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
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.
Braaied Caesar 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.
Kati Auld's best damn potato salad, National Braai Day
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.
Jan Braai's traditional umngqusho braai recipe, National Braai Day
Who said you can’t braai a salad? Challenge accepted.
Justin Bonello's ultimate braai salad, National Braai Day
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.
Jan Braai's recipe for perfect braaibrootjies, National Braai Day
Burger braai recipes
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.
Jan Braai's ostrich burger on the braai, National Braai Day
Boerewors braai recipes
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 …
Jane Anne Hobbs Rayner's chakalaka soup with boerewors balls recipe, National Braai D …
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.
Jan Braai and Ryk Neethling's super-deluxe boerewors rolls, National Braai Day
Beef / steak braai recipes
Yeah, you read that right. Forget the grill and dig out that old spade because things are about to get interesting.
Justin Bonello's tomato bruschetta with brandy flambéd ostrich steak on a spade, National Braai Day
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.
Jan Braai's braaied rump steak with garlic butter, National Braai Day
Lamb braai recipes
The Cape Wine Braai Masters know how to braai. Try this authentic South African favourite, lamb sosaties, this National Braai Day.
Cape Wine Braai Master's lamb sosaties recipe, National Braai Day
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.
Lamb sosaties on the braai recipe
Getaway magazine editor Cameron Ewart-Smith shares his secret for perfect butterflied leg of lamb on the braai, every time.
Cameron Ewart-Smith's butterflied leg of lamb recipe, National Braai Day
Chicken and turkey braai recipes
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.
Jan Braai's peri-peri and garlic chicken sosatie recipe, National Braai Day
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.
Daniela Bonoro's beer in the bum chicken recipe, National Braai Day
Getaway’s ex food editor, Sarah Duff, shares this novel recipe on how to put the spice back into chicken kebabs, with peanuts.
Sarah Duff's chicken kebabs with spicy peanut satay sauce recipe, National Braai Day
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.
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.
Jan Braai's chicken tikka masala on the braai recipe, National Braai Day
Fish and seafood braai recipes
With just two ingredients this strandloper crayfish recipe is as old as the hills and tastes just brilliant.
Justin Bonello's strandloper crayfish on the braai recipe, National Braai Day
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.
Kati Auld's snoek on the braai recipe with chilli sauce, National Braai Day
This recipe is a delicious twist on a South African seafood favourite, and it’s all about that cashew nut paste.
Justin Bonello's grilled kuta rubbed with cashew paste recipe, National Braai Day
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 …
Justin Bonello's hobo fish wrapped in newspaper recipe, National Braai Day
Pork braai recipes
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.
Kati Auld's sticky sweet pork chops recipe, National Braai Day
Try this recipe the next time you braai and make the most of this authentic South African past time.
Cape Wine Braai Masters stuffed pork neck roll with port sauce recipe, National Braai Day
Vegetarian braai recipes
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.
Hilary Ford's magic mushrooms on the braai recipe, National Braai Day
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?
Sarah Duff's vegetarian braai kebabs recipe, National Braai Day
Pasta braai recipes
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.
Jan Braai's puttanesca pasta in a potjie recipe, National Braai Day
Pudding braai recipes
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.
Bryan Habana's braaied banana and pineapple with ice cream recipe, National Braai Day
Here’s a dish that looks impressive but is really easy to preparing. We call it a win-win.
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.