Everybody should know how to start the perfect braai fire. It’s one of those essential skills one shouldn’t be allowed to live without. Here’s what you need to know to as far as the basics go when getting your braai fire started:
Let in the air: If there is ash in the bottom of the grill, remove it. Your charcoal requires oxygen to burn so you don’t want any clogged vents.
Prepare your firelighters: depending on how you want to cook, your preparations will be different. For indirect cooking, for example, place the firelighters on either side of your grid; for direct; place them in the centre of the charcoal grid. Using lighter fluid is not recommended, as it may affect the flavour of your food.
Make a pyramid out of briquettes: on top of your firelighters build a pyramid out of briquettes. For indirect cooking, you will build up the briquettes on either side of your grid and for direct; the peak of your pyramid will be in the centre of the grid.
Once you’ve lit your firelighters, you may want to add more briquettes. Keep an eye on your briquettes to make sure they are taking. Once most the coals are covered with white ash go ahead and destroy your pyramid of fire by using your tongs to spread the coals to cover the surface of the grid evenly.
Place the cooking grid on top: this grid needs to warm up before you can start cooking your food, or your food will stick on it.
If you add new charcoal to your already lit braai fire it can give your food a funny taste. Instead, you should let the new charcoal burn separately, and then add it to your braai fire once it’s ready.
Now you should be ready to take on the world and start grilling up those fantastic cuts of meats and vegetables. Most of all though you just set yourself apart from those who don’t know where to even begin to cook with a braai fire.