What is a Braai?

A Braai is the African word for Barbecue. Pronounced (BR-I). It also means a cook-up or meat grill (an event).

Simply put, a Braai is a wood or charcoal fuelled barbecue, but more than that it is an incredibly versatile and exciting way to cook which provides a great social hub for a gathering or celebration!

Showpiece Cooking Experience 

The Braai Man supplies built-in Braais which can sit exposed or be designed into an existing building, wall or chimney stack. Perfect for a patio, decking or garden, they become a centerpiece of the garden.

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Stone built surround

More than just great food

Once the cooking is done the best thing to do is remove the grill and ember maker and you’ve got yourself a great, warm firepit to chill around with a few beers or a glass of wine.

a braai at work

What can I cook on a South African Braai?

You can of course cook in a manner similar to the British barbecue, but there are also a host of other options. On a braai you can grill, slow roast on the higher shelf (the results are truly succulent!), stew in a pot (known as a ‘potjie’) which hangs from a hook and smoke. The braai is also amazing for pizzas – acting as a pizza oven and reaching temperatures far in excess of a traditional oven and if you’ve been inspired by Bake Off, you can use the braai to bake bread or cakes!

 

Braais in South Africa are more than just a way of eating, they are more than just a type of barbecue, they are an occasion.