This month, Sausage Meister General, otherwise known as Simon Ruddlesdin, is revisiting an old favourite in his continual quest to find Lincolnshire’s best bangers in ‘Rate My Sausage’ with a trip to Meridian Meats of Louth.

If you have perused Rate My Sausage previously then you will probably already know the name Meridian Meats. They’ve progressed from a kitchen-based tiny operation, through many awards and prizes, into the town centre in Louth and are now a must-visit establishment. Headed by former ‘UK Young Butcher of The Year’, Jim Sutcliffe, I have never had a bad product from this shop, which is just what you would expect from a member of the elite butcher’s Q Guild.

Where To Find Them:

Stroll along Eastgate in the lovely market town of Louth and you can’t miss them. Look for the little pigs dangling over the footpath and you’re there. Alternatively look for the metal banding set into the ground – this marks the passage of the zero degrees longitude meridian which gives the shop its name.

There always seems to be a couple of knowledgeable and very helpful ladies beavering away at the front of the shop, serving customers with a lovely smile and good advice. Whenever I’ve visited the top man, Jim, has been grafting away toward the back, also more than willing to engage with the punters. Service here is exemplary.

Flavour:

The flavour of Jim’s Best Lincs is full and well rounded, there’s a little less pepper here but there is added mace and nutmeg. The seasoning blend is made in the shop rather than bought in as occurs at many places. As usual I asked for the exact recipe and as usual it was refused. The star turn in these sausages is the great light flavour of the local pork, which almost squeaks as you chew.

Texture:

Really firm and extremely juicy. These sausages firm up so much in the frying pan. Very hearty sized chunks of rare breed pork abound and they simply ooze goodness when you press the fork down. The skins are natural and I loved them, however my breakfast partners thought they were slightly on the thick and tough side. Heathens.

Vital Statistics:

Average weight uncooked = 68 grams. Average weight cooked = 62 grams. Meat content = 85 %. Really low amount of shrinkage, ensuring you really do get what you pay for. Fab.

Value For Money:

£3.44 for 6 sausages weighing 405 grams. This works out as £8.50 per kg and 57p per banger. We rate this as good value for money.

And Finally, Esther:

Lovely bangers from a great producer – buy some soon!

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