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Your Best Braai: Steak

For a true Argentine experience, ask your butcher for grass-fed rib-eye, which is leaner and contains more flavour than most grain-fed beef. Plan on a 450g, 3.5cm-thick steak for each dinner. The game plan Fire up your grill to medium low (that is, when you can hold your hand over the heat for 8 seconds). Push […]

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Your Best Braai: Chicken

Guys who bring chicken to the braai are generally treated like pariahs. This recipe will change that. The protein Avoid buying battery chicken. A study by the Iowa State University showed that organic, free-range chicken provides healthier levels of saturated fat and the most beneficial levels of polyunsaturated fat, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than […]

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8 Butcher Tips

Because if you’re going to do something, do it right. Mix a steak rub “What I find always works well is Khoi-San salt, crushed black pepper and crushed coriander seeds – it’s easy and brings out great flavours.” – Caroline McCann, butcher Sharpen up “There’s only one way to sharpen, and that’s with an oil […]

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Justin Bonello on Finding Paradise

South African guyfood expert has the best advice if you’re planning a summer break Justin Bonello doesn’t have time to talk. At all. He is wholly focused on Ultimate Braaimaster – not his moniker, but rather the title of his masterchef-esque new show about, well, braaiing – and now is not a good time. Shooting […]

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Thick-Cut Sirloin Steaks with Bacon-Blue Cheese Butter

Your Braai Day steak recipe, sorted What you’ll need 1 stick salted butter at room temperature 2 tbsp bacon fat (save from your next batch of bacon) 2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese 2 tbsp thinly sliced spring onions Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 top-sirloin roast (2 to 3.5 kg), cut into steaks How to […]

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Be the Braaimeister

Winning braai strategies from chef Anthony Bourdain Don’t bother to get too hot Moderate heat is better. If you’re using wood or charcoal, let the flames burn down before putting your meat on the grill. And don’t use fuel or charcoal unless you particularly enjoy the taste of lighter fluid. Air it out Before braaing, […]

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The Secret to Juicy Chicken

The dilemma… My chicken isn’t juicy SOLUTION: A foil-wrapped brick (no, really!) Perfectly moist chicken with crisp skin is the holy grail of braaiing. But all too often, the bird’s uneven distribution of meat and bones means it ends up either underdone or overcharred. Key move: Rest a brick on chicken halves to flatten them […]

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Calamari with Orange and Lemon Zest Dressing

Bring an international flavour to your next braai Italy The protein According to Professor Faye M Dong of the University of Washington, calamari is an excellent source of copper, an essential dietary mineral that helps to form haemoglobin and collagen, and assists in reactions that lead to the release of energy by the body. The […]

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Butterflied BBQ Chicken

The boldest bird you’ll eat this braai day What you’ll need ¼ cup good quality salt ¼ cup (packed) dark-brown sugar ¼ cup paprika 3 tbsp freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tsp cayenne 1 tsp mustard powder ½ tsp celery leaves, finely chopped 1 whole chicken (1.5 to […]

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5 Rules for a Better Braai

Want to braai like a champion? Just follow these simple rules. RULE 1: Keep the Lean Cuts Juicy >A great marinade is a marvellous thing, but there’s an even simpler way to make sure your meat comes off the grill juicier, more tender, and seasoned all the way through: brining. Submerging your meat in water […]

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