If you’re heading to South Africa on safari in the next few weeks, we have something to add to your bucket list. As South Africans, we find any opportunity and occasion to get together as friends and family and have a braai. This is a social time when we sit back, relax and indulge in some of the countries finest rump, T-bone and sirloin steak marinated for hours in local sauces and cooked to perfection on a hot flame.
What is a braai?
A traditional method of cooking/roasting marinated meat or chicken over a grid on a wood fire.
This is especially relevant in South Africa during Heritage month, with Heritage Day on the 24 September. During this month and on this day, locals celebrate their heritage, culture, diversity, traditions and this nation-building tool will definitely involve scrumptious traditional foods.
The greatest part of a safari in South Africa is that there will definitely be an outdoor boma and a safari braai. The boma symbolises an outdoor retreat, where guests gather to socialise, find warmth and eat good food.
Whether it’s a mobile lunch or a sunset dinner, your camp will lead you to the bush braai site where they will prepare on display your magnificent flame-grilled meal. Enjoy a drink while your meat gets cooked to your satisfaction in front of you and bask in the fire’s warmth as you wait. Sit back, relax and listen for passing wildlife or to the rangers unmatched stories of their experiences in the bush.
With a picturesque sunset in front of you, surrounded by wildlife and wilderness and eventually indulging under a starlit African sky, there will be no place you’d rather be.
How to make your own braai:
Decide if you want to make a wood or charcoal fire, or braai on a gas griller. This will determine the taste of your meat.
If you decide on a wood braai, the more wood, the better. The type of wood you choose will determine how long it will burn and adding/using coal will add a nice flavour.
Use firelighter in between the logs to get the fire started. Make sure the smaller pieces of wood are at the bottom and the larger pieces on top.
When you have decided that your fire is not too hot and will last you long enough to cook all of the meat, place the first meat onto the grid.
Sausage (Boerewors) can be added on full heat and will cook quickly and is the perfect starter for those hungry guests who have been waiting.
Chicken is more difficult to braai as it takes the longest to cook properly and less heat is needed.
Once the chicken is halfway done you can add your chops. This way, all the meat will be done at the same time and everyone can eat together.
Don’t forget the garlic bread, salads and baked beans make the perfect side dishes.
And while we celebrate our heritage, we also remember to stay green. Safari Braai runs projects in South Africa that uses and recycles alien trees into braai wood to improve water run-off into rivers and dams.
They have also designed the new Safari Fire Stix firelighter which is manufactured from recycled wood dust, wax and a wick. It is very safe to light and burns for approximately 18 minutes. It has no smell and is environmentally friendly.
We hope you are looking forward to your next safari braai.