The town of Fremont, Nebraska has been celebrating its eventual entry into the Guinness Book of World Records this week, after residents gathered on Saturday to help create the largest open-face sandwich in the world. While that may sound like a delicious endeavor to some, it’s gross because they used 1,652-pounds of Spam to complete the task at the annual John C. Fremont Days festival. While Guinness has yet to verify the record, town and event officials are pretty certain that they’re sitting pretty, with the town’s founder and namesake undoubtedly looking down and smiling upon this glorious tribute to his legacy.
“The Spam brand was excited to donate 1,400 pounds of Spam product to Fremont, Neb.’s, attempt at breaking the record for the largest sandwich, or Spamwich, as we like to call it,” said Nicole Behne, product manager, Hormel Foods. “It was a tasty treat for all involved, and we love that it helped showcase one of the most popular ways Americans eat Spam today.” (Via Austin Daily Herald)
So how exactly does one make a 1,600-pound Spam sandwich? Images and a recipe for disaster after the jump.
That dough was spread on a 14-foot by 6-foot baking surface designed for the event. Once the dough was ready, a forklift placed it in a special oven made from a trailer body that was rigged with heating elements capable of producing 400,000 BTUs.
Hormel employees and their families grilled about 11,500 slices — 1,242 pounds — of Spam for the sandwich, and spent hours piling those slices onto the freshly baked bread. The Spam was topped with nine cases of pickles and two cases of mustard to meet the Guinness specifications.
And yes, the townspeople all gathered and sampled the sandwich, since their effort was more than 300-pounds greater than the last record holder. In future news, the town of Fremont, Nebraska will celebrate the world’s largest tapeworm infestation.