A trip up to Townsville has paid dividends for Master Butchers Whitsunday (MBW), securing a whopping ten gold medals at AMIC's North Queensland sausage king, best burger and smallgoods competition.
The competition was held at Tiny Mountain Brewery last Sunday with nine different butchers battling it out to be crowned champion of the north.
The team from MBW won the traditional beef sausage, traditional pork sausage, poultry sausage, lamb sausage and continental sausage, ham on bone, boneless ham, bacon, kabana and pre scalded sausage.
Based in Cannonvale, MBW have won multiple awards since getting involved with meat competitions ten years ago.
In 2015, their Italian Casalinga sausage went on to win the National Sausage King Championships in Adelaide.
Don Cameron from MBW Wholesale and Bulk said that there is no secret to creating a word-class sausage.
"We rely on good, fresh ingredients and good-quality meat; it's what our customers love," Mr Cameron said.
"All of our beef is sourced from down south, there's a real difference from good grass-fed pieces of meat.
Mr Cameron said the team are hoping for a repeat of the 2015 success.
"When we won the national prize in 2015, it was amazing for our business, we had orders from all around the country," he said.
Mother and son team Glenda McLaren and Nick Vantricht from Angliss Meats Aitkenvale took gold in the prestigious gourmet sausage category with their beef and pork mix chunky tomato premium sausage.
It was the Townsville locals' first time entering the competition, and Ms McLaren said they had always wanted to compete in the AMIC competition.
"Customers won't stop raving about the chunky tomato, so this year we finally decided to put our hat in the ring," Ms McLaren said.
"We have customers travel hours to get their hands on the chunky tomato sausage, from as far away as Cairns."
All regional winners will be heading down south to Brisbane in October this year to take on the best in the state.
Ms McLaren said she can't wait to make the north proud.
"It's all very exciting, it's great to have our work recognised by industry," she said.
Mosselle Meats Pty Ltd from Richmond took out gold in the best beef burger category, D and S Quality Meats from Ayr took gold in the best gourmet burger category and Tastes from Africa, Cannonvale, took the gold in the jerky category.
If successful at the state finals, the winners will go on to compete in the national competition next year.