Longest beef sosatie-world record set
by Arcelor Mittal
NEWCASTLE, South Africa --
440 participants from Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, created a
2.1km long beef sosatie-setting the world record for the Longest
Photo: Bennie van Wyk can hardly wait
to get stuck into the world-record winning sosatie made at
Newcastle. / Photo by Reint Dykema, Beeld (enlarge
Forty teams each threaded the meat, vegetables
and peaches onto a 5mm steel rod. Each rod was then welded
onto the next one, explained Reint Dykema of the Solidarity
The ingredients: 3 100 kg meat, 33 600 onions,
24 500 pieces of dried peach and 4 500 green peppers. The
secret ingredient: perseverance, because a massive rain storm
nearly derailed the event halfway through.
Every team was responsible for braaiing 50m of
the sosatie. The rules determined that it was not allowed
to break. Although the rain extinguished the flames, it couldn't
dampen the enthusiasm.
The fire was hurriedly rekindled to cook the
meat and the record was in the bag. Altogether 15 tons of
charcoal were used.
The rules required the sosatie, which would
be suspended above the fire on metal rods rather like a series
of joined spit braais, to be cooked as one continuous piece.
Mittal plant in Newcastle
had arranged the fundraising event.
The cooked sosatie was donated to charity organisations.
The previous world record for the Longest
beef sosatie was just over 1.5 kilometres.
Monday, October 20, 2008