Charcoal or briquettes? For some, that’s like having to pick your favourite child. We made 20 fires over a weekend – to help make your next braai decision a little easier.
Do you ever really think about which bag of briquettes or coal you grab when you’re in a hurry to get on the road before the Friday traffic? No? Neither did we, and that’s exactly why we grabbed 16 of the most popular brands out there and put them to the test. We also went full hipster, and threw four boxes of infused briquettes into the mix.
The conditions were the same for each fire, with an ambient temperature of 20 °C and the same cut of meat on the grill for all the brands (a matured sirloin about 1,5 cm thick).
We used a braai pit that we split into quadrants, with the meat resting on a grid 18 cm from the bottom of the pit.
All the fires consisted of a 1kg pile of charcoal or briquettes which were lit using two standard blocks of Blitz firelighter.