Savvy shopper 5 OF THE BEST BRAAIS

With National Braai Day around the corner, do you need any more convincing to invite friends around for one of South Africa’s favourite pastimes? We’ve chosen five of our favourite braais to get you started

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1. THE HOUSEHOLD FAVE Weber 57cm MasterTouch Charcoal Grill, R3 999; weber.co.za

With the MasterTouch, Weber have taken its classic kettle model and given it a few tweaks, – like the removable Gourmet BBQ System grate, which lets you attach accessories like a wok or pizza stone. And, true to Weber form, the built-in lid temperature gauge takes the guesswork out of when you should throw on the chops.

2. THE NO-FUSS COOKER CADAC Kettle Chef, R3 299; makro.co.za

Skip the process of stacking charcoal, lighting it and waiting for the braai to heat up with this hassle-free gas cooker. Just the switch and you’re ready to go. Say goodbye to scrubbing off charred meat, too – with the non-stick aluminium grid and removable fat pan you’ll hardly break a sweat when it’s time to clean. No more tripping over a clunky lid, either, as the dome clips onto the back of the braai.

3. THE CHEF’S CHOICE

Ketla Gas Braai, R2 299; makro.co.za Braai master and local TV chef Justin Bonello has given this must-have patio gadget his stamp of approval. Traditionalists will say you can’t get the same great smoky taste that but Ketla’s nifty smoke box has got chips and you’ll have a winning meal. There are also two air vents and gas rings that allow for precise heat control – you’ll go from braai novice to master in no time!

4. THE ODD BALL KamadoJAN (large), R16 500; kamadojan.co.za

It might look like it’s been left here by beings from another planet, but don’t judge this cooker by its cover. Based on a Japanese stove called the kamado, this charcoal-powered braai has a thick ceramic dome that locks in the heat, allowing food to cook more evenly without drying it out. The KamadoJAN’s multipurpose grill also lets you cook food at different levels, so some veggies.

5. THE HAPPY CAMPER Cobb Premier Cooking System, R1 999; yuppiechef.co.za

You don’t need to be a braai master to operate the easy-to-use Cobb. You can use briquettes, or light up a Cobble Stone (R189 for six, from yuppiechef.co.za) minutes to warm up. Since this compact cooker is almost smokeless while the meat is simmering away, it’s perfect for homes with small balconies and patios.

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