DEMI-LEIGH NEL-PETERS – MISS SA 2017
Why do you love braaiing?
I love the company best! There’s just something about a braai that brings people together – it’s convivial. To me a braai is as much about the company as the actual food. An atmosphere is created once the fire takes hold, anticipation builds as it turns to coals, and then there’s the smell of the first piece of meat as it hits the grid . . . For South Africans – braai, shisa nyama, barbecue, call it what you will – it is all part of our culture and a celebration.
What is your braai must-have and what makes it so special? My first choice is always a succulent piece of rump and sticky BBQ pork ribs. Rump is one of those rare steaks – it has the most flavour of any of the cuts while still being tender. It also goes well with a good potato salad, and one of my favourites, pap and sous!
And what can you say about a lip-smackingly sticky rib that literally falls off the bone . . . For me meat is synonymous with a braai! It’s what takes centre stage. Imagine just having a grilled mushroom! That’s the support act; nothing wrong with that but it’s not the main event!