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Articles: The South African Braaier

Written by Martin Hubbard
September 2012

A wood/brickett burning braai fullfills a whole range of cravings for men. Satisfaction, excitement, adrenalin rush, fullfillment, relaxation, pleasure, assertiveness, masculinity, creativity, independance, which a gas braai cannot give. The gas braai is too clinical and should stay in the kitchen and be dealt with by the cook. A braaier is not a cook! He does not necessarily write books on the subject and is not seen on television. A braaier often has to handle a variety of meats and an assortment of edible extras all on the same fire. He is expected to produce a perfectly cooked range of culinary delights with no training other than having watched his father or other champions. Whilst braaing, as host, he is usually expected to serve drinks, refill glasses and generally to entertain guests and family. He also needs to have a general knowlege of cricket, rugby, politics and a wide range of subjects to keep the general conversations flowing.

He is, and prefers to be, one of South Africa's unsung heros.

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