Bargara Meats has been crowned National Champion for its bone-in leg ham at the Australian Meat Industry Council’s 2022 Australian Charcuterie Excellence Awards.
Going up against 350 other entries in the competition, the local butchers brought home seven gold awards along with one silver and two bronze across various categories.
Bargara Meats owner Daniel Sauer said the prestigious awards were open to manufacturers of Australian smallgoods products and he was chuffed with team’s results.
Dan entered a range of his handmade smallgoods with minimum expectation, but said his business received phenomenal results with a highlight of being named the National Champion for its maple infused bone-in leg ham.
“I am beyond proud to be named champion for our maple infused bone-in lag ham,” he said.
“We’re that busy at the moment, so honestly I don’t know how I feel about winning – but I have always been proud of my ham.”
Dan emphasised the importance of producing products that were locally sourced and made.
“All our pork is fresh and locally sourced,” he said.
“All our bacon and ham is made on site and we are proud of that.
“Using Australian pork is just so important to all of us.”
Bargara Meats has a proud history in the region after opening the family business in the community in 2008.
“We’ve been going for almost 15 years,” Dan said.
“This is the first time we have entered a national competition since Covid-19, and to bring home seven gold awards for our goods is just fantastic!”
The 2022 Australian Charcuterie Excellence Awards categories included bacon, ham, fermented salami, dried/cured and other charcuterie general smallgoods.
They were judged by an impressive line-up of butchers, award-winning celebrity chefs, artisan smallgoods makers and industry legends.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in line with set judging criteria, which was points-based.
The highest award was the 2022 Australian Charcuterie Excellence Awards category champion.
Assisting the judges in this year’s competition was Franz Knoll, who has 50 years’ experience as a smallgoods maker founding Barossa Fine Foods.
He said the purpose of the awards was to give recognition for outstanding individual manufacturers and what they could produce.
“These awards define a great product that is both domestic and internationally recognised as an Australian product of excellence, providing superior charcuterie products to the consumer,” Franz said.
“We look forward to the growth and profile of these awards year on year.”
Bargara Meats Charcuterie Excellence Awards achievements include:
- Gold and Ham Bone-In Champion 2022: Maple infused bone in leg ham
- Gold: Premium wood smoked bone in leg ham
- Gold: Traditional bone in leg ham
- Gold: Boneless leg ham Australian bacon
- Gold: Wood smoked bacon
- Gold: Premium bacon
- Gold: Streaky bacon
- Silver: Short cut bacon
- Bronze: Easy carve leg ham
- Bronze: Honey-garlic kabana
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