Vatterott College Builds Record Breaking Smoker

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500 pound bacon "hog log" to be cooked at BaconFest on March 23

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...this time it is an unusual, once-in-a-lifetime fun activity. The possibility of breaking a Guinness World Record and holding that that title is thrilling.

The Vatterott College – NorthPark’s welding program – is helping the St. Louis Baconfest team break a record. Baconfest plans to cook 500 pounds of bacon in a custom built smoker created by the students in the welding program at Vatterott College’s NorthPark campus. Baconfest runs from
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 in Kiener Plaza.

This custom smoker is 50 feet long. It is made of approximately 300 feet of welds, has 30 support legs and weighs 1.5 tons. The smoker was constructed by students in just under a month and took approximately 100 hours to complete. Baconfest will transport the smoker to Baconfest where it will cook a record-breaking 500 pound bacon “hog log.”

“This project created a lot of excitement in the welding program and Vatterott College is proud of all who participated in the construction,” says Scott Thornhill Program Director of the welding program at Vatterott College – NorthPark. “While we continuously focus on applying the information students are learning at Vatterott College to real life experiences, this time it is an unusual, once-in-a-lifetime fun activity. The possibility of breaking a Guinness World Record and holding that title is thrilling.”

The Vatterott smoker was created in 10 foot sections for transportation and once fully assembled, it will be just over 50 feet long. The smoker is able to cook 1200 foot-long hot dogs at one time. It would take 240 George Foreman grills to cook what the Vatterott smoker can all at once.

Vatterott College offers an Associates of Occupational Studies degree in Welding, a 90-week program that focuses on welding theories, safety requirements, cutting techniques, and welding terminology. Students learn real-world applications of welding through labs and technical hands-on training. Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals. They offer a variety of program options, flexible schedules, and convenient start dates. For more information call 314-264-1000 or go to for more information.

About Vatterott College
Vatterott College has been dedicated to providing quality career training to students seeking the skills to advance in their field since 1969. Vatterott, with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, has campuses across the Midwest. Diploma, associate and bachelor degrees are offered in trade industries and computer technology, with 25 locations, as well as an online division, across ten states. To learn more, please visit
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