It’s a process with strict rules
A braai revolves around the fire, and the food. The food is cooked on (as the name of the gathering would suggest) a braai, which is basically a grill. But you won’t find gas on this grill! In fact, better not mention the word gas or you will get looked at like you just passed some! A major difference between the two types of Cooking is that South African’s use wood or briquettes (charcoal) when they braai. At most braais, there’s only one “braaier”, normally the host, who regards himself as the Braaimaster! Backseat braaing is seriously frowned upon. Each braaier has certain methods and gadgets that they always use, and not allowing anyone to tell them otherwise may be an unspoken rule.
South Africans can braai anything, anywhere!
South Africans love good food, and we’re great at preparing and cooking it. Grilling options can include boerewors (“farmer’s sausage”), steak, chicken, lamb, pork and often game meat as well as sides that include anything from baked potato, mielies and gem squash (Salted & buttered in Foil) to stunning fish. We even braai chickens on top of beer cans!
Braais are made in the yard, on a balcony, on the beach, at a rugby/cricket match, in parking lots, on the street and in the bush, to name few!