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Flat/apartment braai

6th June 2018 tagged #braaisalt, #steakandchopspice', boerewors, braai, charka

Oh this is so relevant for some of us with limited space in the UK – here is some great tips to guide you so we can continue our lovely culture and braai…

Living in an apartment is no excuse to miss out on a braaing at home. Here’s what you need.

  1. A Braai. Whether it is a Weber, Monolith, Cadac, Gasbraai or half an oil drum, can find one big or small enough to suite the size of your balcony.
  2. Braai fuel.  Wood, charcoal, briquettes or gas, it is up to you. At National Braai Day we like to braai with wood that is not indigenous to South Africa, such as Rooikrans, Blackwattle or Bluegum.
  3. Braai grid (toeklap rooster). Stainless steel is always better than mild steel as it lasts much longer.
  4. Once you’ve got the basics the most important thing you will need is braai tongs; two pairs are better than one – one for the raw and one for the braaied meat. It also makes you look as though you know what you are doing.
  5. The marinades, spices & sauces that you use on your meat is a big factor when it comes to determining taste, and there is no substitute for coarse sea salt.
  6. A braai bowl. They are generally sold with a lid that can double as your second braai bowl.
  7. Meat Thermometer. This will enable you to braai your fillet, whole chicken or fish to the correct internal temperature. Dry over-braaied food is not cool.
  8. Braai-gloves. Leather welding gloves are a good option. You don’t need to prove anything by getting your hands burnt.
  9. 1 water pistol. There is absolutely no better way to keep control and enforce discipline on flare-ups and fires that want to burn your food.
  10. A nice cut of meat from St Marcus. Feel free to ask us questions about the type of meat you are buying, it’s our job to know the answers.