There was chilli, Guiness, apple, red onion, apricot and garlic but in the end it was a traditional recipe passed down through generations that was crowned south Lincolnshire’s tastiest sausage.
For the fourth time since the competition was first launched by local MP John Hayes in 2012, Spalding butcher’s George Adams took the top prize with their 1910 recipe Lincolnshire sausage.
Each time the Crescent butcher’s has won the Lincolnshire sausage category it has also claimed the overall Butcher’s Pride crown.
Winning the specialist sausage category this year was Trevor Sharpe, of Gosberton, and for once it wasn’t what was put in the sausage but what was taken out, as the judges were wowed by his low-fat recipe.
Organised by Boston College on behalf of Mr Hayes, the event took place this year at The Moorings pub in Commercial Road and was once again a huge success.
The pub proved a wonderful venue and cooks Keiran Healey and Jill Moore prepared the sausages for the judges, who ‘blind tested’ in two sittings, firstly with 13 Lincolnshire sausage recipes and then with 16 speciality sausages.
They had no idea whose sausage they were tasting and judged them individually on appearance and smell, texture, taste and seasoning and flavour.
Marks were then added up in each category to arrive with the two winners, and the top mark overall was crowned the Butcher’s Pride champ.
The judging panel comprised of: John Hayes MP, writer and broadcaster Alan Stennett, Keith Gott from the Federation of Small Businesses, Free Press editor Jeremy Ransome, Boston College chair of governors Peter Cropley and Elizabeth Sneath from South Holland District Council.
George Adams beat Bycrofts by just seven points to win the Lincolnshire sausage contest, while Trevor Sharpe’s low fat winner was only one point ahead of two Gary Simpson efforts in the speciality category – the pork and apricot recipe and the cracked black pepper one.
George Adams followed up last year’s chilli and lime winner with the Red Devil this year – a sausage packed with chilli – while Grasmere Farms came fifth with their garlic effort.
Other interesting recipes included the Guinness and black pepper and the pork and apple by Hargreaves of Pinchbeck, Trevor Sharpe’s gluten-free sausage, George Adams’ red onion and herb and Bennett’s Butchers of Spalding with their spicy wild boar.
Hargreaves’ smokey barbecue went down well with some of the judges as did Frisby of Crowland with their pork and vension.
George Adams butcher Michael Atkinson told the Free Press: “Our 1910 sausage has always been very popular, especially for the older generation.
“It’s always an honour to win this competition and it’s always enjoyable entering with all the other butchers.
“It’s a good showcase of what we can do and everyone’s a winner really.”
Talking about the spicy Red Devil, he said: “We will put it in a more synthetic skin for the summer and it should be great for barbecues.”
Trevor Sharpe said his award-winning low fat sausage had been developed at the request of many customers.
“I’ve been selling it for four years now and it’s really popular,” he said.
“It’s only about five per cent fat and we started doing one mix a week but now we’re up to two.”
He said his gluten-free sausage is also very popular and people travel from outside of the village to get his varieties.
1 – George Adams of Spalding; 2 – Bycroft’s of Boston; 3 – Gary Simpson of Spalding; 4 – Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; 5 – Grasmere Farm of Market Deeping.
1 – Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton: Low fat recipe; 2= Gary Simpson of Spalding: Pork and apricot; 2= Gary Simpson of Spalding: Cracked black pepper; 4 – George Adams of Spalding: Red Devil; 5 – Grasmere Farm of Market Deeping: Garlic.
BUTCHER’S PRIDE OVERALL CHAMPION
George Adams of Spalding: 1910 Recipe Lincolnshire Sausage
2016: Lincolnshire Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Speciality Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.
2015: Lincolnshire Sausage: Bycroft’s of Boston; Speciality Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Butcher’s Pride Award: Bycroft’s of Boston.
2014: Lincolnshire Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Speciality Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.
2013: Lincolnshire Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Speciality Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Butcher’s Pride Award: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton.
2012: Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.