Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Butcher Wins Best Bacon; Toowoomba Butcher Is State Winner

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Butcher Wins Best Bacon; Toowoomba Butcher Is State Winner

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THERE'S nothing like sitting down to a fabulous breakfast of bacon and eggs on a weekend morning.

Especially if that bacon comes from Gray's Modern Meat Mart in Toowoomba.

Owner Mark Nolan, who was already on a high after winning first place in the Leg Ham on the Bone in the Ham, Bacon, Jerky and Smallgoods competition of the 2017 Royal Queensland Show last week, said he was over the moon to have found out he'd won the top spot in the Queensland short cut category of the recent Australian PorkMark Bacon Awards.

Judges said Gray's Modern Meat Mart won over judges with a bacon that had a "very good colour, great smell, great after taste, slight smoke and perfect texture".

"To win this on top of winning the bone-in-ham last week is pretty amazing," Mr Nolan said.

Mr Nolan has worked at the meat mart for more than 30 years and owned it for 20.

During that time, he said, he had perfected the recipe for making the perfect bacon.

"The difference between a cheap bacon and good bacon is the longer process," he said. …

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