An Angus butcher is toasting a sizzling success after being judged the best in the East of Scotland at the regional heat of the Scottish Beef Sausage Championship.
The competition, held in Perth’s Dewars Centre saw Newtyle butchers James Pirie and Son repeat their previous success in 2008 and 2012 by scooping the title again this year.
The firm will now go forward to represent the region at the final to be held in next month.
For the next stage, a mystery shopper will buy the links from all the regional winners, and a panel of experts will then decide which firm serves up the best butcher’s beef sausages in Scotland for 2018.
Douglas Scott, Chief Executive of the Scottish Craft Butchers said: “Scottish Butchers develop their meat products in consultation with their customers.
“Their feedback is very important and butchers can react quickly to changing consumer tastes since in most cases they make their sausages on the premises.
“This competition once again showcased the high levels of skill and pride in product among the craft butcher’s sector.
“I am certain that this event confirms to customers that it is worth making the effort to shop at their local butcher.”
The firm has been trading since 1960, and has accrued an enviable 143 awards for their produce, which includes 38 different varieties of sausages and burgers.