Cocky’s Black Sauce awaits Wil­liam

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by John An­der­sen john. an­der­sen@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

BLACK sauce fit for a prince was sent from Townsville to Card­well yes­ter­day.

One dozen bot­tles of the Townsville-made Cocky’s Black Sauce, plus a large gift wrapped pre­sen­ta­tion mag­num, was sched­uled to leave Townsville yes­ter­day with Card­well Lions Club pres­i­dent Jim Ni­col­son for Satur­day’s Prince Wil­liam bar­be­cue. But, with the roads closed due to flood­ing, it was not known if Mr Ni­col­son would get through with his cargo of royal black sauce. There were con­cerns Mr Ni­col­son and his right royal sauce would have to spend the night parked in front of any num­ber of f l o o d e d c r e e ks b e t ween Townsville and Card­well.

The sec­ond in line to the Bri­tish throne will get to splash what is con­sid­ered to be the prince of all black sauces over his snags.

Cocky’s Black Sauce is made by Julie Emerson who mar­kets her gourmet sauces and spreads in Cot­ter’s mar­ket on Sun­day morn­ings.

Ms Emerson said vine­gar, trea­cle, an­chovies, ta­marind paste and spices were among the in­gre­di­ents in her black sauce.

‘ ‘ And t here’s a l ot of love. . . as well,’’ she said.

Ms Emerson’s hus­band Ian said his wife started mak­ing it af­ter he com­plained tra­di­tional black s a u c e s h a d l o s t t h e i r ‘‘ oomph’’.

As well as the black sauce, Prince Wil­liam will dine on sausages made in Card­well from beef pro­duced by the Tully-based Blen­ner­has­sett fam­ily.

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