The ultimate Braai Day recipe guide

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National Braai Day (24 September) is just around the corner. As always, having great braai recipes on the menu for the big event is a must, especially if you’re planning to take top honours in your home as ‘The Braai Master’. This year we’ve rounded up some of our favourite braai recipes from top chefs and cooking celebrities around the country, including Jan Braai, Justin Bonello, Jane Anne Hobbs Rainer, Ryk Neethling, Bryan Habana (sort of), the Cape Wine Braai Masters, Sarah Duff, Kati Auld and even our very own Getaway magazine editor, Cameron Ewart-Smith.

Grilling up a storm on the big day (or any other day of summer when there’s nothing better than having a braai) is just a few clicks away with these top recipes for National Braai Day.
 

Starters and salads for the braai

 

 

Jan Braai’s chicken caesar salad

You can serve this classic salad as a main meal, but the great thing about it is you can eat a salad while still having a braai.

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Braaied Caesar salad
 

Kati Auld’s best damn potato salad

Everyone’s got their favourite twist on a potato salad recipe: some folks are passionate about the inclusion of hard-boiled eggs, while others say that the key is roasting the potatoes, not boiling them. This recipe’s secret weapon is nutty, buttery, roasted garlic, and it’s a life-changing addition.

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Kati Auld's best damn potato salad, National Braai DayKati Auld's best damn potato salad, National Braai Day

 

Jan Braai’s traditional umngqusho

In the spirit of nation building and unity, Jan Braai suggests you serve braaied meat with umngqusho, a traditional Xhosa dish made with samp and beans and one of Nelson Mandela’s favourites.

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Jan Braai's traditional umngqusho braai recipe, National Braai DayJan Braai's traditional umngqusho braai recipe, National Braai Day

 

Justin Bonello’s ultimate braai salad

Who said you can’t braai a salad? Challenge accepted.

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Jan Braai’s perfect braaibroodjies

The braaibroodjie (braaied toasted sandwich) is arguably the highlight of any braaing experience. In fact, Jan Braai reckons many South Africans braai meat simply as an excuse to also have braaibroodjies. Either way, here’s the recipe for delicious, cheesy, braaibroodjies, the Jan Braai way.

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Jan Braai's recipe for perfect braaibrootjies, National Braai DayJan Braai's recipe for perfect braaibrootjies, National Braai Day
 

Burger braai recipes

 

 

Jan Braai’s ostrich burger on the braai

Ostrich meat is a great, healthy alternative to beef. According to Jan Braai, scientists are even touting it as the answer to eternal youth. Whehter you believe that or not, you better believe that these sumptuous grilled burger patties will take your braai to the sky with a bird that can’t fly.

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Jan Braai's ostrich burger on the braai, National Braai DayJan Braai's ostrich burger on the braai, National Braai Day
 

Boerewors braai recipes

 

 

Jane Anne Hobbs Rainer’s chakalaka soup with boerewors balls

Technically this isn’t a braai recipe. But Jane Anne’s upside-down, inside-out version of a much-loved traditional dish featuring South Africa’s favourite: boerewors, is too good too leave out. And hey, if you can figure out a way to make the boerewors balls on the braai, then you deserve another beer. Go on …

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Jan Braai and Ryk Neethling’s super-deluxe boerewors rolls

Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling summoned Jan Braai beyond his comfort zone in Cape Town to the other side of what locals call the boerewors curtain (akin to driving through Gauteng’s Boksburg/ Benoni/Brakpan triangle). Despite the treacherous terrain, the two came up with the combo for these super-deluxe boerewors rolls.

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Jan Braai and Ryk Neethling's super-deluxe boerewors rolls, National Braai DayJan Braai and Ryk Neethling's super-deluxe boerewors rolls, National Braai Day
 

Beef / steak braai recipes

 

 

Justin Bonello’s tomato bruschetta with brandy flambéed ostrich steak on a spade

Yeah, you read that right. Forget the grill and dig out that old spade because things are about to get interesting.

