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B&R Stores Wins Big at State Cured Meats Competition

Regional independent B&R Stores’ Smokehouse team earned 19 awards at the 2014 Nebraska Association of Meat Processors (NAMP) Cured Meats Competition, held in Kearney March 28-29. The team took Best of Show honors for the boneless ham entered by “Smokin’” Bob Voss, Smokehouse manager at the Super Saver in Lincoln.

“We’re proud of our award-winning team,” said Pat Raybould, president of B&R Stores. “And we’re glad we can offer our customers some of the best smoked and cured meats in the country.”

Last year Voss’ boneless ham won the 1st Place Grand Champion award at the American Cured Meat Championships (see photo).

Voss has worked in Super Saver Smokehouses for nearly 30 years. In addition to the boneless ham, Voss earned first place awards for bone-in ham, dried beef and beef jerky. “Our team shares a passion for creating flavorful cured meats,” said Voss. “We use our own recipes to make hand-crafted sausages, hams and other cured meats for our customers every day.”

Other team members include Adam Meisenheimer, Smokehouse manager at the Super Saver in Millard; and Keith Johnson from the Russ’s Market in Hastings.

Awards include:

First Place/Grand Champion

  • Boneless Ham (Best in Show)
  • Bone-in Ham
  • Dried Beef
  • Beef Jerky

Second Place/Reserve Grand Champion

  • Smoked Turkey
  • Specialty Meat Platter (Stromboli)
  • Liver Sausage (Boudin)

Third Place/Champion

  • Summer Sausage, Fermented
  • Summer Sausage, Non-Fermented
  • Small Diameter Cooked Sausage, Traditional-Polish
  • Small Diameter Cooked Sausage, Non-Traditional
  • Boneless Ham
  • Bratwurst (Caramel Apple Brats)

Fourth Place/Reserve Champion

  • Snack Sticks
  • Summer Sausage, Fermented
  • Frankfurters/Hot Dogs
  • Small Diameter Cooked Sausage, Traditional-Linguicia
  • Bacon

Lincoln, Neb.-based B&R Stores, Inc. includes four store concepts (Russ’s Market, Super Saver, Save Best Foods and Grand Central Apple Market) located in seven cities across Nebraska and Iowa.

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