We’ve decided to make outdoor entertaining easier for you with these braai ideas, accessories and recipes!
And if you’re looking for an excuse to braai, just remember, unlike when you fry, steam or saute, the fat drips out of your food, leaving your meat with fewer kilojoules than when you started. Yes please!
Top tips for a successful braai:
- Always have enough ice. Running out of ice at a braai is practically criminal!
- If you’re using wood, make sure it’s not from indigenous trees, rather burn up alien vegetation and feel good about doing your bit for the environment.
- Be as organised as possible, there’s nothing worse than not having a dish to transfer cooked meat into when its ready. This could lead to overcooked meat — which is another braai crime.
- Chicken is often a nightmare to braai — but not if you pre-cook it before it hits the coals.
- Rosemary branches make amazing sosatie sticks, just pull off the leaves and thread on some lamb or chicken pieces — instant flavour.
- Although we’re firm believers that the fire kills any germs, giving the grid a once-over with half a lemon or onion before putting the meat on makes everything smell amazing and gets rid of the worst burnt on bits.
- Have plenty of snacks on hand in case the meat takes longer than expected to cook (which always happens!).
Of course, we’ve got our own collection of amazing braai ideas. From spring braai recipes that everyone will love (there’s even something for vegetarians!) to burgers, stuffed lamb, smoky ribs and chicken thighs, we’ve thought of everything — even amazing sides to serve.
Best braai accessory
The Eetrite Portable Braai Bucket (R399.95, from homeetc.co.za), is our must-have braai accessory for braaing on the go. This nifty little outdoor appliance is easy to carry and super convenient for a braai anywhere you can think of! With a bucket placed neatly beneath the grill, you’re able to carry everything you need, all in one trip. Picnic braai anyone?
Fab braai book
No braai is complete without the perfect menu. And something other than the usual wors rolls and boring salad will take your braai from average to out of this world. Not to worry, we’ve got this one covered as well! The Democratic Republic of Braai (R295, Bookstorm) by braai master Jan Braai provides mere mortals like us with great braai ideas and mouthwatering recipes that can be enjoyed either on, or alongside a braai. For a taste of his genius, try this mealiepap with sweetcorn.