Veteran butcher snags gold
AFTER 35 years in Coffs Harbour, Bray Street Butchery has been crowned with the prestigious Sausage King title.
Owner Greg Goodman said this was the first time the butchery had entered the regional Australian Meat Industry Council competition for over 10 years and the first time he had walked away with a win.
"We didn't expect to win but we're over the moon," he said.
"We sell quality meat - it's just the way we've always made them; following the recipe we use all the time.
"A lot of people tell us how good they are - they're a popular flavour."
The entry that snagged the win for the veteran butcher was a beef sausage submitted in the Traditional Australian section.
A judging team of consumer and trade experts used specific criteria that examine the visual appearance of the entries when cooked and uncooked.
They also judge each sausage on its palatability, texture and flavour.
Mr Goodman said the now award-winning pure beef sausages had always been a winner around the Goodman dinner table.
But he was shy about sharing the secret ingredient.
"The one thing I will say is you've got to get your mixture right, you're texture right, and make sure your ingredients are right."
He said he was already thinking about next year's competition before his retirement at the end of 2016.
"We have a few types we could enter but it was the good old plain beef that won this year," he said.
Urunga Butchery also came up trumps with a joint win in the Traditional Australian category, as well as third place in the Australian Lamb category for their kofta curry sausage.
Both butchers now head to the state finals to be held in Port Macquarie on September 12.