Kabana, bacon added to a title
THE Whitundays very own 'sausage king' can add two more meats to his title, taking out national awards for both bacon and kabana.
Master Butchers Whitsunday and MBW On The Barbie were recently awarded first place in the Australian Meat Industry Council's Kabana and Pre-cooked Sausage categories at the Royal Queensland Show for their honey garlic and chicken and cheese and cracked pepper kabanas.
As if that weren't enough, the butcher's bacon also took third in the nation and second in the state in Australian Pork's PorkMark Awards for Excellence.
When asked about his secret for fantastic food, owner Don Cameron's answer was simple.
"It's the love," he said.
Co-owner Karen Rix said anyone locally could feel the love, with their in-store products made to the highest quality.
"We don't do a special batch for competitions," she said.
"What goes to the competitions is what you can buy in the shop."
Mr Cameron said it was "good to step outside sausages" and try something new.
"It's been great to get into manufacturing our own kabanas in the Whitsundays, as well as doing our own bacon," he said.
It appears local foodies appreciate the move as well, with Hamilton Island's exclusive qualia Resort already serving Master Butchers bacon.
There are other changes afoot as well, with plans to expand the Stewart Drive store and feature a Himalayan salt dry aging room, complete with a viewing window.