Championship boerewors battle again

VEREENIGING. – It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off that secret recipe, to get out your shiny mincer, to start blending together the perfect balance of herbs and spices, and definitely the right time to prepare yourself for the battle that will see South African boerewors experts sweating over braai-fires across the country.

Yes, it’s time to get ready for the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors Competition.
Adding to the fireworks of this already sizzling skirmish, is the return of the well-known boerewors baldies – entertainer and food connoisseur, Nataniël, and kwaito artist and musician of note, Mandoza.

To all the so-called boerewors experts they say: “Game on! We challenge all the would-be champs to really bring it this year. You can’t win a brand new Toyota Hilux 2.7 Double Cab Raised Body Raider for just stuffing mince and coriander into a casing. Only the best quality traditional boerewors, and the tastiest of course, will do.”

To increase one’s chances of walking away with this grand first prize – not to mention the sought-after Boerewors Crown – ‘boerie’ experts must enter their recipes before the closing date on June 15.

Entry forms are available at any Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper Meat Market – or enter online at

Anyone with an exceptional traditional boerewors recipe, and the skills to make their boerewors from scratch, can enter.

Make sure, though, that your recipe isn’t just any beef sausage – it has to be a traditional boerewors. The South African Chefs Association (SACA), a recognised authority on food in South Africa, will take charge of the judging processe, and they will be making sure that all entries adhere to strict guidelines for making the real thing.

To be traditional, boerewors must contain at least 90-percent meat, always containing beef, as well as lamb or pork, or a mixture of lamb and pork. Fat content of the meat mixture may not exceed 30-percent. Furthermore, the distinctive combination of spices like coriander, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper as well as fluids like vinegar, water and Worcestershire Sauce are what differentiates boerewors from other variants.

So, if you want to qualify for the Shoprite and Checkers’ competition, please ensure that your recipe is valid.

Participants have a long road ahead of them to get to the 2012 Championship Boerewors Grand Finale.

First participants will face-off in regional rounds that take place countrywide on Saturdays August 11, 18 and 25, and only those who stand victorious after these hard-hitting clashes will go on to compete against their provincial counterparts on Saturday September 15.

From the provincial rounds, 10 boerewors-warriors will emerge triumphant, only to then face their toughest adversaries in the final battle for title of Boerewors Champion. This is the Grand Finale at Sun City on October 6.

Shoprite and Checkers are proud of South Africa’s boerewors tradition and celebrate it every year by sponsoring the Championship Boerewors Competition.

The supermarket chain’s meat markets are famous for the outstanding quality of their meat and the group is continually on the lookout for new recipes and ideas so consumers can enjoy only the best quality and variety. The annual Championship Boerewors Competition plays a key role in helping the Group to achieve this aim.