Bavarian Smallgoods & Butchery, Sydney, Australia

April 22, 2009 at 12:55 am 19 comments

lecker-wurstwaren“Bratwurst” – that’s what springs first to mind when thinking about German food. Indeed Ricky, the founder and butcher of Bavarian Smallgoods & Butchery in Ermington, Sydney, had his own Bratwurst experience when he came to Australia in 1984. Being a butcher by trade, he was keen to test all sorts of meat and sausages at his first Aussie BBQ. Unfortunately, Ricky’s first Aussie BBQ sausage didn’t go down too well and maybe this was the reason why he started his own butcher business shortly after this incident.

Rickys MeisterbriefRicky is very proud of what he does and how he does it. All of the 100 or so meat products in his butchery are made by Ricky based on his own recipes from years of butcher experience back in Germany. He buys all meat in Australia, but spices, sausage casings and also the wood chips for smoking are from Germany. When entering his smallgoods and butchery business in Ermington you are surrounded by all the best smells of a traditional German butcher. You literally smell what you will buy.

Try the Mettwurst, Teewurst, smoked Blackforest Ham and Leibspeise’s favourite: the little Nürnberger sausages. A small range of gourmet condiments and other treats add to the fabulous range of meats. Leibspeise can’t resist telling all Aussies that, yes, you can brew good beer, but the sausages are no way near Ricky’s six varieties of Bratwurst (Nürnberger, German, Gypsy, Herb & Garlic, Kalbsbratwurst, Thüringer).

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!!! Recent news !!!

Many fans of German small goods recently let us know that unfortunatelly Ricky has closed down his shop in Ermington. For good, Leibspeise can confirm. If you guys down-under come across any other great butcher, please let us know via email to Leibspeise.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mrred  |  April 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

  • Hi, good post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for posting. I will definitely be subscribing to your site.

  • 3. razzbuffnik  |  July 1, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Thanks for writing this article. I’m having a sausage fest at my place this Friday for a bunch of friends, and I’ve be looking for a good place for German sausages.

    A good sausage is better that a good steak to my mind!

  • 4. Leibspeise  |  July 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

    By the sounds of it, Ricky @ Bavarian Smallgoods Butchery owes Leibspeise a whole lot of BBQ sausages. Quite some people have found their way to Ermington through our Leibspeise Website…

  • 5. Chello  |  December 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Must…. consume….. Nürnberger sausages…….

  • 6. helen  |  February 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Where has Ricky gone ? his shop has closed down ?

  • 7. Tom  |  March 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Does anyone know what happened to them?

    I dropped by yesterday to buy some things but the shop was empty. I asked at the shop next door but the people there told me he retired last year in October? Sounds strange that he would retire without telling anyone. Plus I am sure I was there in December.

  • 8. leibspeise  |  March 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Tom – a couple of people told us that Rick closed his shop in Ermington, but no one seems to know why. What a shame as he was a real character and his sausages and meat was fabulous!!

  • 9. mike  |  May 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I went there last week, all closed down. Real shame.

  • 10. Anonymous  |  July 14, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Vale Ricky…

  • 11. Tom  |  July 24, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Indeed seems strange that he would have retired without actually selling the shop. The quality of Ricky’s produce would put most Butchers back in Nuernberg, German to shame. Especially his sausages and smoked pork belly and ham were world class.

    He apparently apprenticed with a butcher who is a friend of my dads back in Germany. I remember eating black forest ham as a kid that tasted exactly like the once Ricky sold.

    I think this will really leave a massive gap in the culinary landscape of Sydney.

    If anyone hears anything about the whereabouts please post it here.

  • 12. Anonymous  |  November 24, 2011 at 3:03 am

    There are other Butchers in Sydney ex. Rudi’s Butchery Kirrawee or if you have a big Order you can go to Barossa Fine Food ( they have the best.

  • 13. Paul  |  January 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This was my favourite smallgoods store. I was so happy when I found out about it whilst living in
    Sydney up and till 1992. A deli stocked some of their stuff and let the name slip out.

    I then moved to Brisbane but still would buy something from the store when tavelling in Sydney 2 or 3
    times a year. Wrapping in ice packs and foil.

    If you know of a similar one please let me know.

    The best I have come across in Brisbane is
    Heinz smallgoods, 611 Stanley st, Woolloongabba, qld, 4102, 07 33913530.

    I try to make my own but no where near as good.

    Regards Paul

  • 14. Anonymous  |  January 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Paul,

    There is a shop called Brot and Wurst in Narabeen on the northern beaches. It’s a bit of a drive from the CBD.

    They have Leberkaese, some really good smoked Bratwurst and the usual stuff. The Nuernberger Sausages are nowhere near as good as what Ricky would make. Brot and Wurst don’t use natural casing which I think is the first faux par. That said said beggars can’t be choosers and there is plenty of other really good stuff they sell.

    The owner / butcher is Volker Stockburger who is originally from Germany and was also trained there.

    Their web site is:

  • 15. Anonymous  |  May 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Went there yesterday and it’s now The Gourmet Sausage Company
    Looked thru the window and zero small goods now 😦
    I wanted some of his beef jerky to take camping !
    Does anyone know of a supplier in Sydney ?

  • 16. leibspeise  |  July 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Has anyone been there: ?
    Are their sausages any good and do they live up to German sausage standards as we knew them from Rick?
    Let us know,

  • 17. Dr  |  December 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Heard on the grapevine that somebody official wanted Rick to put ingredients from his sausages on packaging. Which of course makes it a bit difficult when your recipes are a secret. Heard that was a reason , if not the reason for his sad departure.

  • 18. Michael Sankey  |  May 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Can you sell me Leuchtenberg apfel Rotkohl?

  • 19. judy  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hello, I have been looking for a continental delicatessen that sells braunschweiger , can you help me

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