WE ASKED: What’s your No. 1 tip for making potjie?
Make sure there are no coals on the inside of the legs under the belly (the lowest section of the pot). This way, your pot won’t burn. You can safely add more coals, as long as they remain on the outside of the legs. – Michael J Wilcox
Potjie is fairly easy to make but staying sober during the cooking process is the hard part! So take it easy with the dop. – Alwyn Bosman
Start early and don’t rush. The longer the better. Just made an oxtail potjie in the bush and ended up eating at 10pm! – Nicholas Wessels
Leave a potato on top of the lid when everything else is in the pot. If this potato is done then the rest should be done. – Peet Buys
Leave the potjie man/woman alone – they know what they’re doing. Don’t mess with the chef, just pour them another drink! – Liesel Steinberg
Clean the pot properly before starting. People don’t realise how filthy their pots are usually. – Stan Louw
No coals under the pot. Hang it if you can and don’t stir the potjie – it’s not a cup of coffee. – Antonio Farao