African Braai vs BBQ

Whether you’re a BBQ fan or a grill master, chances are that you have already come across the term ‘Braai’ before, but have you ever given it a go? 

If not, here’s your sign – as we’re about to talk about all things Braai and how it compares to the great British BBQ. 

What is a Braai? 

The word Braai (rhymes with ‘cry’) is a South African term for the beloved tradition of cooking over an open flame. Originating from the Dutch term ‘Braden’ meaning ‘roast’, the word has since become synonymous with the social gathering around the grill and the act of cooking meat over direct heat. 

What is the difference between a BBQ and a Braai?

The main difference between a BBQ and a Braai is the fire element, since Braai is often cooked over a lit fire as opposed to a gas grill. 

What makes a good Braai? 

When it comes to Braai, using wood instead of charcoal is often the preferred cooking method as it teases out the best flavours. To enhance the taste a step further, consider marinating the meat the night before.

What is the best meat for Braai? 

When choosing meat for Braai, be sure to always choose quality cuts. Below are some of the cuts that we recommend:

Which steak is best for Braai? 

As mentioned above, both T Bone and Ribeye are ideal for Braai, as well as sirloin and fillet

Whichever you choose, always go for those high quality cuts. Braai is all about cooking great produce to perfection, so to achieve the most authentic results be sure to opt for the very best cuts of steak. 

Is brisket good for Braai?

In a word, yes. Brisket is great for a Braai. Just remember to cook it low and slow. A brisket’s texture is tough, so it will need a longer grilling time on a low heat. 

How long should you Braai chicken?

You should need around 20 to 25 minutes for chicken. Cook over a moderate heat, ensuring that you turn the chicken often. Be sure to check the internal temperature of the meat before serving. 

Best sides for Braai

Similar to a typical British BBQ, popular sides served up at a Braai can include: coleslaw, beans, potato salad and bread rolls. Although you may find quite a few sides served up at a Braai, it’s best to keep the flavours simple. The meat should take centre stage after all!

If you’re looking to impress your guests this upcoming summer, why not choose from one of our superior cuts of meat from our exceptional selection of meat here at Tom Hixson of Smithfield and host your own Braai to show off your newfound knowledge and skills on the grill?

For further cooking or BBQ inspiration, look towards our blog to explore more beloved traditions and techniques hailing from across the globe that you can incorporate into your cooking. 

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