While in South Africa (at Bongwe), we attended a few Braai (barbecues). They are a South African institution with its own etiquette that stretches across ethnic and class lines. Since Christmas is in their summer, their traditional Christmas dinner is a Braai! They are also have them regularly as get-togethers, weekend dinners, the preferred means of celebrating South African Heritage Day, Braai Day and for visitors like us.
You can use almost any kind of meat. Locals do it as a sort of potluck with BYOM (bring your own meat). The meats are a bit more exotic than you find at a typical US barbecue. Common ones include: lamb, steak, chicken, ostrich, gemsbock, springbock and ducks!
This twist, using Coca-Cola, on Beer Can Chicken may look familiar to many Americans. Other popular Braai dishes include:
- Biltong, a salty, dried meat similar to jerky
- Droewars, a dried sausage eaten on the Great Trek
- Potbrod, bread baked over coals. It’s kind of like a biscuit, but less sweet and toasted. It’s delicious.
- Melktert, a milk based dessert, not too different from cheesecake
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