On a recent trip to Bundaberg I got to find out.
Amanda Hinds who runs the deliciously decadent Indulge Cafe in Bundaberg took me on a tour to meet some of her favourite suppliers. Amanda introduced me to Rick, who she described as 'a saucy number' and I went behind the counter at The Chop Shop, Bundaberg.
The Chop Shop is no ordinary butcher. Cold cabinets at the front of the shop are filled with a great array of smoked meats all hot smoked out the back without the use of chemicals. This is bliss for me as I am sensitive to the sodium nitrate commonly used in smoking. I've just finished eating a smoked turkey hind quarter which I mixed into a green salad with some grapes. It had a wonderful smokey flavour.
When Amanda wants something unusual, like duck ham, she gives Rick a call and they work out how to do it. I tasted the duck ham with eggs for breakfast - superb! There's some of Rick's bacon in my fridge waiting for a decadent Sunday morning breakfast.
The Chop Shop is the sort of butcher I wish I had down the road - unfortunately Bundaberg is a little too far away. Sigh...
The Chop Shop
68 Mount Perry Road, Bundaberg QLD 4670, Australia