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25th Jun, 2021

Having a barbecue or picnic? BBC Good Food reveals its supermarket 'Summer Taste Award' winners

BBC Good Food has today announced the winners of its annual Summer Taste Awards, which recognising the best ready-made picnic and barbecue food.

It comes ahead of tomorrow – June 1 – traditionally the start of the summer and amidst a forecast mini-heatwave.

BBC Good Food experts have blind-tasted over 150 own-brand supermarket products across 20 different categories from 13 of the UK’s top supermarkets to discover the best barbecue and picnic-friendly summer buys.

BBC Good Food’s expert panel of judges assessed all the products – overseen by an independent adjudicator – and rated each individually on taste, texture and appearance, to decide the winners.

M&S gained the winner’s podium in six categories: Vegan burgers, Vegan sausage (joint winner with Lidl), Ready-to-eat quiche, Vegetarian pastry roll, Sausage roll and Hummus.

It was followed by Aldi which had four winners: Hot dog buns (join winner with Lidl), Sausage, Kebab, Vegan Kebab.

Lidl, Waitrose and Morrisons had three winners each:

Lidl – Hot dog buns (joint winner with Aldi), Vegan sausage (joint winner with M&S), and Barbecue-ready chicken.

Waitrose –  Ice cream, Falafel and Ready-made handheld pastry.

Morrisons –  Coleslaw, Barbecue sauce and Burger.

Sainsburys won the coveted Ready-made picnic salad category and Burger buns.

Christine Hayes, BBC Good Food Editor-in-Chief, said: “Nothing beats outdoor dining when the sun shines, and our BBC Good Food Summer Taste Awards show supermarkets are at the top of their game with picnic food classics like sausage rolls, coleslaw, quiche and salad, and barbecue burgers, buns and kebabs.

“Vegan choices are an established part of the summer dining landscape, and the supermarkets inspiring options have impressed our judges this year.”

Below are all the winners in full (and some of the judges’ comments) so you can give them a go when you’re out and about.

 

The BBC Good Food 

Summer Taste Awards 2021 winners 

Best hot dog buns

JOINT WINNER – Aldi Specially Selected brioche hot dog rolls

These buttery brioche buns have a lovely golden-yellow colour and nice shine on top. Soft yet still sturdy, they’d be lovely with a salty sausage.

Buy online at Aldi (£1.19) 

 

JOINT WINNER – Lidl Deluxe brioche hot dog rolls

On equal par with the rolls above, these golden buns are also soft, sweet and well-balanced.

Available in-store at Lidl from June (£1.19)

 

Best sausages

WINNER – Aldi Specially Selected Monterey Jack and chilli cheese hot dogs

These generous sized bangers have a golden-brown exterior and soft, juicy interior. Jalapeños provide peppery, spicy notes, without being overwhelming, while Monterey Jack cheese gives a boost of extra savoury flavour – they’d pair excellently with a sweet brioche bun.

Available in-store at Aldi (£1.99)

 

Best vegan sausages

JOINT WINNER – M&S Plant Kitchen plant bangers

For those looking for a meat-like sausage substitute, this is the closest to a pork sausage in both texture and flavour of those tried.

Available in-store at M&S (£3.50)

 

JOINT WINNER – Lidl Vemondo vegan sausages

If you prefer a more vegetable-led vegan sausage, these taste like a cross between a herby potato cake and sage & onion stuffing, with a nice crispy coating. Great in the oven, but we’re not sure how well they’d fare on the barbecue!

Available in-store at Lidl (£1.59)

 

Best burger buns

WINNER – Sainsbury’s sesame-topped milk burger buns

The best all-rounder, not just for holding juicy burgers, but for making picnic baps too, these Japanese-milk-bread-inspired buns are super soft and fluffy, with an attractive sesame seed topping.

Available online at Sainsbury’s (£1.20) 

Best burgers

WINNER – Morrisons The Best Shorthorn burger

A unanimous winner, this thick, juicy burger made with British Shorthorn has smoky barbecue notes and cooks to a perfect medium when following pack instructions.

Available online at Morrisons (£3) 

 

Best vegan burgers

WINNER – M&S Plant Kitchen No Beef burger

If you’re after a vegan burger that mimics meat, this was the best we tried – it’s well seasoned and has a nice firm texture which holds well when cooked.

