Braai etiquette? Yes, there are do's and don'ts for that as well

South Africans love to braai. And braai season has officially started as the year draws to a close with many more gatherings under the sun.

While we are a country of diverse people from different walks to life, braai etiquette does exist to keep everyone on the same page.

Founder of iCookART, Mpho Ntholeng, spoke to 702's Azania Mosaka to share the unwritten rules that govern the distinctly local tradition.

It's something that people take for granted because it's such a social thing. We tend to forget some of the etiquette that comes along being at a social event such as a braai.

Mpho Ntholeng, founder of iCookART

Here is a list of do's at a braai:

  • Ask your host what you should bring
  • Buy good quality meat and enough to share (if it's a bring and braai)
  • Keep the braai master company
  • Ask the braai master how his drink is and offer to refill frequently
  • Offer to help set and clear the table

Don't be overzealous with alcohol on meat because that also impacts on the taste. If you are going to do that then use it as part of your marinade instead of sprinkling beer on the meat.

Mpho Ntholeng, founder of iCookART

...And don'ts:

  • Ask for the marinade recipe, it's almost always a secret
  • Complain about the music
  • Give the braai master cooking advice of any kind
  • Bring additional people unless approved by the braai master

Listen to the full interview below:

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