Norm Milner named Sausage King
HE WOULDN’T have even dreamt there would be so many different varieties of sausages and that it would take him 31 years to win the king of all sausage awards in Queensland.
Norm Milner had already been dubbed the sausage king, but he can really smile about it now after winning first place in the Traditional Australian Beef category at the State Sausage King Competition last weekend. The Rockhampton butcher said he had been entering sausage competitions since 1980, and there was no gourmet sausage competition until 2000. Back then there would be four types of sausages entered in the gourmet category, compared to the 148 this year in the local competition.
“The most exotic one I’ve come across was a beef and chocolate sausage,” Mr Milner said.
He said the most popular of the 56 varieties his butcher shop on Campbell St made was beef and pumpkin.
Mr Milner said some of the experimental sausages they had tried, and didn’t work, included lemongrass and pork.
He said they would experiment with about 50 different flavour mixes a year, just to see if they could find the next best gourmet flavour.
One that did was caramel pork.
But there’s a few things you can’t deny about the Sausage King – with 51 years under his belt as a butcher, he knows his meat, and with the wall of certificates and shelf of awards for sausages – he is the expert.