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taste test: which supermarket makes the best BBQ ribs?

Published: July 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Who does the best sticky BBQ ribs? We took over the olive test kitchen to taste and rate supermarket BBQ ribs. See who comes out on top in our taste test. Contenders include LIDL, Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, Co-op, Aldi, Booths and Morrisons.

How we do our taste tests

All of the ribs were cooked in our test kitchen then tasted blind. Notes were taken and a winner was picked. This taste test was conducted by food editor Janine Ratcliffe.



Aldi Appleby’s Barbecue Spare Ribs - £2.99, 600g

Definitely the best sauce, because it’s not dominated by sugar or smoke and has a really lovely hint of spice. The meat is perfectly tender and comes off in nice big chunks.


M&S The Grill BBQ Rib Rack 380g, £5

Extremely tender meat. This just falls right off the bone. Sweet but well-balanced with a good smoky BBQ flavour.

Tesco New York Style Pork Rib 460g, £4

These look like baby-back ribs. Short and plump with juicy meat. We enjoyed the pronounced pork flavour and subtle smoky sauce.

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The Co-operative Loved by Us Sweet and Sticky BBQ Ribs 350g, £4.00

Not as fall-apart as some of the others, so a good one if you like to pick ‘em up and chew. The meat is juicy though and almost bacon-y, as if it’s been brined. A little too sweet on the sauce.

Waitrose slow cooked Kentucky pork belly ribs 550g, £7.49

These ribs are absolute whoppers. Very juicy, fall-apart meat, although the flavour is overwhelmed by saltiness.

Morrisons Smoky BBQ Pork Ribs 550g, £4

Very tender meat but all I can taste is caramel/maple flavours. Even the smokiness is masked by too much sweetness.

Booths BBQ Pork Ribs in BBQ Sauce 470g, £3.79

The meat on these is too dry and chewy and the sauce is unusual for a BBQ rib – it tastes like lots of different spices fighting each other.

Braemoor Pork Rib Rack in Smokey BBQ Sauce, 600g - £2.99

The meat on these ribs is lovely and juicy, but it’s let down by the sauce which is dominated by synthetic smoke flavour and too much sugar. Disappointing.

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