This was a huge undertaking for Godshall’s, who say they’ve never attempted anything of this scale before.
The entire process was meticulously planned and tested, starting off with a 3 ft scale model of the turkey bacon, created to test their theories and technique.
With the tests proving successful, the company went on to create the full-sized version, which was 23 ft long and weighed over 200 lb before it was cooked.
Ron Godshall, President of Godshall’s Quality Meats, said: “Godshall’s is an employee-owned company and there were over two dozen employee-owners directly involved in making the record-breaking piece of turkey bacon.
“When we decided to attempt the record, there was so much enthusiasm, creativity, ingenuity and confidence from our team, we knew we could set the record.”
This isn’t their first time in the record books either. Kutztown Bologna Company, which was acquired by Godshall’s in 2001, has not once, but twice, set the record for the longest salami in the past.
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