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What is South African BBQ? Ultimate Guide to Braai

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What Is South African BBQ (Braai)?

Braai (rhymes with fry) is the South African equivalent of a Barbecue! It is Afrikaans for “barbecue” or “roast” where meat is cooked over a wood or charcoal fire. Braai may also refer to the event where grilled food is enjoyed with friends and family. 

Braai can be commonly found in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. 

Traditional Braai uses local wood for cooking, as it brings out the best flavors of the meat. Charcoal is often used for convenience, but it doesn’t bring out the traditional taste.

Being a family gathering, Braai can go for hours on end. This is why there is often a designated Braai master who does the job of tending the fire and keeping track of the meat’s doneness. 

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