To highlight the 2010 edition of the annual three-day Expocampo event in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, Fundación Produce Yucatán decided to hold a Guinness World Records attempt for the largest serving of roast pork. They chose cochinita pibil, a wildly popular and historical regional dish with pork as its main ingredient, as the vessel through which to achieve this feat.
The record had been a smashing success: needing at least 500 kg (1,102.31 lbs) worth of serving to establish a new Guinness World Records achievement, the participants churned out a shattering 3,094.2 kg (6,821.54 lbs) of cochinita pibil for a new world record!
Perhaps the best way to describe the impressive feat accomplished is to simply break it down by the numbers. Some telling statistics from this attempt:
Total weight: 3,094.2 kg (6,821.54 lbs)
Ingredients (with weight): Pork (2,897.2 kg/6387.23 lbs), Achiote spice (140 kg/308.65 lbs), salt (25 kg/55.12 lbs), beef seasoning (20 kg/44.09 lbs) and various other spices (12 kg/26.46 lbs). The pork was also marinated in 500 litres of orange-flavored juice, while it was served to participants with onions and soft tortilla shells, but none of those measurements counted toward the record weight of the main dish.
Serving tray: 42 metres long, .85 metres wide and .18 metres deep (137.8ft x 2.79 x 0.59)
Number of ovens: 20
Number of chefs: 11
Number of servers: 38
Number of satisfied diners: Organisers estimated that some 10,000 people lined up for their free cochinita pibil and to be a part of Guinness World Records history throughout the record-setting day.