Braai Tips for a Real South African Easter

What’s an Easter long-weekend without a braai? Let us share some tips to help you impress your friends, family and other guests around the braai. From picking your wood to lighting the fire with ease and making sure your meat is ready to be served – we’ve got you covered.

Plan your braai

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, Braaing 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 the real South African way this Easter with our recipes!

CLEAN YOUR GRID IN A JIFFY

CLEAN YOUR GRID IN A JIFFY

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 GREAT MOOD

CREATE A GREAT MOOD

Create a braai playlist. Whether it’s radio hits or a list of the classics, a great braai deserves great music.

PREPARE THE SEATING AREA

PREPARE THE SEATING AREA

Arrange enough chairs around the braai for all your guests. No one wants to be left standing around at a party.

TEST IF THE COALS ARE READY

TEST IF THE COALS ARE READY

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!

USE EVERYDAY ITEMS TO LIGHT A FIRE

USE EVERYDAY ITEMS TO LIGHT A FIRE

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.

SERVE THE MOST REFRESHING DRINKS

SERVE THE MOST REFRESHING DRINKS

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.

KEEP THINGS FUSS-FREE

KEEP THINGS FUSS-FREE

Whether it’s buttering rolls or prepping sauces, perfect braais require perfect prep.

ROUND THINGS OFF WITH A DELECTABLE DESSERT

ROUND THINGS OFF WITH A DELECTABLE DESSERT

No braai is complete without a treat. Whether ice cream or a South African classic, be sure to prep dessert!