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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