Even though we all have that one uncle who claims to have invented the braai tradition; it goes further back than we think. The first beings to catch and control fire where the original South African settlers that inhabited Gauteng’s Cradle of Humankind. They started cooking up a storm 1000’s of years ago.
Some scientist believes that cave dwellers dropped their meat into the fire by accident for the first time, removed it later and ate it only to realise that it tasted much better than the raw meat they ate up to that point. We will probably never know if this statement is factually accurate or a made-up story, but one thing is for sure; Men started dropping meat onto the fire regularly. You might wonder how this cooking method evolved from a primary survival method into South Africa’s most famous tradition.