Bindoon banger is best

Craig Herbert with his award-winning sausages. Picture: Bruce Hunt d427405
Craig Herbert with his award-winning sausages. Picture: Bruce Hunt d427405

He set up his butcher business just three months ago and already the shop has the WA Sausage King competition’s top award in the gourmet and open class sausage category.

Renowned in the Bindoon community for their creatively made gourmet sausages, Bindoon Fresh Meats’ winner comprised beef, cheese, cracked pepper and parsley.

With about 25 different style of sausage in rotation, Bindoon Fresh Meats were always going to be tough competition in the gourmet and open class category. Mr Herbert said the secret to a scrumptious sausage was simply good local ingredients and lovingly making the produce by hand.

‘The Bindoon Banger is our signature sausage and was originally conceptualised by our apprentice Rhys, but has been recently tweaked to competition standards,’ he said.

The State award means Mr Herbert will have a chance at the national Sausage King title in Adelaide next February.

Midland butcher Tony Palmieri was a multi-award winner.

He has been running Tony’s House of Tender Meats for 25 years and added another trophy to his shiny collection last week when he took the top spot in the continental category.

His Spanish chorizo recipe proved popular with the judges.

When asked what is the secret ingredient, he smiles cheekily and politely declines to say.

‘This one is mostly made for Swan Valley restaurants and I thought that seeing that it is popular, I would try it in a competition, and it did well,’ he said.

The awards were announced at an Australian Meat Industry Council dinner last Tuesday.

Mr Palmieri will also be off to Adelaide for the national competition.