South African Braaivleis

February 18, 2008 · 4 comments

Andrew recently wrote about his transition from “Mr. Meat” to a vegetarian, which has netted him great weight loss success. In his post he refers to South African boerewors rolls as the Food of the Gods, and I have a hard time arguing with him (despite a pretty unappetizing picture!) because I lived in SA for 3 years and ingested many a boerewors. And steak, and lamb, and all sorts of wild game - pretty much anything that could be tossed over an open flame.

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve going to a farm and spending the day preparing the wood fire in the braaivleis pit, standing over the burning meat, flames and smoke, and gorging on pounds of wonderful, succulent sausages, steaks and chops.

I remember seeing braais created out of old wheel rims, with bed springs used for the grill. Old, rusted 55 gallon drums were popular, as were concrete blocks.

I love this video on braaivleis etiquette, but I can’t get over how modern and American the setting looks what with the Weber grill and charcoal briquettes. I guess my memories of the good old days will have to suffice. Maybe they still do it the old fashioned way in the country.

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AndrewE February 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm

We used to have the old sawn in half 55 gallon drum as a bbq pit.

We’d fill it up with wood and then cook up a huge amount of meat. We’d usually have a big circle of sausage and then either some steak, chops or a fish. A whole bunch of potatoes would normally be chucked in with the coals as well. And it was goooood.

Those were great family times. I’ve moved to New Zealand from South Africa since then but you can still do all this in New Zealand as we have so many ex South Africans here so you can still buy all the South African favourites. ;)

esvl February 19, 2008 at 8:25 am

Yep we South Africans like to munch up those red meat. Dont forget about the biltong :)

JoLynn Braley February 19, 2008 at 8:29 pm

They did a good job with the video, it was pretty funny!

Gerri February 26, 2008 at 3:39 am

Esvl, you are right. Africans (be it South African, Zimbabwean and so on) really like their meat!! All the ones I come across here in New Zealand still have that craving even though they have lived away from Africa for a number of years.
Having South African stores where you can buy food stuffs from Africa is good.

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