Following the success of their National Sausage King title, Mathie’s Meat Shoppe had to take a break from the competition for a couple of years.
It’s rules, following the national title win, but they’ve come back from their break to take the state title of Sausage King for the fourth time.
Jason and his wife Delvene, along with their butcher and smallgoods apprentice Jim Greet attended the state Australian Meat Industry Council awards on Saturday night in Adelaide.
Not only did they take home the sausage king title, Mathie’s Meat Shoppe won more gold medals than ever before in the smallgoods section.
Jason said they’ve had the best year yet with their smallgoods, they’ve even added a new ‘smallgoods’ fridge to their shopfront stocking their award-winning cranskys, hotdogs, hams, bacon and other gourmet lines.
“Jimmy, out the back, is doing a smallgoods apprenticeship so we are trying a few new lines,” Jason said.
Jason said they had previously only won a single gold for their smallgoods, but to take home five was an achievement – one of those gold medals was for their newly introduced Camel Meatwurst.
He said to win a gold, the product must be marked at 90 percent or more by two or three judges.
Since first entering the competition back in 2009, the business has varied their recipe to suit the customers and they’ve tried new and different things to keep it fresh.
To take out their fourth SA Sausage King Title was exciting and Jason said they had changed the recipe – which sees a mix of beef and saltbush hogget come together for a barbeque sausage – this alteration will be on show at the national competition to be held in February.
“It’s good to win it back, it is probably our favourite one,” Jason said.
Awards they received included (among others): Sausage King – traditional Australian sausage; Runner-up in the burger category; Chilli-Texan sausage runner-up; Third place with their butter chicken sausage; Third place with their lamb curry.