Available in-store at M&S and online at Ocado (£3.50)

 

Best barbecue sauce

WINNER – Morrisons sticky Kansas-style BBQ marinade & sauce

This has a nice balance of treacle-like sweetness, vinegary acidity and a slight smokiness. Its thick enough to use in a burger without getting messy, but would make a great marinade for pork ribs too.

Available in-store at Morrisons (£1.25)

 

Best barbecue-ready chicken

WINNER – Lidl Birchwood garlic & herb spatchcock chicken

A resounding winner which is great for feeding families, this succulent spatchcocked chicken has a perfectly crisp, golden skin and sticky herby coating.

Available in-store at Lidl (£3.49)

 

Best kebab (meat or fish)

WINNER – Aldi British minted lamb kebabs

These British lamb kebabs are well-seasoned, with a good level of spice and a hint of fresh mint. Perfect for the barbecue but just as good in the oven, they char beautifully on the outside, while remaining soft and moist inside.

Available online at Aldi (£2.49) 

 

Best vegan kebab

WINNER – Aldi Indian-inspired veggiebabs

These well-seasoned kebabs are packed full of veg and chickpeas and flavoured with mild, curry-style spicing – they’d be great in a hot dog bun with salad leaves, raita and chilli sauce or chutney.

Available in-store at Aldi (£1.69)

 

Best ice cream

WINNER – Waitrose Scrumptious Summer salted caramel banoffee pie ice cream

Banana flavour can often be divisive, but this was a real hit with our judges. It combines creamy banana-flavoured ice cream with crunchy biscuit pieces and salted caramel – it really does taste like banoffee pie!

Available online at Waitrose & Partners (£3)

 

Best ready-to-eat quiche

WINNER – M&S hand-finished Barber’s cheddar & caramelised shallot quiche

This generously filled quiche is well seasoned, with a rich, creamy, mature cheddar and sweet caramelised shallot filling. Just as delicious cold as it is hot, it’s our number one choice of quiche for taking to a picnic.

Available in-store at M&S (£4)

 

Best coleslaw

WINNER – Morrisons The Best burger coleslaw

Our judges loved this colourful, nicely acidic slaw, packed with white and red cabbage, carrot, red onion, gherkins and mature cheddar cheese (a fun addition) and coated in a tangy mustard dressing. Great in a burger, a kebabs or wrap, or served as it is at a picnic.

Available in-store at Morrisons (£2)

 

Best hummus

WINNER – M&S extra smooth houmous

Our judges were seriously impressed with this silky-smooth hummus, which could pass as home- or even restaurant-made. It’s well-salted, heady with garlic and fresh lemon and beautifully topped with chickpeas in a slick of olive oil.

Available in-store at M&S (£2)

 

Best falafels

WINNER – Waitrose Levantine Table herb falafels

Described as ‘superior for a shop-bought falafel’, these have a nice chunky texture, warm spicing and plenty of fresh parsley and coriander.

Available online at Waitrose & Partners (£3)

 

Best sausage roll

WINNER – M&S handcrafted foot-long sausage roll

This has a moist, onion-heavy pork filling and crisp, buttery pastry, topped with a salty crackling and bacon crumb. At a foot long, it’s great for sharing.

Available in-store at M&S (£5)

 

Best vegetarian pastry rolls

WINNER – M&S handcrafted roasted root vegetable rolls

These crowd-pleasing pastry rolls are full of colourful, chunky veg including parsnip, swede and squash. The filling is well-seasoned and nicely spiced, while the pastry is golden, flaky and topped with seeds. Just as good cold as they are hot, these are a great veggie option for a picnic.

Available in-store at M&S (£3)

 

Best ready-made picnic salad

WINNER – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Middle Eastern-inspired chickpea salad with tangy beetroot yogurt dressing

This well-seasoned salad combines chickpeas, dried fruit and fresh mint with a nicely acidic yet creamy beetroot yogurt dressing. Great for a picnic or barbecues.

Available in-store at Sainsbury’s (£2.25)

 

Ready-made handheld pastry

WINNER – Waitrose No. 1 mozzarella & pesto swirls

These pastry swirls combine golden layers of crisp, buttery pastry with a super cheesy pesto, cream cheese and mozzarella filling. Just as good cold as they are heated, they’re perfect for a family picnic.

Available online at Waitrose & Partners (£3)

 

For all the results of the BBC Good Food Summer Taste Awards 2021 go to   https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/review/summer-taste-awards

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