The team at Macarthur Country Meats are on their way to becoming sausage royalty.
The Camden butchery, owned by Phillip Byrne and managed by Chris Sawtell, won first place in several categories at the south west Australian Meat Industry Council’s Sausage King and Best Butcher’s Burger competition.
They will now compete for the state title on September 23.
Mr Sawtell said they regularly entered the competition but there were very pleased with their results this year.
“It was nice to win with our sausages and burgers – we put in a lot of effort,” he said.
“We try to enter the ones that are most popular with our customers.
“We also enter our new products as well.”
The butchery was awarded first for their traditional Australian pork, poultry, Australian lamb, continental and gourmet sausages along with a first place for the best butcher’s gourmet burger.
“I couldn’t say I have a favourite but I think the best one would be the Worcestershire and cracked pepper sausage that won the gourmet category,” Mr Sawtell said.
“I like them all to be honest.”
Coming up with new sausage and burger flavours isn’t easy so Mr Sawtell said it was often a team effort.
“We all sit down and talk about it,” he said.
“It’s a bit of trial and error because we don’t sell anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves.”
Mr Sawtell said competition was tough for butchers when it came to thinking of unique flavour ideas.
“You don’t just get thick beef sausages anymore, people want something different,” he said.
“It’s a point of difference for us butchers from the supermarkets.
“Anyone can sell meat but it’s the quality that makes the difference.”
Fellow butchers Camden Valley Meats in Camden and The Butchers Market in Harrington Park also placed highly in their categories.