The best supermarket barbecue deals for August 2021 bank holiday weekend

The arrival of sunshine and blue skies this week sets to continue across the UK as Brits look ahead to the bank holiday weekend.

Many will be taking advantage of the longer weekend and with the warmer weather, more people will be spending time outdoors, and of course firing up the great British barbecue.

If you’re thinking of firing up the barbecue this weekend then there’s plenty of deals available across all major supermarkets in the UK, from the likes of Aldi, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and more.

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Personal finance experts at money.co.uk have delved into these deals to find out which supermarket has come out top for the most money saving offer.

Their report analyses the offerings of 22 popular barbecue foods across six UK supermarkets, calculating the average basket price.

The report also looks into the average cost of a traditional, vegan/vegetarian and pescatarian BBQ for adults and children.

Money.co.uk have also found that a whopping £258.3m will be spent on barbecue food during summer 2021, with shoppers spending an average of £51 per BBQ – scroll down for the full findings.

Where can the best supermarket barbecue deals be found?

The report reveals that Aldi was the cheapest overall supermarket for a meat, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian cookout.

A basket filled with meat products from Aldi will cost just £38.52.

Sainsbury’s (£42.26) takes second place, with Morrisons (£50.10) following behind in third. Tesco (£52.27) and Asda (£52.84) are neck- and-neck in fourth and fifth place.



Money.co.uk BBQ table data

A plant-based budget BBQ will set you back an average of £15.37 for six guests.

Hosting a party of four will set you back £12.14 at Aldi – that’s £9.86 less than if shopping at supermarket giant Tesco, and £10.71 less than a BBQ basket at Waitrose.

Prefer meat on your BBQ? You’ll spend 43% more shopping for six guests at Waitrose, compared to Aldi.

For a Waitrose budget BBQ you’ll spend £55.43 which is 40% more than what you’ll spend at Aldi £38.52 for the exact same basket items.

Salman Haqqi, money.co.uk’s personal finance expert offers his top tips on how to save money on your summer barbecues.

He said: “One of the best things about summer is inviting all of your friends and family round for an impromptu alfresco BBQ, to enjoy delicious food and great company while the sun sets.

“Hosting a BBQ can be quite expensive, but thankfully there are ways to stretch your budget as you welcome others back into your gardens this summer.

“It’s certainly worth bearing in mind that the fewer people you invite, the fewer you will ultimately have to feed. However, if you’re looking to host a larger celebration, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask invitees to bring drinks, meat or side dishes with them.

“This not only means that guests will bring food with them they know they will enjoy, it will also ensure there is plenty to go around and a good selection of options for all.

“Try to look for more inexpensive cuts and types of meats while browsing the supermarket – replace the pricier options of steak and salmon with pork, turkey, cod or haddock.

“Finally, use your freezer space to avoid any food waste! Take advantage of any reduced food and special offers at supermarkets, and stock up on essentials for future BBQ’s.”