Good Sausages Can be Tricky to Track Down

As an accompaniment to the foray on free bbqs in the bay I present some hearty recommendations for the best sausages in Tauranga town.

I guess I’m fairly passionate about sausage. Perhaps it’s my German ancestory? I miss being able to walk, with Clara in the buggy, to the famous Westmere Butchers, for their baby merguez, or coil of cumberland. Those days we had sausage-offs where friends brought their recommendations to test-drive on our Coleman. We ate the cylindrical delights between New World supermarket’s ciabatta buns, with rocket, Best Food’s mayo, wholegrain dijon moutarde, and a painting of tamarillo chutney. This combo was inspired from the sausage stand at The Matakana Markets which runs on a Saturday before midday.

Now we live in The Bay and I felt driven to pursue a Westmere sub…You will need to visit 4 locations to test my stand on The Bay’s best sausages. In no particular order they are as follows.

Blackforest Gourmet Butchery – 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga
We love this place. The girls are friendly professional and look fab in their outfits -some call them uniforms. Our sausage favourites are the cheesegriller ($22.50 per kg), the cheese kransky ($20.95), the tauranga griller ($20.95 per kg), and a  naked bratwurst for clara, 21 months young, that’s Clara not the sausage ($18.95 per kg). The cheese kransky in a white bun (or even better in Hamilton Bakery Volare’s fresh white ciabatta bought from Cambrian Meats) with mayo, mustard and T sauce can’t be beaten. It can’t. I swear. Their italian salami IS salami. Once you’ve eaten it you won’t be fooled by any Verkerks business.

Bethlehem Butchery – State Highway 2, Bethlehem, Tauranga
Brian kindly donated about 10 sausages for the Marks’ table to find our favourite meaty delight for a Friday night. All of his sausages were delicious. He has some very conservative sausage and some very ‘high-class’ sausage.
The Marks’ decided the italian pork sausage and the french style beef sausage (with red wine and herb) were the winners on the night (both $13.50 per kg).

Col’s Butchery – 237 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui
Couldn’t find a sausage of the poulet variety to match the simplicity of Col’s free-range chicken sausage ($16.50 per kg). They rock. I’ve had his ‘seasonal’ chicken and cheese also, but it’s often not available. They do a fairly traditional and good chorizo sausage too.

Franks Sausages – Tauranga Farmers’ Market – Tauranga Primary School, Arundel Street, Tauranga, Saturday morning
So, I started with some Germans and I end with another. Frank is charming and has all his sausage cooking on a mini-bbq for you to sample at the markets, so you and your whanau can try before you buy. Frank tells me his sausage is free-range – that’s gotta be good for you.
His breakfast sausage ($6 for 6 sausage – 300 grams), a kind of lincolnshire recipe, if that means anything to you – is a neutral one for the more ‘particular’ kid. I love all his sausages, but I’d pay particular attention to his Moroccan Chicken for something different to what’s on offer elsewhere, or his Cumberland ($8 for 6 sausage – 300 grams).
NB: Farmers’ Market prices differ to Franks website prices.

Last but not least, Jenny Jane Rudd has modelled with sausage on this blog. She has her own masterpiece of a blog overflowing with humanity and comedy and quirky and reassuring reflection on the small-tender-cringe-factor-which-sometimes-are-and-sometimes-seem-big, tales of life. I recommend (particularly if you’re a woman and maybe also a Mum to check her blog out). Her sense of celebration I find gratefully contagious.

I hope you benefit from this good to find hard sausage, I mean, hard to find good sausage story. PS Jeremy suggested I write that! Husbands are handy for blaming things on, like telling Suzie (a Mum-to-be at her baby shower) I had to bring Nigel Slater’s Gingerbread remains home for a sulky husband. Sign off Emily. Sign off.


  1. Emily, I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts, whether they be about sausage or not, they way you write puts me in a zone where I cannot be distracted. How about a book?? Keep up the great work. P.S took the girls to the parks you mentioned in your BBQ blog, I’d forgotten about those parks, so thanks from me & especially the girls as they had loads of fun

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