The concept of the perfect braai applies not just to the occasion itself but also to the equipment that is used in order to produce those tender, sizzling steaks and succulent, spiced worsies that comprise South Africa’s favourite outdoor fare. While those native to other nations may boast of their barbies or barbeques, the local version of this meat fest is as unique as the Afrikaans name by which we all know it. So too are the sosaties, skilpadjies, Karoo lamb chops, metre-long Free State boerewors, mielie pap and pot brood whose seductive aromas pervade our suburbs, on evenings and weekends throughout the summer months and long beyond.
Every bit as much a part of this iconic image, is the name of Cadac; a manufacturer that has been providing the nation with the means to indulge our appetite for alfresco cooking for no less than sixty years. During those intervening years much has changed and not the least of those changes has been the astronomical increase in the price of meat. The culture of “just turn up and we’ll supply the graze” has long since been replaced by that of the “bring and braai” but, happily, this has done little to diminish our enjoyment.
Today, the perfect braai remains as much an ideal occasion on which to reaffirm friendships and experience the joy of camaraderie as ever it was, despite the diminished capacity of many to extend the generosity typical of more affluent times. While to those from beyond our shores, these gatherings could easily be seen as overtly sexist in nature, tradition has it that the role of the outdoor chef should fall to the male of the species.
As a consequence, the men present at these events will normally gather around the fire, taking turns to check on the meat and exchange views about the recent performance of their favourite rugby team while downing copious quantities of cold beer. In the meantime the wives and sweethearts will usually congregate in the kitchen and busy themselves with the preparation of numerous tasty salads and side dishes that will serve to complement the grilled meat and, of course, will also enjoy a glass of wine and some of the latest gossip in the process.
In 2013, just as for much of the previous century, the name of Cadac remains associated with the perfect braai. Along with the price of meat, our products have also changed becoming more sophisticated and, in particular, offering our clients far more choice than when we first entered this specialised field. Six decades ago, the bulk of the nation’s barbeques were charcoal fired although the outdoor gas grill made its debut in Chicago during the early ‘50s. Since then we have continued to support both the traditional charcoal burners and the newer gas-fired products, taking both to new heights both in terms of their greatly expanded versatility and their elegant modern styling.
The skottel probably remains one of the most iconic Cadac products and a firm favourite amongst locals. Despite its fundamental simplicity, innovative modifications have now added the scope to pursue far more adventurous dishes. In addition, the introduction of ceramic briquettes has served to restore much of that traditional flame-grilled flavour that many still claim is the essence of the perfect braai.
With summer beckoning and the pool and lawn beginning to demand attention, it’s a good time to check up on your BBQ basics. For those who may be playing the role of outdoor chef for the first time and paid only scant attention to dad’s long-established braai techniques, it may also be wise to grab a few useful tips on how to delight your visiting garden gourmets.
If you are indeed a newcomer to this South African national sport then the best way to make your debut is to begin by ensuring that you are in possession of the very best outdoor grilling equipment available. If, by chance, you are already something of a seasoned pro, then you will be well aware that the name you should be keeping an eye open for can only be Cadac.
Known for their durability and unfailing performance there can hardly be anyone in the country who has not, at some time, encountered one of these characteristic blue skottel braais or compact gas cylinders that have, over the years, grown to become a uniquely iconic symbol of the South African way of life and our love of the outdoors.
One of the first decisions to feature on your checklist of BBQ basics is likely to be the choice between a charcoal burning or gas fired unit. The well-loved smoky flavour created by charcoal is hard to equal but must be paid for in the currency of extra time required to attain the desired cooking temperature and the resulting mess that will need, at some later stage, to be dealt with. By contrast, a grill that utilises LPG (liquid petroleum gas) is essentially ready for use within a minute or two and will produce none of the tiresome ash and carbon deposits that are the trademark of a charcoal fire. Cadac caters for either preference and so the choice is entirely yours. Either way, you can be assured of a product that will perform perfectly every time if you look after it.
Let us say you settle for a charcoal braai. You need to layer you coals or briquettes evenly in the firebox and, for a quick start, include a couple of firelighters, halved and distributed evenly. Once lit you can expect a eight of 45 minutes to an hour for the coals to become evenly hot and the flames to die down, at which point you are ready to start cooking.
Another of the BBQ basics is to leave those items such as steaks and chops that require the shortest cooking time until other items such as boerewors and chicken pieces are partially cooked. The latter should be cooked slowly in the colder area near the edges of the fire while the other items can be placed in the hottest area near its centre. By all means enjoy a cold beer buy keep a watch on your food to ensure that it is turned when needed to avoid burning. Marinated meat can easily become charred if you are not careful.
