Laurie hoping to prove he is top dog with original sausage recipe

PUBLISHED: 15:51 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 13 October 2016

Laurie Spencer with his original recipe sausages.

Laurie Spencer with his original recipe sausages.

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Laurie Spencer, of Porkies in New Street, will face off against two other butchers in the regional finals of British Sausage Week 2016.

A Honiton butcher’s sausage recipe has propelled him to the finals of a prestigious competition.

Laurie Spencer, of Porkies in New Street, will face off against two other butchers in the regional finals of British Sausage Week 2016.

The 37-year-old will find out if he has won at a lavish award ceremony in London on Tuesday, November 1.

Dad-of-one Laurie said: “It is quite an achievement for me.

“The judges have been in the business for years. They know an awful lot about pork and sausages - they are pretty clued up. To get a basic pork sausage to the finals and to be one of the three finalists in the South West is pretty good!”

Although Laurie’s recipe is a closely-guarded secret, he revealed the flavour of the sausage is brought out from a variety of spices.

He added that the casings are also natural - unlike most which are made with collagen.

Laurie said that while the creation of his recipe hit a few hiccups along the way, getting it right has led to it becoming a best-seller at his butchers shop.

“It took a while to get it right,” he said. “It hit a few hiccups along the way but it has now got to the point where it is extremely popular.

“This is the first time I have entered into a competition.

“We have been developing what we do and now we can start entering our products into competitions.

“The produce speaks for itself.”

Laurie will receive a certificate for making the final, and if he wins, claim the esteemed Golden Sausage.

British Sausage Week 2016 runs from Monday, October 31 to Sunday, November 6 and is in its 19th year.

Former JLS boyband member Jonathan Benjamin ‘JB’ Gill has been announced as the ambassador for this year’s competition.

Since leaving the band, he has become a farmer and reared pigs, cattle and deer.

JB said: “It’s a huge pleasure to be involved in British Sausage Week 2016, celebrating the amazing range of sausages from around the country. In our house, sausages are always a go-to option for a quick, easy and tasty mid-week meal, which my family loves tucking into.

“I’m passionate about food and it’s one of the reasons why I went into farming. I know from my own experience the attention and care which goes into producing quality fresh pork sausages, so when choosing your sausages look for the Red Tractor logo on pack.

“This way you’re not only supporting British farmers, but ensuring the sausages you eat are from pigs produced to high welfare standards. With more than 500 varieties to choose from, there’s a sausage to suit everyone’s tastes.”


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