TWO of Gladstone's butchers have raised the stakes in meat quality, taking out gold and silver at the regional Australian Meat Industry Council Sausage King competition last weekend.
Tannum Meats won the pork category while Kin Kora Meats can now boast having the best beef sausages in central Queensland.
Both stores' entries will go on to Brisbane to compete at the state finals before the national competition later in the year.
Kin Kora Meats manager Scott Avis was pretty happy with winning silver in the pork section, but even more impressed with gaining the top honours.
"We didn't do any good with the chicken, lamb or flavoured ones, but the one that you want to win is the beef," he said.
There were about 30 entries for the beef category with butchers from Mackay, south to Bundaberg and out west to Mundubbera and Monto taking part in the overall competition.
To win the section the sausages must be visually appealing and satisfy the tastebuds.
"When I bring it out on a tray, the judges are looking that there are no air pockets, that you've filled it out completely, that they are all the same length," Mr Avis said.
"They have to look fresh and have a nice colour."