Braai slang and Etiquette

Since 19… Well, forever actually!

Being a Braaimaster is not just about cooking the meat perfectly but also about knowing what to say and having the right braai-etiquette! Read on dudes and dudettes! 

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Braai slang

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Braaing this weekend?

Right, let’s get you familiar with some [South African] braai slang so you fit the part of Host and Braaimaster!

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Braai etiquette

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Some of the Do's and Do Not's for your next braai

There is such a thing as “braai etiquette” and we want to show you what we mean!

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Braai slang

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Braai [br-eye] is a widely used noun and verb for an outdoor ‘barbecue’ where meat is cooked over a fire or coals. Eg. ‘We’re having a braai tomorrow.’ 

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Eish [aysh] is a colloquial exclamation of surprise, disapproval, exasperation or regret derived from Xhosa. Eg. ‘Eish, you burnt the wors’.

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Is it?

Is it? [izzit] is an expression frequently used in conversation meaning ‘Is that so?’ or ‘Really?’. Eg. “The Sharks won this weekend.” Your reply: “Izzit?”

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Braai etiquette

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Braaimaster responsibilities

The Braai Master must light the fire.

The Braai Master must decide the all important Meat Sequence.

The Braai Master is charge of the Turning of the Meat.

The Braai Master must maintain good Coal Management.

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Meat Sequence

As easy as 1,2,3,4,5

1. Chicken 2. Wors 3. Chops 4. Steak 5. Braaibroodtjies

The Braaimaster may decide his own Meat Sequence, but then he cannot blame us for poor results. Adventurous Braaiers have tried a 3,1,2,5,4 combo or even a 2,3,1,4,5 combo. But never ever try the 4,3,5,2,1 combo.

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Spectator Etiquette

Never let your Braaimaster stand in the smoke.

If there is not enough space and someone must stand in the smoke, then it must fall on the last guy to join the braai.

A Spectator must respect the Braaimaster’s abilities and keep his opinions about the braai to himself.

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About us

The heart of your braai for more than 40 years

Fire brands for the "just now" braai and the "now now" braai

Just as the term “braai” is unique to South Africa, so too are the expressions “now now” and “just now”. Confusing as they may be to those unfamiliar with the South African lingo, we understand them perfectly. As such, we’ve designed our products for the braai masters who time their braais to perfection.


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Flippin' delicious recipes

From some of the more traditioanl South African braai recipes to dishes that are a little more suited for a braai with your boss, check out these flippin' delicioius recipes on our Facebook Page here.

Our products

Our products include Charka Briketts, Charka Instabriks, Braaimeester Lump Charcoal, Braaimeester Instant Lighting Lump Charcoal and Charka Quick Flame Firelighters. To meet the true braai masters’ very specific needs, Charka Briketts are available in 5kg, 4kg, 3kg and 2kg packs, Braaimeester Lump Charcoal is available in 5kg packs, and Braaimeester Instant Lighting Lump Charcoal is available in 2 x 2kg packs. View our products here.

Braai slang, bru

"Boet, I'm lus for a tjop and a braaibroodjie"

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