As the New Year gives way to Spring, there’s an excitement in the air as the age-old competition starts anew. Established veterans are out to show that they are still the best in their class, and upstart rookies hope to show that they belong in the big leagues. The start of baseball season, you say? Well, that too, but it’s also the start of cured meat competitions across the country.
Meat competitions are friendly, to be sure. However, the word “competition” should not be overlooked, as many of these state or national events bring together high-quality processors with strong reputations. Many sausages, bacon, hams and more are entered, but there can be only one Grand Champion per category, and one Best of Show for the best overall product.