We are already half way through the Rugby World Cup. There has been blood, there has been sweat, there has been tears. There is still a lot of braaing to do so let’s make sure you do it right with our top tips for hosting the world’s best rugby braai!
You will need drink. Lots of drink! Rules state that mates may only complain about the temperature of your drink, but never the style or brand. So use this as an opportunity to raise the bar, literally.
Timing is everything! Repeat after us:
- Get all drinks in the fridge early.
- Make sure the snacks are ready and waiting before kick-off.
- Build and prep the braai-fire built before the game, light it at half time and it will be ready to cook straight after the game.
- Get the food ready, spiced, marinated and in the braai-bak.
Nothing is worse than keeping your guests waiting while you’re busy in the kitchen getting things ready.
These days, the ladies watch rugby nearly as much as the guys. So, get a bit creative with the snack ideas. Think chicken and pine mini-kebabs, lamb burger sliders, braaied chilli-poppers, and chilli and bacon bombs. Never forget the biltong. Toss a few healthy options on the menu and score a few extra points of your own.
Good tunes and great conversation make for an awesome pairing. The right playlist can make or break even the most epic braai. Get your mates to bring along some of their favourite tracks. Think Johnny Clegg, Springbok Nude Girls, and win or lose, have Toto Africa and Bright Blue Weeping lined up just in case.
Think about what you want to cook, and plan your cooking times accordingly so you don’t get slammed at the end. A good balance of low and slow, versus scorching over hot coals is a winner and will guarantee you won’t be slaving away while the winning drop-goal soars through the uprights.
Grab anything soft and fluffy. Make a pile, add to the stash a few pairs of rolled socks, and get ready to toss them at the TV to distract opposition kickers. We swear this works.