THE BRAAI CHECKLIST
No one has your braai interests at heart but you. If the quality of experience is a priority, put together your own travel braai kit.
1 BRAAI GLOVES Gloves are not for sissies. Braaiing properly is hot work and you may need to move a grid or flip over a fat stack by holding each end of the skewers. Gloves will ensure the meat chars, not your hands. 2 A GRID The grid where you’re staying may be rusty, wonky, on its last legs or not fastidiously cleaned. (Alternatively, give it a good rub-down with an onion or lemon after burning off any scary bits.) 3 TONGS You might arrive to find the kind where boerie falls through the hole in the part that’s meant to grip it. After using long woodenhandled, scalloped-edged tongs, there’s no going back. 4 A BIG WOODEN BOARD Food-prep boards at rental accommodation are often too small, warped or not properly cleaned. 5 A CHEF’S KNIFE Even if there is the right-sized knife in your holiday house, it’s rare that it will be sharp. 6 WOOD Just because wood is left for guests doesn’t always mean it’s best for the job or that there’s enough of it. If long-burning coals are needed, avoid the frustration of a fire that goes up in a puff of smoke and bring the right wood (kameeldoring).