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Mixing Your Own Braai Seasoning

Is there anything more quintessentially south african than the braai? wherever you're from, it's the one thing that all south africans can agree on - if it's summer time, it's braai time.Rugby, cricket or soccer is optional, but recommended.As much as we know half of the braai is about beer, wine and friends, we also know that a good braai depends on perfect meat.Those boerie rolls aren't going to cook themselves, and your guests certainly aren't going to eat sub-standard braai fare.As you climb the ladder from junior braai assistant right up to braai king, there will come a time when you need to learn how to perfectly spice your meat, whether it's chicken, steak, chops or boerewors.There are plenty of great pre-made spices, for sure, but if you want to retain the title of braai king year upon year, you'll probably need to start making your own seasoning mix.That way, not everything on the plate has a suspiciously similar taste.Admit it, you use the braai spice on the veggies, and maybe even the potato salad too.So when the time comes for you to use your secret weapon, and your mates ask how you got the steak and chops to taste so good, you can rest safe in the knowledge that you'll remain at the top of the braai monarchy for some time.You can make a generic seasoning mix to go on most of your meats, or you can make ones specific to the meat you usually cook.If you cook a lot of lamb chops and steak, you might want to go with something more barbecue flavoured as a steak spice, and something with rosemary for the lamb, for example.Below is your ticket to braai royalty.This recipe is great for steaks, but could easily be used for pretty much any meat.It's a perfect base to tenderise and enhance the flavour of your meat.You can adjust it to suit lamb and chicken as well, using the same base but adding some flavours and making it into a wet rub.Remember, you can adjust the ingredients of this basic recipe to your taste, so feel free to play with the ingredient ratios.If you don't like chilli or sugar, take it out.If you love paprika, add in a bit more.Basic braai seasoning mix: 3 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons fresh coarse ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons ground cumin optional and to taste: ground coriander, chilli powder, bay leaves, thyme/oregano simply mix the ingredients together and rub into your meat.To use the seasoning mix with lamb or chicken, we suggest adding the juice of a fresh lemon, some rosemary or parsley, and a dash of olive oil and rubbing it over your meat as a paste.If you're worried about the meat drying out, you can mix in some greek yoghurt instead of olive oil to ensure the meat stays tender.

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