If I happen to be on your Instagram or Facebook news feeds, then you may already know where I was yesterday. But for those who came in late, here’s my post-daycation slide show…
Yesterday was a really big day for Hondo’s Dirt Road Cookers. After gaining some well-earned fame for their massive pizza, they were about to have their achievement certified by Guinness World Records as The World’s Largest Pizza. And to celebrate, they set up their oven in Alamo Plaza, where they would cook and serve their piece de resistance to fans both new and old.
Dirt Road Cookers is supported by Western Wood, Inc. (a top supplier of wood products for BBQ and grilling), so Chadd was there to help document the event, and Nikki and I were there to support him and the cooks – and, of course, to try the pizza.
This is the oven that actually cooks the pizza. It’s even more impressive in person – trust me on this.
The Dirt Road Cookers team had set up shop directly in front of the Guinness World Records Museum, just feet away from this lifesize statue of Robert Wadlow. At 8 feet 11 inches, Wadlow is officially recognized by Guinness as the tallest human being in recorded history…
…and the pizza (as represented by the pan it was baked on) is only one foot shorter than his record. That should provide some perspective on how massive it really is.
Of course, for a pizza that size, the dough had to be prepared in pieces, then assembled on said pan. Now, just one of those pieces would make an impressive pizza in its own right. Imagine them all together…
It would look pretty much exactly like this.
This was one of the more creative pizzas I’ve seen. The four flavors, as hinted at above, were Frito Pie (complete with cheddar and chips). Nacho (hence the refried beans), Chicken Fried Steak, and Chicken Chili. You really have to appreciate the Tex-Mex twist.
It took five people – I repeat, FIVE – to move that pizza into the oven. That alone was an impressive achievement…
…but the result was even more impressive.
By the end of the day, the decision had been certified, and Dirt Road Cookers can now lay proud claim to The World’s Largest Pizza.
(We did get to try it too. It’s really quite good.)
From beginning to end, it was a fascinating process, and pretty spectacular. To everyone at Dirt Road Cookers, congratulations on your achievement, and thank you for sharing it with all of us!
Thanks also to Nikki and Chadd for letting me know about this event. It was great being a part of it.
And thanks as always to you for following along. Next time, I hope you can make it out to see this thing in person.
Until then, “be seeing you…”