Sweet, smoky, tangy – a good barbecue sauce can make all the difference when dolloped on burgers or spread over sausages. Even if it’s pouring with rain outside and your dreams of cooking over fire have gone down the drain, the best sauces will add all the smokiness you need to baked or fried foods. But a bad one can overpower the taste of carefully cooked meat and cover it in a thick, sugary coating of industrially-flavoured gloop.
We don’t want this to happen to you, so we’ve trawled the supermarkets, bought every barbecue sauce in sight and put them through a blind taste test. It produced some pretty surprising results, with flavours varying from the wonderfully balanced to the downright weird. Here are our top five.