Thursday, June 12, 2008

Peoples Choice BBQ - Standard Sausage

2008 Peoples Choice BBQ Awards – Standard Sausage

The first category is the Standard Sausage selection. This and the Specialty Sausage categories had the most entries. After evaluating dozens of sausages from different regions and with different styles the top three finishers in the Standard category are:

1st Meyers Elgin Sausage – Garlic

This was one of the highest rated sausage of all the categories. The garlic taste was mild enough to be enjoyed without overpowering the flavor of the meat. An excellent sausage that was enjoyed by all participants, regardless of palette or background.

2nd Southside Market – Jalapeno Cheddar

Southside Market had some of the highest aggregate scores of the sausages presented and when you taste this sausage the reason for their success is clear. The flavors were beautifully melded. No one taste overpowered the others. The jalapeno flavor was enjoyable without having too intensive a heat.

3rd Altengartz Bratwurst

The common theme from the tasters was that this is what you think of when you think of sausage. The flavor profile is exactly online with the best of sausages with a quality that you can’t find elsewhere. It’s almost as if you took what you had in your mind as the iconic sausage and then ramped up the quality to the nth degree. This is what you envision when you want sausage but sadly never get what you envision.

Check back for the next category tomorrow and look for the overall highest rated sausages at the end of the series.

Thanks to my wonderful nieces for the photos and labels.


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