Rosalie Currier, Sturgis Journal
On Monday, after cooking for 32 hours, the behemoth was removed from the oven and placed on a scale (by a forklift). It came in at a little over 400 pounds, but that included the rack and wrapping. Just in case you were concerned about people surreptitiously placing their chubby fingers on the scale to jack up the weight, have no fear. The weigh in was overseen by official witnesses for the Guinness World Records. (Who knew that could be a job?)
The first 250 pounds were cut off and given to Meals on Wheels and the rest was to be served to an eager audience of more than 400 hungry souls.
But then culinary disaster struck: The temperature of the meatball's center had not reached 160 degrees, which meant it was not acceptable for the record (or safe to eat). So he organizers cut around the undercooked area. The edible portion -- which is considered the meatball's final weight -- was 254 pounds, still 30 pounds more than the last record. Of course it has to be approved by the officials at Guinness World Records.
Now don't you complain about the size of Nonna's meatballs ever again.