OUTBACK SAUSAGE PRIZE: Killarney Butchery wins third place at sausage king competition, Judge Allan Rowan presenting Killarney butcher Steve Carey with his third place title.
OUTBACK SAUSAGE PRIZE: Killarney Butchery wins third place at sausage king competition, Judge Allan Rowan presenting Killarney butcher Steve Carey with his third place title. Steve Carey

Southern Downs butchery is crowned a sausage king

A SOUTHERN Downs butchery has brought home a prize from the 2018 Australian Meat Industry Council Outback Sausage King competition.

Killarney Butchery took third place for best traditional beef sausage.

Travelling to the Jandowae Timber Festival on Sunday, the Killarney butcher sourced the finest local produce to take up north.

The competition had a range of categories with 190 entrants across all sections of the barbecue meat challenge.

Owner Steve Carey said he was amazed by the produce brought to the competition.

"A lot of thought went into the combination of flavours in the sausages and burgers there, great stuff from the butchers.”

With four judges inspecting the appearance and quality of 25 competitors products, Mr Carey was pleased to come home with a title.

"I was pretty stoked, you're always in the laps of the gods and you never know what's going to happen,” he said.

Considered to be one of the most popular categories the traditional beef section attracts a lot of attention.

"Typically the beef sausages are your best seller, they are with us,”Mr Carey said.

"It's one of the tougher areas that get a lot of entries to compete against.

"We get a lot of compliments on our beef sausages so I knew I might have had a shot,” the butcher said.

Mr Carey along with his wife Karen have been operating the Killarney Butchery for two years and this was the second time entering the sausage competition.

"Last year we entered in a few categories but didn't come home with anything so it feels good to go back and take home third place,” he said.

The title winning sausages were made up from locally sourced meat with the butchers own herb blends.