It’s certainly a whole lot easier and quicker when working with gas as mentioned earlier and one of the BBQ basics that will be of less concern is the risk of burnt meat.
There will be little doubt in the minds of most South Africans regarding precisely where to get the best quality grills in the country. For more than 60 years, one name and an iconic blue cylinder have been the twin symbols that, together, express everything of significance that is required to create the nation’s traditional and much-beloved vleisbraai. While the replacement of charcoal with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for outdoor cooking purposes may still seem shocking to some of the die-hard purists, almost everyone who is a fan of our famed outdoor lifestyle is likely to have enjoyed the convenience of a Cadac camping light at one time or another.
Although it is not that widely known, the name Cadac is actually an acronym that stands for Commercial And Domestic Appliance Company. More importantly, though, we are justly proud of the fact that 6 decades of tough, reliable products and exceptional customer service have combined to make our brand one of the most trusted and recognisable in the country.
While the exceptional quality of our local beef, pork and lamb is a given, this alone does not explain their near universal appeal when savoured by the pool along with a cold beer on a hot summer day. In practice, this is as much due to our desire to get only the very best quality grills as it is to the skills of our livestock farmers and our butchers.
From the earliest days of the simple charcoal burner to the emergence of our iconic, gas-fired skottels followed more recently by multi=burner and modular models, we have always striven to provide a product that does the job and goes right on doing it for as long as our customers expect it to and this simple policy is one that has serves to make Cadac a market leader.
Our range of outdoor grilling equipment is the most extensive available in South Africa, with models designed for use on the patio by families both large and small, built-in braais and cooking stoves that are sufficiently compact to be transported with ease to any location from a beach to a mountain top. To this we have added all of the accessories that could possibly be needed in order to improve your outdoor cooking experience.
Your Cadac store is not just the place to get the best quality grills but also offers a range of cooler boxes with capacities ranging from 15 litres to 70 litres along with the mandatory braai tools, rotisseries, various cooking grids, ceramic briquettes for a flame grilled effect and even a circular baking stone that can be used with any of the popular Cadac charcoal or gas braais or even on an electric hot plate to create delicious stone-baked pizzas on your stoep or, if you should actually prefer it, even in the kitchen.
We have also learned a lot about style over the years and this is reflected in products such as our Meridian Range with its double skinned dome and the choice of either 3 or 4 burners. Each version is now offered in a range of stylish finishes that include charcoal, stainless steel, cubanite silver and magnolia reaffirming Cadac as the place to get the best quality grills.
With summer just about ready to rear its head, it’s now a great time to invest in a great braai to see you through the many upcoming public holidays, long weekends, school holidays and the festive season. Many people are perplexed when it comes to choosing between a flat to braai, kettle braai or a gas braai. There are many pros and cons to each, but each type of braai will match certain requirements with braai fans.
If you aren’t someone who likes to do a big clean up after the braai is over and everybody’s left, then a gas braai might be a great bet. If you are a purist and like the authentic braai taste on your meet, then a flat top braai may be the better bet.
If you are looking for great tips on what to consider when buying a braai this summer, here are a few to start you off:
- Size does matter: When shopping around for a braai, consider the amount of space you have available in your garden. The last thing you want is to rush home with your new braai only to find that it takes up most, if not all of the available space in your yard or on the balcony.
- Storage and mobility: If you intend to travel with your braai to camping sites or simply outings, then you can go with a flat top braai, kettle braai or gas braai. Any of these are conveniently portable and mobile, depending on the model you choose. If you don’t intend to remove the braai from your home, make sure that it can still be stored easily when not in use.
- Cooking space: Decide beforehand how much cooking space you’ll need. There are so many different braais available on the market that comes with a variety of cooking options. There are braais featuring one to six gas burners on the gas braais and medium to large grills for flat top braais. It will all depend on your preferences.
- Durability: Everybody wants to get the best value possible out of their BBQs. This is why you should opt for quality that will last you for many years.
If you are looking for affordable and top quality flat top braais, kettle braais or gas braais, then Cadac’s range of great braais will appeal to your tastes for the good things in life. We have an entire range of quality and affordable braais that meet every demand of the modern South African home. Our quality braais are also augmented by an entire range of top notch braai accessories that will help you to further enjoy your Cadac braai and get the most value for your money.
Our team of sales professionals are ready to answer all of your questions. If you would like to speak to industry experts about any of your braai concerns, or would like to learn more about our flat top braais, kettle braais and gas braais contact Cadac today.
