Zac’s Meats’ Stephen Austin with his top-placed pork sausages.
Zac’s Meats’ Stephen Austin with his top-placed pork sausages. Mike Knott

Butchers take top Ekka awards

TWO Bundaberg butchers have carved out a tasty reputation for the region after taking out top state awards at the Ekka.

Zac's Meats and Barritt's Butchery served up their best entries in the Sausage King State Finals and judges were impressed.

Zac's was awarded first place in the Traditional Australian Pork section for their traditional pork sausages and second place in the Butcher's Choice Competition for their hot pot casserole.

Business owner Stephen Austin said he was thrilled with the win.

“It was quite exciting,” he said.

“We've never had a first before. We've had a few seconds and thirds, so this is really good.”

Mr Austin said he had no tricks up his sleeve when it came to cooking.

“There's no secret,” he said.

“It's all about providing a consistent and fresh product. That's what keeps people coming back.”

Barritt's Butchery cemented the region's success, winning second place in the Leg Ham on the Bone section and second in the dried meats section for their Italian pancetta.

“We're over the moon,” owner Des Barritt said.

“We are really honoured, especially since we were so close to first place. It was separated by one point.”

Biggenden Meatworks owner Peter Gibbs supplies both of the award-winning butchers and said he was thrilled about the wins.

“We supply both of the butchers with about 95% of their meats. They demand the best and that's what we give them,” he said.

Mr Gibbs said the quality product came down to local produce.

“It's all really fresh,” he said.

“Most of the time it goes from paddock to plate within two days. We want to extend our congratulations to both butchers. This Queensland-wide competition is the pinnacle for our industry.”

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