50 Delicious Braai Ideas to Try This Summer

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50 Delicious Braai Ideas to Try This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to gather with friends and family for a braai. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a newcomer to the art of the braai, there’s something delicious and exciting for everyone to try. From classic meats to seafood and vegetarian options, here are 50 delicious braai ideas to try this summer.
The Art of the Perfect Braai
South Africans love a good braai, and for many, it's a way of life. A braai is more than just a meal, it's a social event where friends and family gather around the fire to enjoy good food and good company. But what makes the perfect braai? Let's take a closer look.
Before we dive into the recipes, let's look at the basics of the perfect braai. First, you need the right equipment. A good quality grill that can handle high heat is essential. Whether you prefer a gas or charcoal grill is up to you, but make sure you have enough fuel before lighting it up. There's nothing worse than running out of gas or charcoal halfway through cooking.
Next, choose the right meat for the occasion. While classic cuts like steak and chops are always a hit, don't be afraid to experiment with different meats and marinades for a unique flavor. Consider lamb chops, boerewors, chicken kebabs, or even fish. The possibilities are endless.
And lastly, don't forget about the sides. A well-prepared salad or a baked potato can really make the meal complete. Consider serving a variety of sides to cater to different tastes, such as garlic bread, coleslaw, or grilled vegetables.
Essential Braai Equipment and Tools
Having good braai equipment is essential to making the perfect meal. Make sure you have the following:
A good quality grill: Choose a grill that is sturdy and can handle high heat. A cast-iron grill is a great option.
Tongs and spatula: Invest in a good quality set of tongs and a spatula for flipping and turning the meat.
Clean, oiled grates: Make sure your grill grates are clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking.
Meat thermometer: A meat thermometer is essential for ensuring that your meat is cooked to perfection.
Basting brush: Use a basting brush to apply marinade or sauce to your meat.
Charcoal and lighter fluid: If you're using a charcoal grill, make sure you have enough charcoal and lighter fluid to get the fire going.

Tips for Braai Success
Here are some useful tips to ensure the perfect braai:
Light the coals at least an hour before you want to start cooking. This will give them enough time to heat up and turn white.
Let the heat get up to the desired temperature before adding the meat. This will ensure that the meat cooks evenly and doesn't stick to the grill.
Don't overcrowd the grill. Leave some space for the heat to circulate around the food. This will prevent the meat from steaming and ensure that it gets a nice sear.
If you're using a marinade, make sure the meat is well coated but not dripping. Too much marinade can cause flare-ups and make the meat burn.
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat, and don't overcook it. Overcooked meat can be tough and dry.

By following these tips and using the right equipment, you'll be well on your way to mastering the art of the perfect braai. So gather your friends and family, fire up the grill, and enjoy a delicious meal together.
Mouthwatering Meat Dishes
We all love a good braai, especially when there's delicious meat involved. The smell of meat cooking over the coals is enough to make anyone's mouth water. Whether it's a lazy Sunday afternoon or a festive occasion, a braai is the perfect way to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Here are some mouthwatering meat recipes to try at your next braai.
Classic Braai Meats with a Twist
We all know the classic meats that are perfect for braaiing - beef, lamb, pork, and chicken. But let's put a twist on them and take them to the next level. How about trying some of these delicious recipes:
Braaied lamb chops with mint and honey glaze - The sweetness of honey combined with the freshness of mint takes these lamb chops to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Beef kebabs with a spicy peri-peri marinade - If you love a bit of heat, then these beef kebabs are for you. The peri-peri marinade adds a fiery kick to the tender beef.
Pork belly slices with sweet BBQ sauce - Pork belly is a braai favorite, and when it's cooked to perfection and coated in a sweet BBQ sauce, it's hard to resist.
Chicken skewers with lemon and herb marinade - These chicken skewers are marinated in a zesty lemon and herb marinade, making them juicy and full of flavor.