Summer is upon us once again and it’s time to dust off the braai and enjoy delicious, easy and fun outdoor cooking recipes. South Africans from all walks of life love to braai and have no qualms about taking the best advantage of our enviable summer climates to gather around the coals and enjoy a hearty barbeque. With so many great outdoor cooking recipes that have become the staple of many South Africa braais, you have so many options open to you when deciding what direction to take your braai.
From braai chicken recipes to sosaties, special marinade lamb tjops, steaks and fire grilled garlic bread; there is no end to the many possibilities available to an aspiring braai cook. At Cadac we have released our very own Great Outdoor Cookbook. Here you will find enticingly delicious recipes that can easily be prepared and cooked on our Cadac braais using our range of braai accessories.
This cookbook, filled to the brim with delicious South African outdoor cooking recipes feature beef and veal recipes, fish and seafood, rubs, marinades, salsas, sauces and poultry recipes, hints and guides. It is the perfect companion for any braai enthusiast, whether you barbeque four times a month or only twice a year. Our cookbook will guide you from start to finish preparing the many easily prepared and delicious recipes. There will never be an excuse for another bland, predictable braai.
The Best Braai Equipment and Accessories from Cadac
Aside from providing you with all the delicious recipes you’ll ever need around a braai, we also give you all the equipment and accessories needed to easily and conveniently take care of preparing a nutritiously delicious feast for your family and loved ones.
Our Patio Range features an extensive selection of braais that are portable, mobile and unobtrusively fitting for a home with limited space. These include the Braaimaxx, Patio Select 3 and Meridan Double-skinned Dome 3 Burner braais, to name a few.
For the camping enthusiast we make available 3kg, 5 kg, 7 and 9kg cylinders, along with a cooker and potjie cooker. The range of quality accessories range from covers, cooler bags, deluxe arm chairs, dome lids, paella pans and high pressure cylinder adapter hoses, to name but a few.
All of our products come with the standard industry warranties and guaranties which makes it even easier to shop at Cadac with confidence. We make it so easy for you to enjoy our many delicious outdoor cooking recipes that you won’t ever have an excuse to feel uninspired again. With so many fun South African-inspired recipes you won’t ever have to wonder what to feed the masses again.
If you would like to learn more about our exciting cookbook, or any of our other quality braai products and accessories, contact Cadac today. Our team of seasoned sales professionals are at hand to help make your purchasing decisions a breeze as we will afford you with great lifestyle braai products and accessories that will fit any lifestyle!
As most who have ever had to organise a braai for a large group of people would know, a little planning goes a long way, especially when working around unpredictable weather. When it comes to South Africans, the love of a good braai comes with high standards and many expectations as this is one of our most beloved pastimes, even dedicating a National Braai Day to this congenial activity.
To begin with you have to make sure the right grill is at hand to handle the many kilograms of meat and other foods that will be making its way through the flames. For this you will need to invest in a high quality barbecue grill since you want it to last for many years to come. As such, it’s important that you do your research and find out which one of the many options available from Cadac will best suit your needs.
Once you have the grill sorted, be sure you have all the utensils and accessories for grilling before the day of the braai. At Cadac you will find a great selection of quality and affordable braai accessories that will complement the use of your braai. If you’re using a gas braai, make sure that there is enough gas left in the tank, because running out of gas on the day of the braai is the last thing you want as it will only put a great big damper on the whole event.
Sorting the Meat for Your Barbecue
Of course, the number one thing you will be judged on when friends are braaing at your place is the tastiness of your meat. Sure, having all the accessories and the best braai equipment will go a long way to adding to the success of the day, but that’s not all there is to a great braai.
Depending on the meat to be served, you should start marinating it up to two to 24 hours before the braai. If you’re stuck for fun outdoor cooking recipes, consult the Cadac’s Great Outdoor Cookbook. There you will find many of South Africa’s favourite outdoor cooking recipes presented in easy, no-hassle and fast recipes that will be a winner with your guests each time.
South Africa has one of the world’s most enviable climates. Even though we have great year-round weather, that doesn’t mean we don’t also have to endure a bit of unpredictability, especially around the coastal cities. If you are unsure of the weather you’ll be experiencing on the braai day, you should make preparations by erecting a gazebo or holding it at a home or facility where there is shelter like a patio. This will remove the stress of having to relocate the braai at the very last minute due to the weather taking a turn for the worst.
If you’d like to learn more about barbeques and grilling from the masters, contact Cadac today. Our team of trained staff will provide you with all the information you’ll need to pull off a great braai using our extensive range of quality and affordable barbecue equipment and accessories.
