Did you know that you can’t just call any sausage boerewors? Boerewors must contain certain ingredients and more importantly must NOT contain ingredients like garlic and chilli! Boerewors is so loved across South Africa that there is a law (yes an actual law!) stipulating what constitutes traditional boerewors.

  • Traditional boerewors must contain at least 90% meat – always beef with either lamb or pork or a mixture of both.
  • The fat content of the meat mixture may not exceed 30%.
  • Recipes may not contain bacon, chutney, cheese, per-peri, curry, tomato sauce, peppadews, green pepper, Parmesan, Aromat seasoning, chilli, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, paprika, whole peppercorns, green and pink peppercorns, lemon, soya, mustard, kidney fat, alcohol or venison.

So what ingredients CAN be used in boerewors? 

  • Ingredients that make boerewors distinct include coriander, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce.


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Tips on making a winning a boerewors recipe

“Take the time to fine-tune your recipe,” suggests Yvonne Blaauw, the 2018 champion. “It took me 15 years to perfect my recipe with help from my friends and family who shared invaluable feedback, and I never gave up. Knowing my boerewors is the best in the country is indescribable.”

Beer-marinated Boerewors recipe

Think you have what it takes to be crowned the Championship Boerewors winner?

Every year Shoprite and Checkers search for South Africa’s best boerewors recipes with the Championship Boerewors competition. Entries close on Friday, 21 June 2019. All entries will be validated to ensure they comply with the law and 30 finalists are chosen. The top 10 will be invited to make their boerewors from scratch on Wednesday, 28 August.

Along with bragging rights, the honour of having your winning boerewors sold in Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide and the sought-after title of the 2019 Championship Boerewors winner, incredible prizes are up for grabs from sponsors Coca-Cola, Wellington’s, Sasko and Toyota, with the grand prize being a Toyota Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4×4 6AT worth over R500 000.

If you think you have what it takes, find out more at  www.championshipboerewors.co.za. 

Try this Boerewors Curry recipe 

Why not make our very popular Boerewors Curry recipe?

Boerewors Curry recipe