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Braai Day Tips

With Braai just around the corner, I have found these great Braai tips for you guys!  Tip 40 is the best one, and let's face it, always works!! If we’ve learnt anything from the Ultimate Braai Master, it’s that breaking the rules of convention is the best way to impress your braaing audience. With our Cooked in the Karoofacebook giveaway last week, we asked for your best braaing tips and man did you deliver. While only one lucky duck won the book, with a stash of braaing brilliance like this, we can all be winners this Braai Day. Don’t burn your fingers on these best braai tips! 

Braai hacks

Mighty meaty braai tips

1. Skewer your lamb chops or rashers and stand fat side down first when braaing to crisp up the fat or rind. Once crispy remove the skewer and continue braaing as normal. (Dorian Fourie) 2. Add bay branches to the fire – it adds a lovely flavour to red meat such as rump. (Yolandi Shaw) 3. Par cook the chicken in the marinade and just brown it off on the braai. No eating dry chicken at midnight! (Nicole Brower) 4. When braaing, squeeze fresh lemon over your lamb chops to make them extra tender and enhance the natural flavour of the meat. (Nina Du Plessis) 5. Par boil spare ribs in water with bay leaves and peppercorns. When done, drain and pour over marinade. Allow to rest. Since they won’t have to braai for too long the marinade won’t burn either! (Diane Ferraris) 6. Braai sausage first, then rashers or ribs. And always end with the steaks. (Rehana Seedat) 7. Before you cook the steaks, push all the coals into one spot so that it’s super hot. That way you’ll always get a great steak. (Rehana Seedat) 8. For yummy rosemary and lemon lamb chops (works on chicken as well), layer a braai grid with fresh rosemary sticks and slices of lemon. Add a layer of meat (lamb or chicken) and salt to taste. Add another layer of rosemary and lemon. Braai until meat is cooked. (Rehana Seedat) 9. Buy bulk chops etc. and portion them out into freezer bags with your favourite marinade before freezing, so you have pre-marinated braai packs ready to defrost for spontaneous braaing. (Charlie Hope) 10. Marinate meat the night before and shake off excess before putting it on the grill so it doesn’t stick. Once you have cooked both sides you can baste with your sauces. (Stephanie Whitaker) 11. For a great pork chop try marinading them overnight in crushed garlic, mustard, brown sugar, lemon juice and Aromat. (Chanri Cleo Strydom) 12. Instead of using a brush, use a rosemary bushel to brush chops or chicken with olive oil or marinade! (Maggie Jeppe) 13. If you want the meat succulent avoid turning the meat too many times! This allows the meat to seal in all the juices. (Renuka Lallbahadur) 14. To stop the braaied meat drying out, place it in an open container which has fried onions inside. The onions will add flavour and moisture to the meat. (Carryn Paikin) 15. Always allow your steak to rest before devouring. (Bev Ewart Boshoff) 16. Pair your freshly braaied rump steak with blue cheese and be ready for a taste explosion!(Nick Schoeman) 17. Try using a creamy Greek salad dressing as a marinade for lamb chops. (Richard Atkinson) 18. Braaing your meat when it’s at room temperature makes the outcome juicy and succulent. (Seshnie Govender)


Braai tips for some fishy flavour

19. If you can smell the sea air, it’s a good time to buy a snoek and braai it basted with apricot jam. (Leanne Queripel) 20. Fish grilling guide: salmon fillets, 6–8 minutes per side; salmon or tuna steaks, 5 minutes per side (less for tuna if you like it raw); trout fillets, 4 minutes per side; small whole fish, 7 minutes per side; and large fish, 15 minutes per side. If your whole fish is stuffed, give it a few extra minutes per side. (Rehana Seedat) 21. For soft and juicy calamari, marinade overnight in milk and sliced kiwi fruit – no more rubber! (Hennie Francis)


Awesome accompaniments

22. Make an easy ‘Cheats bread’ by buying a bag of dough from your nearest shop, roll it out like a large pizza base, sprinkle with toppings of choice, roll the dough like a swiss roll and bake at 180°C for 40 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve hot. (Jacyn Mitchley) 23. For a killer braai hot sauce, braai some green chillies and fresh garlic, wrapped in foil, then toss in the blender with added mayo. Use as basting sauce when braaing. (Atyia Sonday) 24. For the best braai budget side dish, cut your potatoes open with a cross, skin still on, fill with butter and crushed garlic and then wrap in foil. Place your potatoes between your coals for 20 minutes and enjoy. (Chanri Cleo Strydom) 25. Use a muffin pan to separate all the sauces! (Euby Nkoenyane) 26. To get your toasties nice and brown, without burning them, butter the bread on the outside and wrap them in tin foil (shiny silver side on the inside). Braai the toasties for about 5 minutes on either side, depending on the heat of the coals. It also prevents the cheese from running out. (Andrea Tepelden)


Fire fighting braai tips

27. Struggling with wet rooikrans wood from the petrol station? Sprinkle plain white sugar over your stack and light with Blitz. Sugar burns at a high temp so you increase the internal temp of the stack. (Gerrit de Kock) 28. Limit smoke by placing a fireproof container filled with water next to the coals. As the liquid boils, the steam helps to contain the smoke. (Nicole Brower) 29. Put old dried out teabags in a bottle and fill half the bottle with paraffin. The teabags soak up all the paraffin and make for epic firelighters when getting your fire going. (Sarah-jane Van Heerden) 30. Use pine cones as firelighters. (Tarryn Samiera Makka) 31. Be patient when braaing, the fire is ready when you can hold your hand over it for a count of 10 seconds. (Rehana Seedat) 32. Clean the grill with half a lemon. (Stephanie Whitaker) 33. Adding an onion to the coals before starting to braai to give your neighbours that ‘Oooh someone is braaing’ sensation. (Chanri Cleo Strydom) 34. Always use real fire wood. The atmosphere is better and the meat is tastier. (Thea Kleynhaus Lennox) 35. Adding sage (a dried bunch) to your fire/braai will keep bugs and mosquitos away!(Christi Warwick) 36. To keep mozzies at bay, collect old/used teabags, dip in citronella oil, let it dry, and keep for firelighters! (Linda Bouwer) 37. When braaing a nice thick rump, make sure you use quality wood, with quality coals, as you need a very hot fire, to ensure you seal the rump for a perfect medium rare. (Nick Schoeman)


For the sweet tooth

38. Place one block of Lindt chilli dark chocolate on a Marie biscuit on the grid to melt. Cook a marshmallow separately on a skewer to soften until golden. Place marshmallow on top of melted chocolate and add another Marie biscuit on top for a gourmet S’more. (Yolandi Shaw) 39. Skewer your favourite fruit and scorch it on the braai for a bit before dipping it in melted chocolate. (Ann Nicci Tippo)


And finally…

40. Tell somebody else what a great braaier they are… then sit back and let them do all the work. (Shanlin Woo) Source:  www.yuppiechef.com