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A relatively new version of the barbecue, the kettle braai was first introduced in 1951 and variations on the original design have since been widely adopted by manufacturers all around the world. Today it remains one of the most popular forms of griller available. In its simplest form, the device consists of a lid, a grid on which the food is placed, a second grid to support the charcoal and a lower vessel with legs and a series of vents to control the temperature of the fire.
Modern versions of the kettle braai are often powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and are thus a lot easier to clean but a great many South Africans still prefer the distinctive flavour that can only be achieved when their meat is grilled over hot coals. These versatile outdoor grillers come in a variety of sizes with the smaller models being ideal for use where space may be limited. In addition, the portability of the small units means that it’s a simple matter to pack them into the family car for picnics.
Cadac offers kettle braais both for charcoal and gas grilling has even developed a hybrid model that successfully combines the benefit of both. Wheels make it a simple matter to move these units from place to place and the tripod design means that you can be certain that they will always remain stable and safe even on those less even surfaces.
All Cadac grillers are supported by a wide range of useful accessories that serve to extend their cooking possibilities considerably and the company’s various kettle braais are certainly no exception.
A Griller with Many Benefits
When compared with the traditional open style of barbecue, it is the lid that leads to most of the advantages associated with the closed type of griller. For a start, the act of confining the heat allows it to build up and to be reflected by the lid, which, in turn, results in a more even cooking process as well as much shorter cooking times.
Among the other benefits of kettle braais, is one that the purists will probably insist is the most important of all. With the lid closed, the food is now exposed to the smoke that, in turn, imparts the unique flavour that is just so distinctive of our legendary South African outdoor lifestyle. If, however, smoky food is not really your scene then, of course, you can still grill your steak and chops with the lid off if you really want to.
Another feature of the kettle braai that many will find of benefit is the way it can used to cook larger joints. A whole chicken or duck, a beef or lamb roast or even a kingklip, will cook perfectly with the lid in place. Once you have adjusted the vents to provide just enough heat these should need very little attention until you’re ready to eat. Foil wrap some mielies or vegies to complete the meal and, in no time, you and your family can be dining like royalty whether in the garden or the bush.
Cadac supplies top quality equipment for both patio dwellers and campers. Whether you prefer gas, charcoal or the best of both, there’s a kettle braai that’s perfect for you.
Hands Free Cooking With The Versatile Kettle Braai
Many people are of the opinion that we have Americato thank for a variety of ills that plague modern society; the best example being that of junk food. But every now and again the United Statesproduces a product that is just so good at what it does, so simple and yet so elegant in design that it becomes an instant classic. The kettle braai is one of these products. The kettle braai is an instant classic and is today sold all over the world where (weather permitting) the outdoors life is embraced. Using a kettle braai to prepare your favourite cut and type of meat, as well as vegetables and even treats such as pizza is so simple that it leaves one scratching ones head as to why this simple, yet effective device has not been part of our lives for generations, especially in a country as braai crazy as South Africa.
The beauty of a kettle braai is that by using only a few briquettes, placing the meat on the grill and closing the hood one can have a delicious meal in a very short time. By following some simple instructions the entire process can be hands free. The meat does not require turning because of the heat convection in the kettle and therefore the most laborious part of the process is lifting the lid and conveying the food from the braai to the table. The kettle braai is also perfectly suited to cooking large cuts of meat such as a leg of lamb or whole birds such as chicken or duck.
The kettle braai can also be fitted with a flat non stick griddle that makes it perfect for cooking breakfast treats such as eggs, bacon, sausage and beans without the lid on. Make up your favourite pizza, place it on this griddle, replace the hood and you’ve got a pizza oven which would bring a smile to Mario and Luigi if you invited them over for a meal.
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Have you ever considered using your kettle braai as a smoker or even to roast large meat items such as whole chicken, duck and even turkey? Every body knows the strain that their oven is put under when they are trying to cook for family and friends on festive occasions. There just never seems to be enough room in the oven allowing some cooked food dishes to get cold while you are trying to cook the other dishes you want to serve. A kettle braai is the ideal solution to this problem and can cook your larger food and meat items to perfection.