Sausage maker is sizzling

MASTER Butchers Whitsunday has beaten local butcher shops at the annual Tropical Queensland Sausage King 2010 competition in Townsville.

The local butcher shop took out the top prize in the sausage competition for its continental Spanish Chorizo sausage.

The butcher also won a gold award for its traditional Australian Pork sausage, silver and bronze awards for its poultry sausages, and a silver award in the traditional Australian section.

Co-owners Don Cameron and Karen Rix said the secret to their success is fresh produce.

“The judges not only looked at presentation of the sausages, but also at the texture, smell and of course taste,” Mrs Rix said.

The competition included butchers from the North Queensland region stretching from Clermont to the northern tip of the state.

The event was hosted by the Australian Meat Industry Council.

Feeding on from the local competition is the state competition, which is held in Brisbane in conjunction with the Royal Brisbane Show in August.

If the Master Butchers are successful they will then go on to represent Queensland at the National titles in Tasmania in February next year.

“We're from Tasmania originally, so we were hoping they would be held in Western Australia or something,” said Mr Cameron.

With more than 30 entries in each category, the local butchers were glad to have come out with so many accolades.

The award-winning sausages can be purchased in-store now.

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