Some were cheesy, others were spicy – but in the end it was a recipe passed down from uncle to nephew that was named overall Butcher’s Pride Sausage Competition winner 2013.
Gosberton butcher Trevor Sharpe’s recipe, refined and perfected over the last 35 years, was the judges’ pick from almost 20 rivals to clinch the top prize presented by South Holland and The Deepings MP, John Hayes, at Boston College’s Spalding campus on Friday.
Butchers from across South Holland and Boston were bidding to succeed last year’s winner, George Adams of Spalding with a 102-year-old recipe, and lay claim to having the title of Lincolnshire’s top sausage.
Trevor (53), has been a butcher since the age of 16 and runs his own shop in Gosberton which is currently developing a new free-range sausage using Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork.
He said: “My uncle was a butcher and he gave me a recipe 35 years ago that he wasn’t entirely happy with.
“I changed it over the years until I was happy with it and decided to enter it in the competition.
“I always thought it would do well but I’m overwhelmed to have won because that’s what every other butcher wanted to happen.”
A judging panel that included Mr Hayes, Lincolnshire food expert Mary Powell and Steve Cottrell, curriculum leader for hospitality and catering at Boston College, were won over by its good texture, meaty taste and well-balanced flavour.
This year’s competition featured two categories, butcher’s choice and Lincolnshire sausages, and other prizewinners included Hargraves Butchers of Pinchbeck, Tulip Land Foods of Donington and George Adams for its Stilton cheese flavoured sausage.
Mr Hayes said: “This competition is about boosting the Lincolnshire sausage and small independent butchers in Lincolnshire because the more recognition that they get, the better it is for South Holland.”