Alnwick butcher’s sausage is BBQ runner-up

Mark Turnbull, right, receives his award from pork sausage category sponsor, Michael Rawsthorne, of Innovative Food Ingredients.
Mark Turnbull, right, receives his award from pork sausage category sponsor, Michael Rawsthorne, of Innovative Food Ingredients.

Turnbull’s of Alnwick clinched a runners-up accolade in the national final of the Butchers Q Guild 2016 BBQ Competition.

The Market Street shop qualified for the national final’s traditional pork sausage category after being chosen as regional champion in the North-East heat.

The national finale was staged at Eastwood Hall, near Nottingham, on Sunday.

This year’s contest attracted a record entry of almost 400 barbecue products from Q Guild butchers nationwide.

The leading meat sector body represents more than 110 award-winning butchers, from the Scottish Highlands down to the south coast.

Robert Alexander Butchers in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, became the overall Q Guild supreme barbecue champion with its speciality barbecue product, coffee-crusted BBQ steak.

Turnbull’s owner Mark Turnbull is also the Q Guild’s national chairman.

He said: “The BBQ Competition saw an extremely high standard of entries and was fiercely fought out between all finalists.

“I would like to offer hearty congratulations to all those who succeeded in making it to the finals, as winning a regional event is in itself no easy feat.

“In the end, the category winners really have proved themselves to be the cream of the crop and I wish to congratulate them all on their achievement.”

The 2016 Q Guild BBQ Championships were sponsored by industry suppliers Innovative Food Ingredients, Dalziel, DB Foods, The Dalesman Group, Scobie and Junor, and Baro Lighting.

In the regional heat, Turnbull’s also earned gold awards for its Thai pork burger and beef ravioli.