JUST seven months in business and Reg Brook’s brand new Rockhampton butcher shop Parkhurst Quality Meats has shot to fame.
The stop’s already popular beef and cracked pepper entry clinched the title of Queensland’s champion gourmet sausage at the Sausage Kings competition at the Ekka.
“It’s my first shop and the first time I’ve entered the Sausage Kings,” Mr Brook said.
“We knew from customer feedback it was a good sausage based on a simple but effective combination.”
The winning sausage was developed by Mr Brook in consultation with senior butcher Ryan Cumner, who is a skilled smallgoods maker.
The winning sausage has been on sale in the new shop in Parkhurst Town Centre since it opened.
The Brooks, along with with the other Sausage King winners from the Ekka, will next compete in the Sausage Kings nationals in Melbourne in February.
Traditional Australian beef: Gold. Clifton Beach Butchery, Clifton Beach. Silver. Circle T Meats, Raceview. Bronze. Mundubbera Butchering Co, Mundubbera.
Traditional Australian pork: Gold. Loveday’s Quality Meats, Burleigh Heads. Silver. Elite Meats, Boonah. Bronze. Aussie Smokehouse, Warana.
Poultry: Master Butchers Whitsunday, Airlie Beach (Chicken Margareta). Silver. Loveday’s Quality Meats, Burleigh Heads (Szechuan Chicken). Bronze. Gray’s Modern Meat Mart, Toowoomba (Tandoori Chicken).
Lamb/Open class. Gold. Circle T Meats, Raceview (Moroccan Lamb). Silver. Carina North Quality Meats, Carina (Smokey Maple & Bacon). Bronze. Master Butchers Whitsunday, Airlie Beach (Lamb, Herb, Cheese & Garlic).
Continental. Gold. Aussie Smokehouse, Warana (Bratwurst). Silver. Borgo Salumi, Holland Park (Fresh Italian Sausages). Bronze. Mackay Wholesale Meats, Mackay (Italian Style).
Gourmet/Open class. Gold. Parkhurst Quality Meats, Rockhampton (Beef & Cracked Pepper). Silver. Loveday’s Quality Meats, Burleigh Heads (Smokey Maple & Bacon). Bronze. Better Buy Meats, Yamanto (Honey Satay Beef).
Best Butchers Beef Burger. 1. Mt Pleasant Meat Specialist, Mount Pleasant (Gourmet Beef). 2. Loveday’s Quality Meats, Burleigh Heads (Dry Aged Angus Beef Burger). 3. Schulte’s Meat Tavern, Plainland (Beef, Tomato & Onion Burger).
Best Butchers Gourmet/Open Class Burger. 1. Carina North Quality Meats, Carina (Tuscan Italian Burger). 2. Elite Meats, Boonah (Roasted Chilli & Haloumi Burger). 3. Barrow Lane, Mitchelton (Lamb Burgers).
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