Must-Have Braai Gadgets


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.

All items available at time of publishing

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, providing superior insulation and 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, while a wheel vent on the top regulates how much air goes out.

Whether you’re cooking sizzling steaks, smoked ribs, pulled pork or baking pot bread or a pizza base, the Big Green Egg can do it all. Buy it from Hirsch’s and Patio Warehouse.

Details: www.biggreenegg.co.za

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Blocks

Wood-smoking chips add a variety of flavours to anything cooked on the braai. The Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Blocks are made from 100% Jack Daniel’s oak ageing barrels. They are packaged wet, so no pre-soaking is needed, and you simply throw them directly onto the charcoal. The flavour works well with beef, veal, pork and poultry.

Details: Available at Hirsch’s Stores

Personalised 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 those with an engraved wooden handle or a branded nylon handle, add your name, favourite sports team or a personal message and proceed to the check-out.

Details: www.thebraaitong.co.za

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, put firelighters on the grill and place the canister with the charcoal on top. 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.

Details: www.weber.co.za

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 cookbooks. Filled with helpful hints, interesting quips, great stories, beautiful pics and mouthwatering dishes, you can’t go wrong with any one of his publications. Our favourite source of braai inspiration is Road Tripping. Available online and in bookstores nationwide.

Details: justinbonello.com/books

Flippen Lekka Spice

The best braai calls for the best spices. Flippen Lekka Spice is a unique blend of salt, herbs and spices; it enhances the natural flavour of 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.

Details: www.facebook.com/flippenlekkaspice.pretoria

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