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With nearly 2,200 participants, Hermosillo claims world record for most simultaneously grilling

Sonora’s international reputation for carne asada — or grilled beef — is well known. But now the capital city Hermosillo has a new record to boast about.

With nearly 2,200 participants tending to thousands of pounds of beef, the mass cookout in downtown Hermosillo was far more than sufficient to earn the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously grilling or barbecuing. That distinction was previously heldby a city in Canada.

“It internationally certifies that Hermosillo is the carne asada capital of the world,” Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo said of the recognition.

Proceeds from the accomplishment will support athletes from the state.

Hermosillo previously won Guinness recognition for the longest grill — at more than a kilometer — in 2005, and the largest serving of tacos in 2015.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.