Not much beats a good sausage – especially one named Ennis.
The meaty treat took a leaf out of its namesake’s book to take gold in a banger cook off in Sheffield.
The Ennis sausage – dedicated to Sheffield’s Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis – produced by butcher H Hofmann & Sons was named Yorkshire and Humberside winner of British Sausage Week’s national banger.
The winning butcher, based in Wakefield, received the coveted British Banger Award from stand-up star Al Murray ‘The Pub Landlord’.
Butchers from all over the country entered this year’s competition, submitting their tastiest and most innovative sausages in the Stand Up for British Bangers and Iconic Sausages categories.
And Sheffield’s butchers were well represented.
Hoffman’s Ennis Sausage was shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Iconic Sausage category and the butcher went on to beat seven others to receive the British Banger Award place in the British Sausage Week Hall of Fame.
Al Murray said: “The standard of bangers I tasted in Sheffield was really quite high, but the Ennis Sausage was a little bit special.
“You honestly can’t do much better than the taste of the Ennis. I could eat it all day.
“It deserves its British Banger Award and its place in the British Sausage Week Hall of Fame.”
Other winners included Sheffield’s Moss Valley Fine Meats, based in Norton.
The company’s Bradfield Ale Banger, described by judges as a sausage bursting with local provenance, taste and quality, took a Stand Up For British Bangers Award.
And its Sheffield Golden Girl Apple and Cider Banger took an award in the Iconic Sausage section.
Walkley-based Chris Beech Quality Meats’ Olympian banger – a ring of pork and black pepper smeared with Greek passion Grill oil – also won an award in the Iconic section.