Marinated Meats for Maximum Flavor
Marinating your meat is a great way to add extra flavor and tenderness. Here are some delicious marinated meat recipes to try:
Soy and ginger marinated steak strips - The soy and ginger marinade gives these steak strips an Asian-inspired flavor that's sure to impress.
Honey and mustard marinade for chicken thighs - This sweet and tangy marinade is perfect for chicken thighs, and it's so easy to make.
Balsamic and rosemary-marinated lamb chops - The combination of balsamic vinegar and rosemary creates a delicious marinade for lamb chops that's both sweet and savory.
Teriyaki marinade for pork chops - This classic Japanese marinade is perfect for pork chops, giving them a sweet and salty flavor that's irresistible.

Slow-Cooked Braai Delights
If you're looking to slow things down and enjoy the braai experience, here are some slow-cooked meats to try:
Pulled pork slow-cooked over charcoal - There's nothing quite like the taste of slow-cooked pulled pork. Cooked over charcoal, it's smoky, tender, and full of flavor.
Smoked brisket with a tangy BBQ sauce - Smoking brisket takes time and patience, but the end result is worth it. Serve it with a tangy BBQ sauce for the ultimate flavor combination.
Braised lamb shanks with red wine and herbs - Braised lamb shanks are a classic dish that never goes out of style. The addition of red wine and herbs takes them to the next level.
Beef short ribs slow-cooked with a dry rub seasoning - The key to perfectly cooked beef short ribs is low and slow cooking. A dry rub seasoning adds flavor and a bit of texture to the meat.

So, next time you're planning a braai, why not try one of these delicious meat recipes? Your taste buds will thank you.
Sensational Seafood Options
Seafood is a great option for a lighter braai. Here are some delicious seafood ideas to try:
Grilled Fish Favorites
If you're a fan of seafood, you know how delicious grilled fish can be. Here are some of our favorites:
Lemon and herb grilled salmon fillets
Marinated tuna steaks with sesame seeds
Grilled swordfish with herb butter
Snapper fillets with lime and garlic butter

Succulent Shellfish Selections
For a real treat, why not try some succulent shellfish on the braai?
Garlic and herb butter prawns
Mussels in a white wine and cream sauce
Grilled scallops with a lemon and herb dressing
Clams in a tomato and chorizo sauce

Seafood Skewers and Kebabs
For a fun and easy way to incorporate seafood into your braai, try making some seafood skewers:
Shrimp and vegetable skewers with garlic butter
Salmon and pineapple skewers with teriyaki sauce
Tuna and onion kebabs with a zesty dressing
Scallop and bacon skewers with BBQ glaze

Vibrant Vegetarian and Vegan Choices
Vegetarian and vegan options can be just as tasty and satisfying as their meaty counterparts. Here are some colorful and delicious choices to try for your next braai:
Grilled Veggie Skewers and Kebabs
Vegetable skewers are an easy and tasty way to incorporate some colorful veggies into your braai:
Peppers, onions, and mushrooms with a balsamic glaze
Zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes with a herb marinade
Corn on the cob with garlic butter
Potato and rosemary skewers with a garlic aioli

Stuffed Vegetables on the Braai
Stuffed vegetables are a great way to add some protein to your vegetarian or vegan meal:
Grilled portobello mushrooms stuffed with feta and herbs
Bell peppers stuffed with cooked rice and beans
Grilled eggplants stuffed with quinoa and nuts
Sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans and salsa

Plant-Based Protein Alternatives
If you're looking for some plant-based protein alternatives, here are some great options:
Grilled tofu with a sweet and sour glaze
Seitan sausages with onions and peppers
Veggie burgers with all the trimmings
Grilled tempeh kebabs with a peanut sauce

In Conclusion
There you have it – 50 delicious braai ideas to try this summer. Whether you’re a meat lover, seafood aficionado, or plant-based eater, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So gather your friends and family, fire up the grill, and enjoy some mouthwatering food in the summer sun.

Nelson Hillered
Nelson Hillered

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