Traditional Braai / Barbecue
Only R160 Per Person
Lamb chop, Fillet Steak, Chicken & Boerewors
Garlic Loaves + Bread Rolls
Hot Side Option of your choice
Two Salads of your choice
Cutlery, crockery, Serving tables, linen, warmers
Servirttes, toothpicks and all catering equipment
South African weather and history have a profound influence on the braai (barbecue) culture of the country. The British captured the Cape from the Dutch in 1795 because it was the French Revolution and Brits wanted to protect their trade routes to and from India, China and Australia and get hold of some of the gold that the Dutch had already discovered. Shortly after that, around 1835, 14,000 Voortrekker pioneers left the Cape because of British government policies. Most of the policies were influenced by Glenelg’s inappropriate, badly researched, ridiculous views on the subject.
They built wagons, packed up wives and families and tackled the mountains to the North in much the same way as the American pioneers did, also in search of land. Be that as it may, it was the beginning of hard times and adaptation for them. Some of them literally walked over the mountains – many of the women barefooted because there was no way that they could cross the rocky ridges in leather soled shoes and there was no other way to do it. Right at the top of the really steep mountains, the wagons were disassembled and carried over!
The tracks of the wagons in the rocks can be seen to this day. Luckily there weren’t too many of those. An ox-wagon could only hold so much. There was space for the Voortrekker and his wife up front, a wakis (a wagon chest) immediately behind him and provision was made for the family to sit and sleep in the back. In the wakis they packed ammunition for the sannas (the rifles), basic provisions, biltong, dried rusks, a massive family Bible and so on. On the outside of the wagon was hook for a cast iron pot called a potjie.
The tradition of the braai originated right here. The Voortrekkers had to shoot game, slaughter and braai it over hot coals along the way or make a potjie with what there was. As they came into contact with the local tribesmen they were taught to use maize, an African staple (probably introduced by the Portuguese), that has been part of the braai culture ever since. There are many ways to make a braai fire and fancy modern equipment is usually used today, but a real braai fire is made from wood mounted on rocks on the ground and there are those traditionalists that still stick to this come hell or high water.
Hot coals from wood are the best because of the smoky flavour it gives to the meat. The braai is a vital part of South African life, it cuts across all cultures and is loved by everyone. So important is the braai that South Africa has an annual braai day, which is a public holiday and celebrated on Heritage Day on the 24th of September every single year. Women love National Braai Day in South Africa because the men cook the meat – women do not braai and they certainly never complain about it. South African men have an affinity with fire and it seems that the species are prone to gathering around one as often as possible.