Find the best barbecue food in the shops from our barbecue taste test 2015, including the best barbecue sauce, quality burgers and sausages as well as shopbought desserts
Find the best barbecue food in the shops from our barbecue taste test 2015, including the best barbecue sauce, marinated meat, quality burgers and sausages as well as shopbought desserts.
It’s time to dust off the garden furniture, dig out the tongs and get the barbecue going! There’s really nothing better than cooking al fresco on a sunny afternoon to make you feel like summer is here – and with our very changeable weather, the star of the show needs to be the food. It’s pretty much a given that meat tastes better cooked over an open fire. That smokey barbecue flavour is just a match made in heaven with a good piece of meat. Fish is also a winner – you just can’t beat crispy sardines on the barbecue with a bit of lemon juice and sea salt. But it’s not just about meat. Marinated vegetables also reap the benefits of that smokiness.
The woman&home food team has tasted its way though a mass of meat, fish, burgers, sausages, vegetarian options, sauces, salads and summer desserts to find the newest and brightest stars from the supermarket shelves. We weren’t disappointed.
Soft and buttery brioche buns are in, and we have found the meatiest beef burgers to fill them, with all the necessary condiments, of course. It wouldn’t be a barbecue without a sausage, from tasty pork to the more interesting variations – we tried a seriously good wild boar sausage! You won’t even miss meat with the tasty vegetarian options we’ve found; always a bonus for a lighter option in the midst of swimwear season!
WIth the BBQ essentials covered, we’ve also found some excellent meat and fish perfect for throwing on the grills, from a great rump steak to a sticky glazed salmon. The classic barbecue sauces are also featured, as well as sides and salads galore to keep your guests content. And of course, the all-important ready made dessert is included and we’ve featured some of the best ice creams we could find.
Click through to see our barbecue favourites…
Sometimes all you need is a great olive oil to dress your salad, the fresh, fruity and peppery flavours are just delicious, we love it drizzled over a tomato salad.
We searched high and low for a good BBQ sauce and this one had just the right balance of sweet and smokey flavours. Great as a marinade or dip.
Delicious! It has the smokiness of BBQ sauce but the sweet tomato taste of ketchup.
Marks & Spencer, £2
A good hit of spice but a really tasty smokey tomato flavour, delicious stirred into mayo, yogurt or houmous.
Tastes just like homemade, the Indian flavours are great with grilled meats.
It just wouldn’t be a barbecue without some ketchup and it really works with a kick of chilli. We had it on everything!
A good mix of smokey, sweet and spicy flavours from the rub. You don’t even need the sauce!
The Co-operative, £4.50
These were a big hit with the team, a good spicy kick too! Great if you have a crowd round.
Just pop them straight on the barbecue, on the bone, and with its tasty marinade it stays really moist!
A superb price for these rich and meaty burgers.
A really tasty meaty burger, the coating has a good peppery flavour we loved.
Full of flavour, and a great new option.
Lovely texture and you can really taste the cheese and pickle.
Marks & Spencer, £5
Bursting with flavour and great size for a long day grazing at a barbecue, we loved the lamb burgers with pea and mint.
Korean flavours are the taste of the moment right now and we can see why, as these are very tasty without being overly spicy.
Finish on the barbecue, then reduce the roasting juices with the sauce for a seriously good glaze. This got top marks.
Just heat in the oven and quickly finish on the barbecue for that smokey taste. Delicious tender meat is made so easy.
Waitrose, £11.53 (serves 2)
Lambs chops are just made for barbecuing and these great value cloin chops have just the right about of lean meat and fat.
So full of flavour, a real treat for your barbecue menu.
A really interesting flavour, somewhere between duck and steak. Very tender, we were straight in for secounds!
A great bit of meat for the barbecue, the tasty Chinese-style glaze is perfect for BBQ cooking.
A lean cut that’s still full of flavour, these are just the ticket to keep the summer diet on track.
Definitely on our shopping list and the glaze goes perfectly! A great lighter option for meat-heavy barbecues.
Marks & Spencer, £10
Such a good size, and a very tasty hot dog flavour.
Marks & Spencer, £4.50
These are the real deal, made in Germany, with a very tasty authenic flavour.
Really tasty with a slight herby taste and a much lighter option for the barbecue than a pork version.
Really good flavour, nicely smokey. These chorizo-style sausages are on our shopping list.
A lovely light smokey flavour, perfect if you’re feeding a crowd.
A good crispy coating, we really liked the cheesy flavour of these vegetarian sausages.
A lovely bit of heat from the paprika, these vegetarian sausages are great sliced into a salad too.
Marks & Spencer, £3
The sweet and tart chili flavours are really tasty, making a more refreshing and lighter option that standard slaw.
Marks & Spencer, £3.75
This brings salad to a new level – punchy, peppery, zesty and sweet leaves are just delicious with lemon juice and olive oil.
Great flavour with a bit of sharpness, you can really taste the beetroot and mint! Perfect sausages or veg.
The Co-operative, £1.49
Just the right levels of tangy lemon and sweetness from the honey.
A little bit retro but we love the sweet flavours of this relish with a burger.
Really smooth and the Parmesan cheese and pesto are an unexpectedly good match with the houmous.
Totally addictive! The hint of dried fruit in this light bread are delicious
The Co-operative, £1.39
A super soft white burger bun with the sweet buttery flavour of brioche. This is THE brioche bun to put on your list.
A good crust and soft inside, this is the perfect bread. The seed topping tastes great.
A perfect summer dessert, the tart raspberry is just the ticket after a feast. Try it with a little prosecco poured over.
If you like Pimms, you’ll love this – so fruity and refreshing!
Made with Sipsmith’s superb gin, it has a sharp refreshing hit but is deliciously creamy.
A perfect pud for the kids, the choc-ice has been well and truly upgraded.
The rich and creamy panna cotta goes perfectly with the tart raspberry jelly layer.
The molten praline inside is just incredible. Try them sandwiched with ice cream for a decadent treat.
Tesco, £1.50 for 4
The sharp fruity mango flavour is delicious with the rich coconut frozen yoghurt – extra bonus: it’s dairy free too!
Super creamy cheesecake and tangy citrus topping, very tasty. A good size to feed a crowd too.