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When visiting South Africa the one absolute must item to try, unless you’re vegan/vegetarian, is South African Braai. Similar to barbecue, but don’t you dare call it that, it literally means ‘grilled meat in Afrikaans. For fuel wood is used over gas and other forms of charcoal giving the meat an extra smokey flavor. Another feature that makes South African Braai unique is that most of the various kinds of meats are marinated prior to being grilled. The entire process, including the preparation, is very much a social affair. Be sure to try braai if you get the chance; however, remember not to call it barbecue because that’s just a sauce 😉
Right now we’re at Wild Farm in Wilderness and we’re waiting for one of my favorite things. It’s called Braai. It’s South African barbecue and it is absolutely phenomenal.
So in the background we’ve got our lovely little log cabin. I’m drying out a towel right now. But anyways that is besides the point. The team here at the hostel is now working on the barbecue. They’re stoking the fire so we are going to show you the whole process. Let’s go cook some Braai.
And Audrey has made a new best friend. Who is this? It’s Kika.
Is it playtime or nap time? It looks like nap time.
You want to take this one home in your backpack? Yes. She would fit nicely.
Not a bad little view from over here huh? What are you drinking? Um, apple cider.
Alright, we’ve got the grill master here and he’s going to tell us what makes Braai much better than barbecue.
Well, firstly, barbecue is a sauce. Hahahaha.
But the difference with a South African Braai is the fact that we use real wood instead of charcoal. And it gives a different flavor to the meat. And that is a big thing. Excuse me.
What have we got here? We’ve got some good chicken. Look at that.
This is sausage as well. That looks so good.
So underneath the Braai that is where you have the meat that is already done and the cheesy mushroom bread.
Here is the finished product. Look at that. Wow!
So that is the bread? Yep.
It’s the cheesy mushroom bread. Show us that. Woah. It is almost like a sandwich. A hot sandwich. That’s for me.
Alright, we are checking out your plate. What do we got over here? So it is all dished up. My first traditional Braai. We’ve got some chicken, some sausage and some meat. So I am ready to dig in. What else do we have aside from that? Well, there is salad and potatoes on the side and some feta cheese. But who is focusing on that. Okay, first bite. Who cares about that stuff. Mmmm. That is wonderful. You did a great job. Cool, man. Yeah, seriously.
Alright, stop filming me and enjoy your food man. Hahahaha.
Alright, I’m trying the sausage. That is amazing. South African Braai sausage is better than anything else I’ve ever tried.