New Zealand’s top ‘snarler’ announced for National Sausage Day

Supreme award winner, a chicken lime and lemongrass sausage from Mangawhai Meat Shop.

Today is National Sausage Day and we have a top sausage to celebrate with, after it was announced at Auckland’s Fresh Factory.

The nation’s top sausage has been found at Mangawhai Meat shop with the Chicken, Lime and Lemongrass sausage beating 500 other sausages in the Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.

Competition judge and president of Food Writers New Zealand, Kathy Paterson says this sausage will have Kiwis lining up for more.

“This sausage was mouth-watering; it really stood out from the rest because of its flavour combination which while unique wasn’t over the top – it was just perfect really,” says Paterson.

Dan and Ange Klink, Mangawhai Meat Shop with their award.
Dan and Ange Klink, Mangawhai Meat Shop with their award.

“I know the maker of this sausage, Dan Klink, is an extremely passionate butcher and it really shows. The competition is all about finding the best and I’m confident we have done that.”

There was a long process behind naming this sausage as number one in New Zealand, with the 500 entries allocated into one of 12 categories such as traditional beef and poultry.

All entries were examined, pulled apart and tasted by a panel of 24 judges made up of chefs, food writers and industry heavyweights.

From here, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in each category with the gold medallists being re-judged against one another at the final judging day where Klink’s sausage came out on top.

New World Rollenston’s Pork & Tasmanian Apple Cider won the People’s Choice Award which was decided at a public tasting event last week.

The Devro New Zealand Wild Card winner was awarded to Col’s Butchery’s Free Range Chicken & Parsley sausage for gaining the highest score out of all the sausages made in a Devro casing.

The competition is sponsored by Devro, Kerry Ingredients, Hally Labels and Alto Packaging.

Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition 2016 results

Supreme Award: Mangawahi Meat Shop, Chicken, Lime & Lemongrass

People’s Choice Award: New World Rollenston, Pork & Tasmanian Apple Cider

Devro New Zealand Wildcard Winner: Col’s Butchery, Free Range Chicken & Parsley

Gold medallists:

Beef category:

  • Harris Meats, Old English Beef

Pork category:

  • PAK’nSAVE Riccarton, Country Pork

Flavoured category:

  • Greytown Butcher, Beef Flavour

Poultry category:

  • Col’s Butcher, Free Range Chicken & Parsley
  • Mangawhai Meat Shop, Chicken, Lime & Lemongrass

Pre-Cooked category:

  • Hellers, Classic Saveloys
  • Peter Timbs Meats, Pork, Lemon & Parsley

Continental Fresh category:

  • New World Stonefields, Fresh Chorizo

Continental Ready-to-eat category:

  • Ashby’s Butchery – The Naked Banger, Pepperoni Bierstick

Black Pudding / Rounds category:

  • Waikanae Butchery, White Pudding

Traditional Flavour category:

  • New World Rangiora, Free Farmed Pork ‘n’ Fennel

Gourmet Beef category:

  • Aussie Butcher New Lynn – Reuben’s Made in Store, Beef, Mushroom & Parmesan

Gourmet Pork category:

New World Rolleston, Pork & Tasmanian Apple Cider

  • Peter Timbs Meats, Pork, Jalapeno & Cheese

Gourmet Varietal category:

  • Peter Timbs Meats, Wild Venison & Black Plum

Silver medallists:

Beef category:

  • PAK’nSAVE Riccarton, Old English Beef
  • PAK’nSAVE Moorhouse, Traditional Beef

Pork category:

  • Ellerslie Meats, Traditional Pork

Flavoured category:

  • Preston’s Master Butchers, Preston’s Beef Flavoured
    Continental Fresh category:
  • L’Authentique, Traditional Toulouse
  • Raeward Fresh Richmond, Boerewors

Continental Ready-to-eat category:

  • Magills Butchery, Smoked Romanian Pork & Garlic

Black Pudding / Rounds category:

  • Ellerslie Meats, Black Pudding

Traditional Flavour category:

  • Drycreekmeats, Free Farmed Pork & Bacon

Gourmet Beef category:

  • PAK’nSAVE Riccarton, Bacon, Cheese & Tomato
  • New World Bishopdale, Creamy Blue Cheese & Beef

Gourmet Varietal category:

  • New World Stanmore, Lamb, Pumpkin, Feta & Chives

Bronze medallists:

Pork category:

  • Aussie Butcher New Lynn – Reuben’s Made in Store, Free Farmed True Pork

Flavoured category:

  • Countdown, Pork Flavoured

Pre-Cooked category:

  • Hellers, Original Cocktails

Poultry category:

  • Elite Meats, Chicken, Spinach & Pinenut

Continental Ready-to-eat category:

  • Peter Timbs Meats, Portuguese

Black Pudding / Rounds category:

  • Fraser Park Butchery – Burger’s Butchery, Black Pudding

Traditional Flavour category:

  • Aussie Butcher New Lynn – Reuben’s Made in Store, Pork, Sage & Onion

Gourmet Pork category:

  • PAK’nSAVE, Rangiora, Premium Pork & Mustard

Gourmet Varietal category:

  • The Village Butchery Waiheke, Duck & Orange

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