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I tried supermarket hot dog sausages to find the best for the BBQ

When given the choice between a burger or a sausage off the BBQ, I will always pick a sausage. Slap it in a bun, squirt a line of ketchup down the middle, and it’s summer in a sandwich.

So what actually makes a hot dog sausage? How is it any different to a bog standard sausage?

A hot dog sausage is either a frankfurter, which is cured, processed meat, or as many supermarkets do now, a regular sausage with a slightly smokier flavour and more seasoning. Really, a hot dog is any sausage in a bun, but there are some which go best.

Read more: I tried burgers from Asda, Lidl, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose to find the best for my BBQ

Last week, I compared supermarket burgers to find the best for a summer BBQ on my Weber Genesis 2022. This week, I compared supermarket sausages from Aldi , Asda , Lidl , M&S , Tesco and Waitrose , and here is what I thought.

Which do you think is the best supermarket hot dog sausage? Let us know in the comments.

Aldi

Specially Selected 4 Smoky Pork Hot Dogs 400g, £1.99

The Aldi sausages cost £1.99 for four

I started off with the Aldi sausage which was a great start. It was juicy, didn’t taste too fatty despite the number of white pockets inside the meat, and had loads of seasoning.

I could taste garlic, paprika, and even some herbiness to the sausage. Although overall the quality of the sausage tasted a little cheap, I thought it was really tasty and great on the BBQ.

8/10

Asda

Extra Special 4 New York Style Hot Dog Sausages 400g, £2.50

The Asda sausages cost £2.50 for four
The Asda sausages cost £2.50 for four

The Asda sausage was much more smokey and again very moist, with that slight skin crack which makes biting into a hot dog so satisfying. It was much less fatty than the Aldi sausage, although I think that meant the taste was slightly compromised.

It also had much less seasoning. However, it did the job and would be a great option for bulk buying.

6/10

Lidl

Deluxe 6 Big Dog Hot Dog Sausages 600g, £2.99

The Lidl sausages cost £2.99 for six
The Lidl sausages cost £2.99 for six

The Lidl sausage surprised me, it was such great quality – something you do not always expect from Lidl with the budget prices. The sausage was herby, moist, well seasoned and the best I had tasted yet.

It was completely full and bursting, and squirted with a satisfying crunch when I bit into it. The hot dog sausage was absolutely faultless.

10/10

M&S

6 Posh Dog Pork Sausages with Smoky Seasoning 600g, £4.80

The M&S sausages cost £4.80 for six
The M&S sausages cost £4.80 for six

The M&S sausage was much chunkier, and I was surprised after the first taste to find it tasted much more like a frankfurter than any of the others had. This sausage would be perfect if you are looking for a better alternative to a frankfurter from a jar.

It was slightly lacking in taste, although this is not atypical of frankfurters, but was not bad. The sausages are expensive, though.

6/10

Tesco

Fire Pit 14 Jumbo Pork Sausages 1.12Kg, £4.50

The Tesco sausages cost £4.50 for 14
The Tesco sausages cost £4.50 for 14

The Tesco sausage was the only one to split on the BBQ as it was being cooked, the sign of a good quality sausage I am told. However that did not quite follow through to the taste.

Sadly the sausage tasted a bit cheap, with lots of fat, and it created a small flame beneath the grill from where the fat dripped through. It is certainly a cheap option for bulk buying, but not the best going off taste.

5/10

Waitrose

Summer 10 Pork Hot Dogs 550g , £4.25

The Waitrose sausages cost £4.25 for 10
The Waitrose sausages cost £4.25 for 10

The Waitrose sausage was the most different of any of the six I tried, as it was skinny rather than fat and juicy. I was intrigued.

Again, it had the smokiness of a frankfurter sausage without any of the slime. It was flavoured with garlic and paprika I thought could have been stronger but overall I thought the sausage was delicious.

While I would not necessarily choose it over a fatter sausage option, it is nice to have the option of a thin sausage in a market of big thick ones.

9/10

Final Verdict

The sausages sizzling away on my Weber Genesis
The sausages sizzling away on my Weber Genesis

Lidl 10/10

Waitrose 9/10

Aldi 8/10

M&S 6/10

Asad 6/10

Tesco 5/10

As with so many of these side by side comparisons, none of the sausages were actually bad, and only suffered from being tried in quick succession after other, slightly better sausages. I would happily scoff any of these during a summer BBQ.

However, if I am being picky, the Lidl sausages were my favourites because they were so well seasoned and juicy, although I also liked the thinner option of the Waitrose sausages.

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