The top meat companies in the Show-Me State certainly showed off their best products at this year’s Missouri Association of Meat Processors Annual Convention. Held in Columbia, Mo. on March 3-5, the event featured a record-sized trade show, seminars and many networking opportunities, along with a cured meats competition.

The Best of Show award went to Wood’s Smoked Meats, of Bowling Green, Mo., for its Peppered Sweet Venison Bologna. The Taste of Missouri Winner, which is voted on by MAMP Show attendees, went to Hermann Wurst Haus of Hermann, Mo., for the third consecutive year. This year’s winning entry was a Summer Sausage with Cheese and Jalapeños. The Grand Champions for this year’s competition were:

  • Bone-In Ham: Russellville Locker
  • Boneless Ham: Stonies Sausage Shop
  • Bacon (Pumped & Tumbled): Country Meat Shop
  • Bacon (Dry-Cured): Country Meat Shop
  • Summer Sausage: Stonies Sausage Shop
  • Luncheon Meats: Swiss Meat and Sausage (Sweet Bologna)
  • Franks and Wieners: Country Meat Shop
  • Cooked Bratwurst & Smoked Links: Wood’s Smoked Meats
  • Fresh Bratwurst: Country Meat Shop (Cheddar Brat)
  • Meat Snack Sticks: Reis Meat Processing
  • Jerky: Hermann Wurst Haus
  • Jerky (Ground & Formed): Nadler’s Meats and Catering
  • Smoked Turkey: Davis Meat Processing
  • Poultry Products: Stonies Sausage Shop (Turkey Breast)
  • Game Meat Products: Wood’s Smoked Meats (Peppered Sweet Venison Bologna)
  • Beef Specialty Products: Etzold Packing (Dried Beef)
  • Pork Specialty Products: Country Meat Shop (Deli Bacon)
  • Sausage With Cheese, Fruit & Vegetables: Hermann Wurst Haus (Rueben Loaf)
  • Ring Bologna: Country Meat Shop
  • Smoked Pork Chop: Country Meat Shop
  • Loin Product: Country Meat Shop (Frenched Smoked Pork Loin)
  • BEST OF POULTRY: Davis Meat Processing (Whole Smoked Turkey)
  • BEST OF PORK: Country Meat Shop (Dry Cured Bacon)
  • BEST OF BEEF: Stonies Sausage Shop (Summer Sausage)
  • BEST OF SHOW: Wood’s Smoked Meats (Pepper Sweet Bologna (game meat)
  • Cured Meats Excellence Award: Country Meat Shop

For more photos from the event and a video featuring Kevin Western of Western’s Smokehouse, Mike Sloan of Hermann Wurst Haus and Louis Fantasma of Paradise Locker meats, go to