Few things in life are so personal than the decision you make when buying a braai and choosing a braai isn’t a decision that should be made lightly. It is certainly no secret that South Africans love to braai. Millions of braais are sold in South Africa annually, with millions of barbeques taking place under the South African sun every year. Braaiing offers food a unique, smoky and delicious taste that is near to impossible to achieve with any other form of preparation.
When prepared and barbequed properly, meat will come off the braai tender, juicy and deliciously flavourful. Aside from the deliciousness of braaiing, it is also a social activity where family and friends can gather together during hot South African summer afternoons to celebrate special occasions, holidays or just enjoy spending time together any time of the year.
One would be forgiven for thinking that barbequing would be a mindless task, as it seems as easy at throwing a bit of meat over the coals. However, die hard braai enthusiasts would strongly disagree with that statement. There is a process that’s followed to achieve the best tasting food and it starts with choosing a braai that is perfectly suited for your lifestyle, demands and needs. Other aspects of the process also include choosing the right type and cut of meat as well as choosing the right rub, marinade or sauce.
However, before starting to work on getting the right balance of braai spice to perfectly complement your pre-braai marinade, you will have to face the important question when choosing a braai and that is whether a charcoal grill is better than a gas grill? There are so many braai models available on the market that it is up to you to decide which one appeals to you.
Both of these types of grills come with their unique sets of benefits and drawbacks that make it appealing to certain segments of the market. The gas grill, for instance, is very easy to use and doesn’t require much cleaning up afterwards, but some purists say that they can’t achieve the woody, smoky taste that comes with a coal or wood braai. However, the wood and coal braais will require a lot of effort to clean up afterwards. These are all aspects that need to be considered when choosing a Cadac braai for your home or tent or caravan trailer.
When looking for a braai, it’s best to opt for the type of braai that perfectly complements your lifestyle. At Cadac we provide you with many different options, from the best quality braai equipment and accessories available on the market to our patio and camping range braais.
Our equipment and models all come with the standard industry guaranties and warranties. This gives our clients even more confidence to invest in our quality products. If you’d like to learn more about our quality product range, contact Cadac today. We’ll help you in choosing a braai that will fit in perfectly with your lifestyle.
The snoek fish is one of South Africa’s signature delicacies and makes for a fun and delicious substitute to the usual meat and veg braais that dominate Saturdays and long weekends around the country. It is one of South Africa’s favourite varieties of fish and millions of kilogrammes snoek is sold every year. When you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a fresh snoek, you’ll want to do it justice during the cooking process.
Many people differ on the side dishes that should accompany a snoek – fresh baked bread and jam, a freshly prepared green salad or other fish dishes. Of course everyone will have a difference in opinion when it comes to accessorising your snoek, but most everyone is in accord with their approval when presented with a deliciously grilled snoek fresh off the coals. If you’re wondering how to braai snoek on your Cadac braai, then read on.
Cadac has a range of great braais, ranging from the charcoal range to the camping range and adventure and chef ranges. You will find an affordable and quality braai that suits your pocket and needs from our many models available. This will also make braaiing your snoek to perfection as easy as can be.
Once you’ve got your Cadac braai going and heated up, start the
snoek braai process by washing the snoek under cold running water. After this you should dry the fish, which can be done in a number of ways. A popular way is to salt the snoek with coarse sea salt which will serve to absorb the water or to simply blot it with a paper kitchen towel.
If you decided to salt the snoek to dry it off, shake off the excess salt. Some of the salt will have transferred into the snoek, so keep this in mind when spicing the snoek throughout the braai. While some people enjoy the salting of snoek, others don’t, it’s just a personal preference. The skin side of the snoek should be smeared with oil so that it won’t stick to the grid and then place it skin side down onto your Cadac. Now grind black pepper and salt onto its flesh side and pat it into the meat.
If you decide to braai your snoek straight onto the Cadac grid, then the coals will need to be slightly gentler as the skin is likely to burn more easily when exposed to direct heat. This method will need all your attention to ensure that you won’t burn the fish.
Another method is to place foil on your Cadac grill. This method allow for hotter coals since the foil will protect the fish from getting burned.
These are only a few suggestions of how you can braai a delicious, fresh snoek on your Cadac braai. Cadac offers a whole host of top quality braai accessories and equipment that’s bringing the fun and convenience back to the South African braai.
