Just in time for the scorching weather the UK is set to enjoy this weekend, The Good Housekeeping Institute has revealed the winners of its second BBQ Taste Test. The all-important results advise consumers on the best products to buy for maximum flavour in a battle of the supermarkets and online butchers. The testing was carried out before the coronavirus situation escalated, led by the GHI expert team and a panel of testers.
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This year, 182 products were tested across 12 categories, and one supermarket was a clear winner.
Aldi came out on top as a favourite, winning in three categories – Kebab, Ribs and Summer Desserts.
The budget store scored first place for its Peri Peri Chicken King Kebab, Slow Cooked Smoky BBQ Pork Ribs and Specially Selected Sicilian Lemon Glazed Cheesecake, all of which had glowing reviews from the lucky testers.
The kebabs were described as “well-seasoned and meltingly tender” while the popular ribs won for their “succulent meat and smoky-sweet honeyed flavour.”
Not to be beaten however, Marks and Spencer took joint first place with its budget rival on the Summer Desserts. The brand’s Our Best Ever Trifle also scored 77/100 even though it’s twice the price of the winning Aldi cheesecake.
M&S also took first place in the Quirky Burger category for its Hoisin Duck Burger, as testers approved of its “sweet caramelised honey flavour and balanced hoisin taste”.
Proving its “This is not just food” slogan is well deserved, Marks and Spencer was the most impressive supermarket across the board as it hit the top three in five categories.
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Meanwhile the online butcher Farmisons took the top spot for the Chicken category with its Fennel & Lemon Spiced Spatchcock Chicken.
Vegetarians weren’t left out of the results though, with plenty of inspiration for what to put on the barbecue this weekend.
Lidl topped the polls with its vegan Plant-Based Burger Patties in the Veggie Burger category, while the Co-op won for its Gro Sizzlin’ Sausages.
In fact, the brand topped the Sausages category too with its Spicy Sausage Swirls, which were applauded for their “sweet and smoky flavours”.
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Of all the products tested, Aldi’s winning kebab and the best burger took the highest score of 88/100.
Traditional Welsh company Edwards of Conwy, sold through Ocado, won the competitive Beef Burger category with its 4 Welsh Beef Quarter Pounder.
Angela Trofymova, Head of Food Testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute said: “We love doing these taste tests, and are always keen to share the results with consumers, so they know which amazing products are worth their hard earned cash.
“Obviously this year, the situation is sadly very different, as we can’t dash between supermarkets as we’re used to – or even get to a supermarket if we’re isolating.
“Nonetheless, we hope the results give some guidance for those looking to host a BBQ for their household this May Bank Holiday weekend – and most importantly, we hope everyone stays safe and well.”
The full list of winners are:
Winner – Veggie Burger:
Lidl – 2 Plant-Based Burger Patties, £1.99, 227g – 84/100
Winner – Sausages:
Co-op – Spicy Sausage Swirls, £2.85 for 230g – 75/100
Winner – Beef Burgers:
Edwards of Conwy, sold through Ocado, 4 Welsh Beef Quarter Pounder, £3.49, 454g – 88/100
Winner – Quirky Burger:
M&S, Hoisin Duck Burger, £4.00, 300g – 87/100
Winner – Kebab:
Aldi, Peri Peri Chicken King Kebab, £4.99, 924g – 88/100
Winner – Chicken:
Farmison (online butcher), Fennel & Lemon Spiced Spatchcock Chicken, £14.95, 1.4kg – 86/100
Winner – Ribs:
Aldi, Slow Cooked Smoky BBQ Pork Ribs, £2.99, 600g – 83/100
Winner – Veggie Sausages:
Co-op, Gro Sizzlin’ Sausages, £3.00, 350g – 86/100
Winner – Summer Dessert:
Aldi, Specially Selected Sicilian Lemon Glazed Cheesecake, £2.49, 550g – 77/100
M&S, Our Best Ever Trifle, £5.00, 900g – 77/100
Winner – Rib Eye Steak:
Daylesford (online butcher), Organic Beef Rib Eye Steak, £10.49, 225g – 84/100
Winner – Ketchup:
Sainsbury’s, by Sainsbury’s Tomato Ketchup, £0.65, 460g – 83/100
Winner – Potato Salad:
Sainsbury’s, Taste the Difference Charlotte Potato Salad, £2.10, 300g – 77/100
The list of winners can be seen on Good Housekeeping’s website here.
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