South African BBQ: Cape Fox Cafe South African Braai
Friends and family gathering around a grill for a casual cookout is so popular in South Africa, they have a special word for it… Braai. Embrace the casual, friendly gathering around lots of grilled meats by throwing your own South African BBQ in your backyard.
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Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe the key to a fantastic cookout or barbecue is to have food choices that go well together and flavors that compliment each other. And what better way to ensure your cookout is a success than to use well-known, time-tested flavor profiles.
For our purposes, a “flavor profile” is the immediately identifiable combination of flavors that define a specific cuisine. It is how different regional ingredients are put together to create a unique and memorable dining experience.
For example, the idea of “Mexican food” conjures different food images and produces the anticipation of different flavors than if I say “Asian food” or “Cajun food”.
Ideally, creating the perfect cookout menu should be as simple as possible. To simplify the process, we create fictitious restaurants with flavor profiles famous the world over. As a result, each restaurant has a collection of recipes and food choices that makes creating the perfect cookout menu a snap.
Just put together a menu from the same flavor profile “restaurant”, and you are sure to have a memorable cookout or backyard BBQ that keeps your friends and family talking for weeks to come.
When you want to throw a South African BBQ party, just head to the Cafe Fox Cafe South African Braai flavor profile. There you will find a collection of recipes chosen to bring the flavors of South African BBQ to your neighborhood.
Flavor Profile: Curry, fruit chutney, spicy peri peri sauce, monkey gland sauce (no, there are no glands in the sauce) and apricots.
Inspiration: South African food is influenced by Asian, African and Dutch cultures. This provides for some very interesting and delicious flavor combinations. Cookouts, known as Braai, are very popular, casual gatherings around lots of meat on the grill and fruit spiked sauces.
Think finishing a safari and gathering around the fire for some grilled meats with chutney and other fruited sauces served with well known side dishes with distinctive ingredients.
My take: Grilled beef, pork and chicken with fruity glazes and sauces plus classic barbecue side dishes with distinctive South African twists.
Maybe you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing for your South African BBQ party.
Here is a pretty comical video about South African Braai Etiquette made by men, for men. This will give you a good feeling for the casual style of the South African BBQ.
After the last video you might think the South African Braai is only for men. So, in the interest of fairness, here is a video of a South African BBQ, female style.
When I went to YouTube to look for “South African Braai Music”, I was amazed at just how many Braai playlists there were. And you know people are taking their cookouts seriously when they have songs dedicated to Braai.
Here is a video called National Braai Day Anthem...
OK, now that you are inspired, let’s talk about creating a flavorful South African BBQ menu.
We all have our favorite cuts of meat, pork and chicken. And we believe everyone should be free to pick their favorites when throwing a backyard cookout for friends and family. Therefore, we provide cooking instructions for a wide variety of meats… perfect for the grill. (*Indoor cooking instructions also provided*)
|Beef: Rib Eye Steak, N.Y. Strip Steak, Hanger Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Flank Steak & Skirt Steak||Pork: Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops & Pork Ribs (Baby Back Ribs and Spare Ribs)||Chicken: Chicken Breast & Chicken Pieces (Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks)|
When you take your favorite cuts of beef, pork and chicken and add the flavors associated with South African food… get ready for a delicious meal.
Here is just ONE South African inspired menu you can put together using Lou M. Penn’s Recipes and the Cape Fox Cafe South African Braai flavor profile.
The main event...
Smoky Braai Rubbed & Grilled N.Y. Strip Steak served with Monkey Gland Sauce
Apricot Glazed Pork Spare Ribs
Peri Peri Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks
And on the side, your choice of…
South African Potato Salad, South African Yellow Rice and South African Coleslaw
By using the recipes found in the Cape Fox Cafe South African Braai flavor profile, you can create this South African BBQ menu AND MANY MANY MORE.
South African BBQ Recipes
Included in the Cape Fox Cafe South African Braai Hut flavor profile you get all the recipes you need to create a South African inspired BBQ party…
- 4 South African inspired spice mix recipes
- 4 South African inspired brine and marinade recipes
- 1 South African inspired BBQ sauce recipe
- 4 South African inspired condiment recipes
- 3 South African inspired side dish recipes
Variety is the spice of life...
Varying the cuts of beef, pork and chicken and changing the combination of spice mixes, marinades, sauces and sides, you can create an endless amount of South African BBQ menus that will keep your guests happy and clamoring for more.
Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe planning and preparation go a long way to throwing a backyard cookout that is both delicious and seemingly effortless to prepare.
This is why we have developed a step-by-step plan that leaves nothing to chance. To clarify, go through this slideshow to see how to plan the perfect South African party.
We give you everything you need to plan your party, plan your menu and finalize your cookout plan. As a result, your backyard cookout is both crowd-pleasing and comes off without a hitch.
Just follow the step-by-step plan for a South African BBQ:
- Choose the Cape Fox Cafe South African Braai flavor profile
- Print and fill in the Cookout Party Planner
- Go over Sample Menus to get inspired
- Check out the recipes & print and fill in Menu Planners
- Use the Blank Recipe Template to add any family favorites with the same flavor profile
- Print and fill in the Menu Brainstormer with all the recipes you’ll need
- Create your Recipe Binder to put the recipes at your fingertips
- Print and fill in the Grocery List
- Print and fill in the Cookout Schedule so you know what to do and when to do it
- ENJOY your cookout and impress your friends and family