olive summer supermarket awards 2018
The olive supermarket awards are here to make your life easier. Weʼve selected the very best ready-made products from the shelves to ensure hassle-free alfresco entertaining.
Looking for easy BBQ food to make al fresco dining easier this year? Check out the best supermarket summer food for summer BBQs and parties this summer. From BBQ ribs to ice-cream and the best vegan products, we’ve got summer entertaining covered.
Best BBQ condiment
Gold: Asda devilish habanero chilli sauce, 90p/155ml
This is one for heat lovers, with a strong chilli kick and fiery fruity notes.
Silver: Aldi jerk marinade, 85p/280g
Plenty of allspice and a little sweetness make this jerk sauce the perfect marinade for a jointed chicken or cauliflower steaks, or even as a dip on the side.
Best BBQ burger
Joint gold: Waitrose black garlic beef burgers, £4.29/454g
With a meaty texture and garlicky undertones, we can’t wait to start flipping these burgers at our next BBQ.
Joint gold: Aldi Specially Selected West Country cheddar beef burgers, £2.69/454g
We loved the tang of cheddar, it made these cheesy burgers an instant hit.
Silver: Iceland two luxury wagyu beef quarter pounders, £3/227g
Classic juicy burgers with coarsely ground meat, which gave them a decent springy texture.
Best vegetarian/vegan BBQ product
Gold: Sainsbury’s caramelised onion shroomdogs, £2.25/350g
We couldn’t believe these vegetarian shroomdogs didn’t have meat in them. The crisp casing is filled with herby onions and mushrooms, and is the closest thing we’ve tasted to a meat sausage.
Best vegetarian burger
Gold: Ocado spiced mushroom and cauliflower burgers, £2.49/227g
The cauliflower and mushrooms mean these burgers have a great texture and hold their shape well when cooked. They have a deep, savoury flavour that will keep hungry guests happy.
Silver: M&S veggie lentil and beetroot burgers, £2.50/240g
With a good crust and chewy texture, this veggie burger had a subtle beetroot flavour and vibrant colour.
Bronze: Asda edamame, asparagus and mint burgers, £1.50/230g
Packed with vibrant veggies, these burgers will bring a welcome freshness to any BBQ.
- Spicy lentil burgers
- Vegan black bean burgers
- Vegan BBQ jackfruit burgers
- Spiced falafel burgers
- Allotment burgers
Best BBQ banger
Gold: Asda Extra Special hot & smoky hot dog sausages, £2.25/400g
These juicy sausages had a subtle spice and smoky flavour. We loved that they’re a hot dog/sausage hybrid.
Silver: Waitrose six triple oak smoked sausages, £4/600g
We think these smoky bratwurst-style bangers would be great eaten with a slick of your favourite mustard.
Best burger bun
Gold: Aldi Specially Selected brioche burger buns, 79p/4 pack
Super squidgy, these classic buns would soak up the juices of a burger really well. We loved the rich but not-too-sweet flavour.
Silver: Asda sliced brioche burger buns, 80p/4 pack
Puffy, light and springy, these buns have a slightly sweet flavour that would work well with both burgers and bangers.
Best show-off salad
Gold: Asda turmeric chicken salad bowl, £2.75/240g
There are lots of interesting elements to this salad, from the tender chicken to the puréed squash and crisp salad ingredients. The contrasting textures makes each mouthful a delight.
Silver: Waitrose rice, yellow split pea and pistachio salad with cashew nuts and cardamom dressing, £2.50/185g
Packed with rice and crunchy nuts, and covered with a spicy cashew nut dressing, this hearty salad would be great at a picnic.
Best BBQ ribs
Gold: Waitrose slow-cook Japanese BBQ boneless ribs, £6/530g
Meltingly tender meat with a tangy sour glaze, these ribs really stood out from any others we sampled this summer.
Silver: Co-op slow cooked BBQ sticky ribs, £4/460g
These are the best classic ribs we tried, with peppery spice from the generous rub and a juicy texture.
Best seafood product
Joint gold: Booths Greek-style tuna steaks, £3.50/100g
For an easy win on the BBQ, these classic tuna steaks impressed the judges with their thick meaty texture and great spicy dressing.