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Justin Bonello's tomato bruschetta with brandy flambéd ostrich steak on a spade, National Braai DayJustin Bonello's tomato bruschetta with brandy flambéd ostrich steak on a spade, National Braai Day

 

 

Jan Braai’s braaied rump steak with garlic butter

This recipe works especially well when you are doing a braai for numerous people with a variety of meats. Steak is a very unique animal and needs to be braaied on extremely hot coals, searing the outside, but keeping the inside medium rare and juicy.

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Jan Braai's braaied rump steak with garlic butter, National Braai DayJan Braai's braaied rump steak with garlic butter, National Braai Day
 

Lamb braai recipes

 

 

Cape Wine Master’s lamb sosaties

The Cape Wine Braai Masters know how to braai. Try this authentic South African favourite, lamb sosaties, this National Braai Day.

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Jan Braai’s lamb curry sosaties

This is a typical South African dish, so be sure to include it on the menu when you have foreign guests you want to impress.

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Lamb sosaties on the braai recipe
 

Cameron Ewart-Smith’s butterflied leg of lamb

Getaway magazine editor Cameron Ewart-Smith shares his secret for perfect butterflied leg of lamb on the braai, every time.

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Cameron Ewart-Smith's butterflied leg of lamb recipe, National Braai DayCameron Ewart-Smith's butterflied leg of lamb recipe, National Braai Day
 

Chicken and turkey braai recipes

 

 

Jan Braai’s garlic and peri-peri chicken drumsticks

Simplicity is key when it comes drumsticks. This peri-peri and garlic chicken drumstick recipe doesn’t mess around with all the frills and gerts straight down to the heart of cooking a drumstick, perfectly.

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Jan Braai's peri-peri and garlic chicken sosatie recipe, National Braai DayJan Braai's peri-peri and garlic chicken sosatie recipe, National Braai Day
 

Daniela Bonoro’s beer in the bum chicken

This is one braai recipe that has to be shared. The technique used in this recipe is brilliant as it guarantees tender, juicy, succulent chicken every time. Plus, it’s rather fun to look at.

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Daniela Bonoro's beer in the bum chicken recipe, National Braai DayDaniela Bonoro's beer in the bum chicken recipe, National Braai Day
 

Sarah Duff’s chicken kebabs with spicy peanut satay sauce

Getaway’s ex food editor, Sarah Duff, shares this novel recipe on how to put the spice back into chicken kebabs, with peanuts.

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Sarah Duff's chicken kebabs with spicy peanut satay sauce recipe, National Braai DaySarah Duff's chicken kebabs with spicy peanut satay sauce recipe, National Braai Day
 

Cameron Ewart-Smith’s kettle braai turkey with cashew nut stuffing

Turkey doesn’t only have to be the reserve of Christmas. Give this lonely bird it’s time in the spotlight (or fire light) with this delicious kettle braai turkey with cashew nut stuffing recipe.

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Cameron Ewart-Smith's kettle braai turkey with cashew nut stuffing recipe, National Braai DayCameron Ewart-Smith's kettle braai turkey with cashew nut stuffing recipe, National Braai Day

 

 

Jan Braai’s chicken tikka masala on the braai

By definition, a tandoori oven is a cylindrical clay oven heated by a wood or charcoal fire. The food is exposed to flames as well as heat from the coals and is further flavoured by smoke from meat juices that drip onto the coals, very much like a braai. This chicken tikka masala is Jan Braai’s favourite – and it’s sure to be yours once you’ve tried this recipe, which features a spicy tomato sauce and four simple steps.

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Jan Braai's chicken tikka masala on the braai recipe, National Braai DayJan Braai's chicken tikka masala on the braai recipe, National Braai Day
 

Fish and seafood braai recipes

 

 

Justin Bonello’s strandloper crayfish

With just two ingredients this strandloper crayfish recipe is as old as the hills and tastes just brilliant.

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Justin Bonello's strandloper crayfish on the braai recipe, National Braai DayJustin Bonello's strandloper crayfish on the braai recipe, National Braai Day
 

Kati Auld’s easy snoek on the braai with chilli sauce

Some people will say that there’s only one way to braai a snoek: open, in a grid, with apricot jam. Kati Auld, however, has her own ideas, and they involve a dose of delicious.

