South Africans love a good braai. And with so many gadgets on the market, you can easily up your skills. We’ve put together a list of some of our must-have gadgets for mastering the braai to help you on your way to becoming a braai champion.
Big Green Egg
Big Green Egg is a quality kamado-style charcoal grill that is a braai, oven and smoker, all in one. This braai is miles ahead of anything else on the market and comes in seven sizes from Mini Big Green Egg to XXL Big Green Egg. It’s made from state-of-the-art ceramics, providing superior insulation and making very low and very high temperatures easy to maintain. A sliding metal door controls the grill temperature as it regulates how much air goes in, and a wheel vent on the top regulates how much air goes out. Whether you’re looking for sizzling steaks, smoked ribs, pulled pork, pot bread or a base for a pizza, Big Green Egg can do it all. Buy it from Hirsch’s and Patio Warehouse.
Justin Bonello Recipe Books
Who better to turn to when preparing for the ultimate braai than the ultimate braai master? Justin Bonello’s adventurous and good-food-loving recipe books are much more than your usual cookbook. Filled with helpful hints, interesting quips, great stories, beautiful pics and mouth-watering dishes, you can’t go wrong with any one of his seven publications. Road Tripping is a great source of braai inspiration. Available online and in bookstores nationwide.
Jack Daniel’s Wood Smoking Chips
Flavoured wood-smoking chunks can add a variety of delicious tastes to anything cooked on the braai. The Jack Daniel’s Wood Smoking Chips are made from 100% Jack Daniel’s oak ageing barrels and go well with beef, pork and poultry. Most Jack Daniel’s Wood Smoking Chips are packaged wet, so no pre-soaking is needed. Simply add the wood chips to your coals and enjoy the flavour. These chips are available at Hirsch’s stores.
Flippen Lekka Spice
This isn’t exactly a gadget but essential because the best braai calls for the best local spice. Flippen Lekka Spice is a unique blend of salt, herbs and spices and enhances the natural flavour of your beef, pork, poultry, lamb, vegetables and seafood. Produced in small batches to maintain superior quality, Flippen Lekka Spice is an organic product that contains no added MSG.
Personalised Braai Tools
Get rid of those boring old braai tools and get yourself a set of personalised ones from The Braai Tong. Take your pick from tools with an engraved wooden handle or a branded nylon handle, add your name, favourite sports team or a personal message.
Weber RapidFire Chimney Starter
The Weber RapidFire Chimney Starter gets the coals red-hot and ready in no time! The hollow metal cylinder design couldn’t be easier to use. Fill the Chimney Starter all the way to the top with charcoal, place firelighters on the grill and place the canister with the charcoal on top of the firelighters. Now light the firelighters and in 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll have coals ready to roast on. If you’ve got a hungry gang to feed in a jiffy, the Weber Chimney Starter is a great accessory. Available online at Takealot or Weber SA and from stores stocking Weber products.
Weber iGrill3 Thermometer
Being a braai master means mastering the art of cooking meat to perfection, but sometimes you take the steak off just a little too late. The Weber iGrill Thermometer is the perfect gadget for faultless braaing. The probe can connect to up to four cuts of meat and you don’t have to worry about watching them the whole time. It comes with an app (found on Google Play and the App Store) that alerts you when the meat is ready, so you’ll never over- or under-cook your steaks again.
Available online at Weber SA or different stockists nationwide.
Megamaster LED Lid Handle Light
A good braai can last well into the night and outdoor lighting isn’t always great. The Megamaster LED Lid Handle Light is a must-have accessory when it comes to night-time braaing. The light attaches to the grill handle so it’s convenient to use. And it’s battery-operated so you needn’t have to plug it in. Available online at Takealot.
Braai Spots Around The City
If you are looking for a place to have your braai, check these spots out! Here, you’ll be able to show off all your braai skills! All the best, and we hope you’ll send us some lekker braaivleis!