A meats association in Uruguay set a new world record on April 13, 2008, to host the world’s biggest barbeque on a single grill totalling 1,500 meters in length.

1,252 volunteer cooks grilled 12 metric tonnes of beef and about 20,000 spectators cried with joy when a Guinness judge confirmed the barbecue record had been broken.
One of the cooks told the press: “I’m very proud to be Uruguayan. We have the best beef and now we have the world’s biggest barbecue.”

The organizer said the gargantuan cookout is held to promote the country’s image as a major cattle producer.

The vice president of the National Meats Institute (a.k.a. INAC in Spanish), Fernando Perez Abella said: “Uruguay is very small, it’s not known for other events so we have to use these kinds of gimmicks so people find out where Uruguay is and what it has to offer.”