Joint gold: Co-op mackerel fillets with sea salt and pepper, £2.99/180g
Mackerel works so well on the barbecue and these handy fillets were well seasoned and easy to cook – making the most of that sea-fresh flavour and juicy flesh.
Best BBQ chicken wings
Gold: Booths hot and spicy chicken wings, £4.25/810g
If you're after some classic chicken wings pick these as they come with crisp skin, juicy meat and a gently lingering spice.
Silver: Asda Route 66 Carolina and Memphis BBQ chicken wings, £5/1.4kg
The introduction of some distinctive Carolina and Memphis spices to these succulent wings won over our judges.
Bronze: Waitrose BBQ chicken wings, £4/700g
These tender chicken wings are coated in BBQ sauce and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Best fancy sausage roll
Joint gold: Waitrose 1 dry-cured bacon and cheddar sausage rolls, £2.79/188g
These sausage rolls are generously packed with chunky meat, smoked bacon, tangy cheddar and surrounded by a golden puff pastry casing.
Joint gold: Co-op Irresistible cheese and bacon sausage rolls, £2.75/188g
You get a real whack of cheesy flavour from these sausage rolls, which the judges unanimously loved.
Silver: Asda Extra Special West Country cheddar and smoked bacon pork sausage rolls, £1.85/188g
We thought that these sausage rolls looked great – their light pastry cases packed with peppery meat.
Best BBQ show-off product
Gold: Waitrose buttermilk chicken king kebab, £8/924g
These juicy chicken kebabs are sure to go down a treat at your next barbecue with their smoked paprika coating – bags of flavour!
Silver: M&S stout-glazed salt beef with piccalilli £6/414g
This salt beef is a great choice if you’re after something a little bit different to serve at your next BBQ thanks to its super-tender meat and stout glaze.
Bronze: Co-op Mexican half chicken, £4/647g
This juicy BBQ chicken with a subtle yet fruity sweet glaze would be great for a small-scale family BBQ.
Best scotch egg
Gold: Co-op Irresistible hand-finished scotch egg, £1.39/140g
This traditional scotch egg had a homemade feel to it, packed with sausage meat and a crisp textured crumb. We won’t tell it’s shop bought, if you won’t...
Joint gold: Co-op extra-virgin olive oil hummus, £1.19/170g
With a really smooth texture and lovely balance of tahini and olive oil, we couldn’t stop going back for more.
Joint gold: Sainsbury’s roasted beetroot and mint hummus, £1.55/200g
Packed with clean and distinct flavours thanks to the beetroot and herbs, this vibrant hummus was lighter than others we’ve tried, and pretty to look at as well.
Silver: Waitrose World Deli turmeric hummus, £2.60/150g
If you want a complete change from straight hummus, the turmeric, pickle and sweet pomegranate flavours in this pot is the way to go.
Gold: Asda Extra Special Cornish sea salted caramel ice cream, £2/500ml
The salty and sweet flavours are well-balanced in this rich, creamy ice cream. Beware, the pot won’t last long!
Silver: M&S rhubarb and custard ice cream, £3/500ml
All of our judges felt like children in a sweetshop trying this ice cream – everyone particularly loved the real bits of rhubarb.
Bronze: Co-op Irresistible Swiss white chocolate and salted caramel ice cream, £3.99/480ml
With a whole biscuit on top, this ice cream felt really fun and we think it’ll soon become a firm family favourite.
- Roasted banana caramel swirl ice-cream
- Brown butter ice-cream
- Chocolate and black pepper gelato
- Instant mango fro-yo
- Maple honeycomb ice-cream
Best pork pie
Gold: M&S hand-finished outdoor-bred pork and smoked bacon pie, £3.50/280g
A must for any picnic basket, the crisp pastry case on this pie was generously packed with well-seasoned meat and had a distinct jelly layer that we loved.
How we chose the best summer product winners
The olive team chose 16 categories to showcase products that we felt are musts for the perfect summer barbecue or picnic. We invited all the big supermarkets to select the products they wanted to nominate in each category (just one entry per category, so they had to choose carefully).
Each product was prepared according to the pack instructions and our expert panel of judges blind-tasted them, rating each on taste, texture and appearance. We then awarded gold, silver and bronze awards – in some categories, where the standard was high, we awarded joint winners.
It’s easy to find the products, just look out for these labels in supermarkets