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Justin Bonello’s grilled kuta rubbed with cashew nut paste

This recipe is a delicious twist on a South African seafood favourite, and it’s all about that cashew nut paste.

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Justin Bonello's grilled kuta rubbed with cashew paste recipe, National Braai DayJustin Bonello's grilled kuta rubbed with cashew paste recipe, National Braai Day
 

Justin Bonello’s hobo fish wrapped in newspaper

How about getting your hobo on this National Braai Day? It doesn’t get more basic than this. This is exactly the same as fish wrapped in banana leaves, with one major difference: instead of banana leaves, we’re going to use newspaper. Seriously …

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Justin Bonello's hobo fish wrapped in newspaper recipe, National Braai DayJustin Bonello's hobo fish wrapped in newspaper recipe, National Braai Day
 

Pork braai recipes

 

 

Kati Auld’s sticky sweet and sour pork chops

This super-easy marinade guarantees tender, tasty pork chops, complete with the yummy sticky caramelised bits that everyone loves. Try it with this roasted garlic potato salad and you won’t look back.

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Kati Auld's sticky sweet pork chops recipe, National Braai DayKati Auld's sticky sweet pork chops recipe, National Braai Day
 

Cape Wine Braai Masters stuffed pork neck roll with port sauce

Try this recipe the next time you braai and make the most of this authentic South African past time.

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Vegetarian braai recipes

 

 

Hilary Ford’s magic mushrooms on the braai

Hilary Ford gives us a tasty, simple and only slightly sinful recipe she found while spending a wonderful few days at Bushman’s. It is a great accompaniment to boerewors sausages or any braai.

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Hilary Ford's magic mushrooms on the braai recipe, National Braai DayHilary Ford's magic mushrooms on the braai recipe, National Braai Day
 

Sarah Duff’s vegetarian braai kebabs

For vegetarian braais, you may think there aren’t many options apart from stuffed mushrooms and butternuts in foil. Why not try these vegetarian sausage braai kebabs?

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Sarah Duff's vegetarian braai kebabs recipe, National Braai DaySarah Duff's vegetarian braai kebabs recipe, National Braai Day
 

Pasta braai recipes

 

 

Jan Braai’s puttanesca pasta in a potjie

Making potjie is fantastic. The process lasts for hours, the smells escaping from the classic three-legged pot are delicious and the sound of a simmering pot and crackling fire is like a live symphony. Which brings us to this recipe, an Italian classic and something you really should master, puttanesca pasta, in a potjie of course.

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Jan Braai's puttanesca pasta in a potjie recipe, National Braai DayJan Braai's puttanesca pasta in a potjie recipe, National Braai Day
 

Pudding braai recipes

 

 

Bryan Habana’s braaied banana and pineapple with ice cream and syrup

OK. Technically this isn’t a recipe by Bryan Habana but braaied banana and Bryan Habana sound so good together we reckon he’d love it. Jan Braai recommends you handle this recipe with care because whomever you serve it too will love you, even Bryan Habana himself.

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Bryan Habana's braaied banana and pineapple with ice cream recipe, National Braai DayBryan Habana's braaied banana and pineapple with ice cream recipe, National Braai Day
 

Jan Braai’s flambéed peaches on the braai

Here’s a dish that looks impressive but is really easy to preparing. We call it a win-win.

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Jan Braai's flambéed peaches on the braai recipe, National Braai DayJan Braai's flambéed peaches on the braai recipe, National Braai Day

 

 

Braai condiments

 
Apricot chutney

Mozambican super hot peri-peri sauce

Braai gadgets

 
From jars to woks to grids, our gear editor has put together a list of must-have braai gadgets for you to look cool next to your braai by the pool, or on the patio, or just hanging out in the middle of the garden with your mates
Also check out Jan Braai’s ultimate braai kit, and his top 10 braai tips for the big day.

Looking for that perfect braai spot? Here’s our pick of the best six braai spots in South Africa.



This article, The ultimate Braai Day recipe guide, was originally posted on the Getaway Blog by Tyson Jopson.


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