If there is one thing South Africans like to do, it’s having a good old fashioned braai. Whether it’s in the dead of winter or to usher in spring, celebrate a rugby win or mourn a cricket loss, braaiing in South Africa is as much part of the national identity as sunny Christmas mornings. What makes a braai even more enjoyable? Investing in great quality braai accessories and equipment to dish up the delicious spreads that South African braais are so revered for will make it even more enjoyable.
When you buy great quality Cadac braai accessories and equipment it will last you many years. This is why it should be seen as an investment and not simply a luxury purchase. These accessories are usually convenient to travel with also, so you can take it along on camping trips and road trips and enjoy a delicious and conveniently prepared braai wherever you need to.
There are so many accessories and great equipment available from Cadac that you can stock up with. These accessories have been designed and developed to make the task of braaiing as easy and convenient as can be. There are only a few examples of the many quality braai accessories and equipment available from Cadac:
- Sure Firelighter: Ditch the matches and opt for the Sure Firelighter. This unit features auto ignition along with a refillable lighter and also comes with adjustable flame control and safety lock. Braai the grub, not your fingers!
- The Cadac Handi Chef Carry Bag: This is a great accessory if you frequently take your braais on the road. It is made from durable 600D nylon and it fits most 47cm Cadac BBQs. It also features a zip for easy opening and closing, as well as a carry handle for extra comfort.
- Safire Hater: This portable gas heater offers instant heat and its double gauze prevents blow back when switching it off.
- The Safari Chef portable gas BBQ: When you invest in this versatile and portable gas BBQ, which only weighs 4kg, you also receive five interchangeable cooking surfaces. These include the BBQ, the camping stove, a non-stick reversible griddle with ribbed and flat sides, and the pot which can also be used as a dome. This all fits into one convenient carry bag for easy transportation and carrying.
These are only a few of the many exciting quality braai accessories and equipment that is available from Cadac. From our many years’ experience and presence in the industry we have grown to become a leader in our industry. We pride ourselves on the high quality of our products and our superior services and will help you make the best purchasing decision.
Other areas of expertise we specialise in include our charcoal range, chef range, camping and adventure ranges and many other exciting braai products. Enjoy braaiing the modern way and invest in the best quality braai accessories and equipment from a leader in the industry. Contact Cadac today to discuss all your braai equipment and accessory needs.
You’d be hard pressed to find anything more South African than a delicious braai. When you are tasked with throwing a successful braai, it will be in your best interest to learn the top 10 tips for catering a BBQ as it will only help you to make it a memorable event for everyone. Creating a delicious braai for many people can be a bit of a daunting task however, but it’s not impossible as millions of South Africans pull it off each year.
South Africans love to braai and if you have the correct grilling equipment, enough perseverance and a good grilling plan then you will be able to pull off a successful braai with little sweat. Luckily the South African braai menu isn’t complicated – meat, mealies and toasties would do perfectly well most of the time.
Cadac’s Tips for a Successful Braai
Our team here at Cadac have put together a list of the top ten tops to ensure that when you are catering a BBQ, it is a fun and successful get-together:
- Easily prepared food: Incorporate food into your menu that is easy to prepare, cook and serve and make the very best use of your grilling space. Grilling a dozen quick burgers will be far more practical than slowly cooking six chicken legs when you have a lot of hungry people waiting.
- Plan ahead: Get everything that you’ll need to pull off the braai the day before. This includes gas for the grill or smoker and all the spices you’ll need – avoid last minute trips to the shops!
- Prepare: Just try and get as much done preparation wise as you can the day before – this includes marinating meat and cutting up food and so on.
- Order of food: Make a plan as to which order you’re going to start cooking and serving the food, and try to stick to that plan as much as possible.
- Enlist a bit of help: Get a braai buddy or put the kids’ energy to good use and get them to put out cutlery and plates and serve things like potato salad and the coleslaw, etc. Put a few plates of nibbles out as people arrive.
- Get the right temperature: Make sure that your grill is up to the cooking temperature when you are ready to start with the cooking. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get the grill up as it will delay the cooking time.
- Different areas: If the grill is large enough separate three distinct areas where you can create a cool area, medium area and hot area that will make grilling so much easier.
- Enough of everything: Make sure you’ve got enough food for all the hungry guests that’s coming to avoid an awkward trip to the supermarket.
- Don’t poke holes in meat: When you want to check if the meat’s done, don’t poke it with holes as it will let all the juice escape!
- Keep an eye on the heat: Heat can be a braaier’s best friend or worst enemy. Keep an eye on the heat to ensure that food’s getting cooked but not scorched on the outside and still raw on the inside.
For more information, please feel free to contact our Cadac team members and one of our friendly consultants will help you enjoy an unforgettable BBQ.