TASTE TEST: Judges Martin Bennett, Steve Baranowski and Steve Fleming check out some of the sausage entries.
It’s official…. Western NSW butchers make some of the best sausages in the country!
At least that’s the opinion of two highly qualified judges at yesterday’s annual Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) Sausage King and Best Butchers Burger Competition held at TAFE Western’s Orange College.
“The quality here has been first-class,” AMIC’s Richard Taylor said. “The sausages that we’ve cooked and eaten really highlight the top quality butchers you have in the region.”
“Some of these sausages would certainly stack up against some of the best in the country,” fellow judge, consumer and trade expert Steve Fleming added.
“We’ve been really lucky here in Orange. There’s been more than 50 individual entries for the sausage competition and a handful of burgers, with some really exciting creations.”
Some of the more unique sausages entered for judging included a Crown Lager beer and beef sausage; a Hawaiian pizza sausage; a Mexican supreme sausage; a lamb, mint and rosemary sausage; a South African Boerewors sausage and a hot Italian sausage.
The sausages and burgers were scrutinised in the uncooked stage on internal and external appearance, texture, bloom, shape and consistency and then carefully cooked on the barbecue and judged on cooked appearance, distribution of texture and ingredients, and of course the flavour.
Woodward Street Quality Meats in Orange claimed top gong in the Traditional Aussie category, while Farmgate Meats from Bathurst produced the best Traditional Australian Gourmet sausage with their kakadu plum creation.
Other winners included S & S Meats from Mudgee (Poultry – chicken, sweet chilli and plum); Short’s Butchery from Narromine (Traditional Australian Pork – plain chicken); Parkes Central Butchery (Continental – Mexican; and Gourmet/Open – Mexican supreme); Gulgong Butchery (Best Burger – Aussie beef; and Australian Lamb – Moroccan lamb).
Winners will now proceed to the state finals in Port Macquarie on September 12.