Now that you have mastered your braai skills, there are a few additional details that need your attention. You need a game plan, so how are you going to make sure that everything is served at the same time, so there are no awkward latecomers to the table? And what will accompany your meat? Luckily, we’ve put together some tips for you so that you can impress your guests – and if you’re a guest, know your place around the braai.
What’s your braai game plan?
To serve all your meat at the same time, everything must be done simultaneously. So for a big braai, put the chicken on first at the edge of the fire, then place the boerewors and chops around the centre before placing your steak on last in the centre of your grill.
You can’t sidestep the side dishes:
Sure, Braai Day is all about the glory of grilling up some meat – but it certainly won’t be complete without traditional braaibroodjies, creamy potato salad or exciting twists on old favourites like pap bites with chakalaka. Fill your table this Heritage Day with our recipes!
Cut a large onion in half and rub over the grid with your tongs if you don’t have time for a thorough cleaning session.
Create a braai playlist. Whether it’s radio hits or a list of the classics, a great braai deserves great music.
Arrange enough chairs around the braai for all your guests. No one wants to be left standing around at a party.
If you can hold your hand over a braai for 5 seconds, it’s time for steaks, 7 seconds for boerie, and 10 for chicken!
Instead of throwing away old teabags, dry them out, put them in a jar, cover with methylated spirits, allow the liquid to soak into the bags and then place between the briquettes or coals. The result: instant flames.
Don’t forget the drinks! A top braairite tip is preparing all your favourite drinks ahead of the time. Don’t forget the drinks! A top braairite tip is preparing all your favourite drinks ahead of the time. Don’t forget the drinks! A top braairite tip is preparing all your favourite drinks ahead of the time.
Whether it’s buttering rolls or prepping sauces, perfect braais require perfect prep.
No braai is complete without a treat. Whether ice cream or a South African classic, be sure to prep dessert!