The Ultimate Grill Guide: Make the Great outdoors Greater
We may have been cooking over open fire since the Stone Age but that doesn’t give you license to entertain like a caveman. Upgrade your braai, get the must-have accessories, follow our easy grilling hacks and there’ll be no doubt who champs the hunger games.
1 GRILL FACTOR
The braais to own, from a small, mid-week meal for two to an al fresco crowd-feeding machine.
2 KOBUS BOTHA, Author of Le Braai
Best cut of meat to grill Picanha. It’s a Brazilian rump cut. You grill the whole thing on the fat side until crispy, then slice it and grill on a super hot fire. Charcoal or gas I cook mainly with wood. I love to work with fire and it tastes better. Also, it’s romantic and manly. Gas is great when you don’t have a lot of time. Tip for amateurs Braai as often as you can. No quick fixes here, it’s an ancient skill. Go-to marinade I don’t marinade. Good meat, technique, salt and pepper. Best non-red-meat item to grill Fresh fish. Mistake amateurs make Not having a sufficiently deep bed of coals. It’s easy to adjust the grid level; making more coals takes time. Inspiration behind Le Braai Most braai books are not by professionals. It was time. Most unexpected thing in Le Braai Janhendrik’s [van der Westhuizen, the Michelin-star chef] photography. He has magic hands and a magic eye. The pictures are gorgeous.
3 A LITTLE on THE SIDE
You’ll look like a pro with these fire-side accessories (and they’re actually useful).
BIG GREEN EGG CERAMIC COOKER, R16 590 (LARGE), patio warehouse WEBER MASTERTOUCH CHARCOAL GRILL, R5 139, Yuppiechef CHARGRILLER ‘OUTLAW’ BRAAI GRILL BBQ, R4 890, braaishop BARBECUE PLATTER IN PALM, R640, le creuset SALTER ‘HESTON BLUMENTHAL’ DIGITAL THERMOMETER, R516, banks TERRAZZO NAPKIN, R90 (FOR TWO), superbalist; LK’S ENAMEL JAFFLE IRON, R299, Yuppiechef