Far North butcher snags state sausage king win

The Weekend Post - - News -

A NORTH­ERN beaches butcher will try to prove he is a cut above the coun­try’s best after he was crowned Queens­land’s tra­di­tional beef sausage king.

Clifton Beach Butch­ery owner Mitch Ham­mond will take his award-win­ning sausage to Mel­bourne next year after blitz­ing the field at the Ekka last week.

“I guess we had the fresh­est and best qual­ity in­gre­di­ents,” he said. “It is just get­ting that meat to fat ra­tio per­fect. Mak­ing sure they aren’t too dry and not too fatty. We put our own lit­tle spin on it.”

Mr Ham­mond sources his meat from the Table­lands and other lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

The vic­tory was the first time the 30-year-old has en­tered a sausage com­pe­ti­tion.

“We were qui­etly con­fi­dent, but we never ex­pected to win,” he said.

Mr Ham­mond moved to Clifton Beach from New South Wales about 12 months ago.

He said the life­style and op­por­tu­nity to run his first butcher shop were draw­cards.

“We came up for a hol­i­day then packed up and moved up after that,” he said.

The Aus­tralian Meat In­dus­try Coun­cil’s Na­tional Sausage King com­pe­ti­tion is held an­nu­ally. The com­pe­ti­tion starts at a re­gional level in NSW, Queens­land, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia and West­ern Aus­tralia.

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