Lifestyle

Barnie's bringing home the bacon ... again!

TOP AWARD: Barnie Nolan from Circle T Meats has won the prize for best bacon in Queensland.
TOP AWARD: Barnie Nolan from Circle T Meats has won the prize for best bacon in Queensland. Rob Williams

THIS little piggy went to the market, this little piggy stayed home and this little piggy was made into award-winning bacon by Barnie Nolan.

Barnie, who last year was inducted into the Australian Meat Industry Council's Sausage King Hall of Fame, has appeared in the QT more times than just about anyone.

Now, he has claimed the title of Queensland's best bacon.

As part of Australian Bacon Week, he finished second to a Canberra contestant with Schulte's Meat Tavern at Plainland taking third.

For the prolifically prize-winning butcher, who runs Circle T Meats in Raceview, the latest meat medal is pretty much the sauce on the steak.

"It gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. It reaffirms we're doing the right thing; keeping up there with the best of them," Barnie said.

"We don't win everything but we're right there in the mix all the time. It means we're consistent."

There were 125 entries in this year's Australian Bacon Awards. "The guy that won it, I was reading an article the other day, he's doing 800-1000 kilos of bacon a week. I'm doing 100," Barnie said.

"Same as Schulte's; they've got a lot more to choose in entering these competitions but we manage to sort of stick in there and just annoy them a little bit."

So what makes good bacon?

"I get my pigs from Willpak Foods and I only use the female pigs in the 75-85kg weight range," Barnie said.

"I like the female because you don't get what you call the boar taint. It's not pleasant; I can smell it a week away.

"When you enter these competitions, you're obviously going to pick out your best middle; you're going to put your best middle forward."

Has good bacon changed over the years?

"Your pigs have got leaner because the market wants them to be leaner and the pork producers do a much better job in terms of getting consistency throughout the growing season," he said.

So what competition is Barnie looking at next.

"I've just about reached the end of my race," he said.

"Now it's just maintenance, in a sense."

"But don't think that means Barnie has lost his competitiveness.

"It's like reaching the top of your game. And it's interesting," he said.

Topics:  australian meat industry council, barnie nolan



LETTER: Let’s convert the Old Courthouse

The old courthouse on Bell Street in the CBD.

This venue could be much bigger and better than the Ciivic Centre.

REVEALED: Queensland's fuel theft hotspots

The number of petrol theft cases in Queensland is on the increase

Firm told to apologise, pay back $16K to Korean backpackers

Boonah Packing Pty Ltd supplied labour to one of Australia's leading carrot producers, Scott Moffat & Co, trading as Moffatt Fresh Produce who supply carrots to major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Aldi.

Boonah business caught ripping off foreign workers

Local Partners

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.