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Braai Etiquette

Braai Etiquette

Do you know your braai etiquette? If not, now is the time to brush up on it. Braaiing is more than just a way to pass the time or cook a meal for South Africans. It is a way to socialize, celebrate and show off braai skills.

Follow these simple do’s & don’t and you can rest assured you will be invited to the next braai.

DO’S
•Do braai on charcoal or wood.
•Do ask your host what you should bring. Even if they tell you not to bring anything, take a little something like a piece of biltong, a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates for the host.
•Do bring what your host asks you to bring. They may have worked out a menu and you following directions makes everything much easier.
•Buy good quality meat and enough to share.
•Do keep the Braai Master company.
•Do agree with the Braai Master’s method of turning the chops.
•Do compliment the Braai Master on the marinade.
•Do bring extra drink’s regardless if alcoholic or not.
•Do ask the Braai Master how his drink is doing and replace when needed.
•Do offer to help set and clear the table.

DON’TS
•Don’t use gel or paraffin to light the fire. Real braais start with a match and kindling or firelighters.
•Don’t give the Braai Master cooking advice of any kind.
•Don’t arrive with a fish.
•Don’t bring your own tongs to a braai.
•Don’t ask for the marinade recipe. It’s almost always a secret.
•Only eat the salad. Braai Masters take offense to this.
•Don’t be in a rush. A braai is more than just a meal – it’s a social event.
•Don’t complain about the music
•Don’t bring additional people unless cleared by the braai master

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