So what’s different about a Braai I hear you say? Well put down your light beer or berry-flavoured cider, step away from the disposable train wreck of a ‘barbecue’ which you picked up last minute from the local petrol station and listen up! Tough love people, get ready.
Gone are the days when you could get away with throwing a few Wall’s saussie’s on the BBQ and hoping your guests will be satisfied. They won’t! Bring your best game to the Braai with some quality British meat from your butcher and let it do the talking. Good produce speaks for itself and doesn’t need slathering with thick, sugary BBQ sauce. Our Braai produces red hot embers for perfect and instant searing of your meat.
Our Braai will double up as a hot smoker. And its easy! Just throw some soaked wood chips over your hot embers, place your meat or fish on the highest grill inside the Braai and close up the doors on the front. With fish it’s important to cover in salt beforehand, this draws out the water and gives the flesh a smokier flavour.
Pizza on the Braai
Pizza is made easy too with a cast iron baking plate (£15). Because the Braai is an enclosed unit, the side walls radiate heat and act in the same way as a pizza oven. So wait, its a grill, a smoker and a pizza oven. Yep! Oh and you can make perfect bread and scones on the same baking plate. Because cast iron cooking utensils provide uniform heat, they are an easy way to re-create restaurant quality food. Just ask Mary Berry.
Slow roast or bake
The Braai has four height levels to set your grill, so you can regulate the heat which you cook at; perfect for slow cooking larger joints of meat . My favourite has to be a Greek lamb leg Kleftiko cooked slow and low in its own juices and heaps of garlic.
Cast iron is best
Your cast iron skillet is the only tool you need to do everything you could with a conventional oven/range but outside on the Braai. The skillets will cook away directly on top of the coals. E.g. New potatoes, part boiled then crisped up in the pan with some parmesan and rosemary thrown in, and good butter of course.
Once you’ve got your Braai you have all you need to cook outside the whole year round. And why wouldn’t you? Find your inner caveman, go and catch a fish and cook it over fire! Your girlfriend will love you for it… Alternatively your boyfriend will despise you, but that’s good right?
Keep following the blog for some big meat challenges over the next few months and our Youtube debut. We’re cooking with whole carcasses in a new way, that’s all I’ll say.
Barbecue with brawn!