Yay! It’s a long weekend! Are you kitted out for another epic national braai day? Here are some must-have gadgets and accessories to help you defend your place among the braai masters.
Big Green Egg
Big Green Egg is a quality kamado-style charcoal grill that is a braai-oven-smoker all in one. This braai is miles ahead of anything else on the market, and comes in seven sizes from XXL Big Green Egg to Mini Big Green Egg. It’s made from state-of-the-art ceramics, which provides superior insulation, making very high and very low 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 something meaty pizza, Big Green Egg can do it all. Buy it from Hirsch’s and Patio Warehouse.
Jack Daniel’s Wood Smoking Chips
Flavoured wood-smoking chunks can add a variety of delicious tastes to anything cooked on the braai. Jack Daniel’s Wood Smoking Chips are made from 100% Jack Daniel’s oak ageing barrels and pair well with beef, veal, pork and poultry.
Most Jack Daniel’s Wood Smoking Chips are packaged wet, so no pre-soaking is needed. Simply add these wood chips onto your coals and enjoy the flavour.
Personlised Braai Tongs
Get rid of those boring old braai tongs and get yourself a set of personalised tongs from The Braai Tong. Take your pick from tongs with an engraved wooden handle or a branded nylon handle, add your name, favourite sports team or a personal message and checkout.
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, light the firelighters and in 10 to 15 minutes you’ll have coals ready to roast.
If you’ve got a hungry gang to feed in a jiffy, the Weber Chimney Starter is a great accessory. Available online and from stores stocking Weber products.
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 mouthwatering dishes, you can’t go wrong with any one of his seven publications. The latest addition, Road Tripping, is a great source of braai inspiration. Available online and in bookstores nationwide.
Flippen Lekka Spice
The best braai calls for the best local spice to be used. Flippen Lekka Spice is a unique blend of salt, herbs and spices, and enhances the natural flavour of the food and can be used on beef, pork, poultry, lamb and seafood. Produced in small batches to maintain superior quality, Flippen Lekka Spice is an organic product that contains no added MSG.
By Jana van der Linde