Your first event

Planning Your First Kahoodol Barbecue event.

As I have already stated in this blog it is not my intension to provide endless recipes but if Braai and Kahoodol Barbecue are so closely aligned then I do think that it might help to give a sense of Braai ideas that you could cook at your Kahoodol barbecue. Remembering that barbecue in the context is not only a grill. Kahoodol barbecue is casual and relaxed social events where families and friends converge on a picnic spot or someone’s home (normally the garden) for food lovingly cooked over coals or wood. All of these ideas (there are a few burger staples through to one or two off the wall thoughts) below can and should be cooked on the open coals. My only counter to this, and for safety more than anything, is that you should not cook chips on a barbecue. I will let you cook them in the house (but preferably not in an oven).
The specialist meats are available online and sometimes from Lidl or Iceland (in the UK) and there is no shortage of new and novel meat available to try if you are prepared to look.
Remember it is the job of your guests to bring the sides: salads, chutneys, dips, coleslaw etc. A bit of pre-planning can get you a good mixture of stuff. Remember that this is the point it is social event in which everyone participates as part of the process. It is like crowd sourcing for your food. The participants, friends and guests are more engaged emotionally in the anticipation and then the party if they are fully invested in the process. 

Starter Ideas:
Vetkoek: A traditional South African fried dough bread served filled with cooked mince
Meatballs On Skewers: Served with peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, cherry tomatoes & a chilli pineapple dip
Spicy Garlic Prawns: King Prawn in shell served with crusty bread to mop up all the buttery juices
Mussels: In a rich creamy sauce served with crusty bread
Spicy Chicken Livers: Served with crusty bread
Spicy Chicken Wings: Served with salad
Boerewors (spicy sausage): Served with Mushroom Sauce

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Braai Mixed Grill: 4oz Steak, Boerewors Sausage & 1/2 Rack of Ribs; could be served with chips, mushrooms, salad & a sauce; Mushroom, Cheese, Peppercorn or Chilli Sauce are often used.

Burgers: these should be served with chips, onion rings, corn on the cob & coleslaw: Braai Burger; Chilli Burger; Braai Burger with bacon and pineapple; Ostrich Burger; Venison Burger; Buffalo Burger; Zebra Burger; Crocodile Burger; and Kangaroo Burger.

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The Main Events:
Grilled Whole Fish: Grilled fish should be served with chips, vegetables & leafy salad or served with Sadza (Pap), curried kidney beans, greens, onion & tomato gravy
Spicy Garlic Prawns Main: Served with chips & salad
Beef & Red Bean Curry: Served with steamed rice, sweet potatoes & salad
Mutton & Potato Curry: Served with rice, tomato & onion chutney & salad
Chicken Curry: Served with rice, sweet chilli carrot sambal & salad

Steaks & Exotic Meat: All steaks should be served with chips, onion rings, corn on the cob, mushrooms, Mediterranean salad, peppers and a choice of one sauce (Mushroom, Cheese, Peppercorn, or Chilli Sauce). For an added touch the meats should be served on a hot rock.
Rib-eye Steak; Sirloin Steak; Ostrich Steak; Springbok Steak; Buffalo / Bison Steak; Zebra Steak; Venison Steak

Vegetarian: I know the South Africans would baulk at the idea but …………..
Portabella Mushroom: Stuffed with onions, tomatoes topped, halloumi cheese served with chips & salad
Vegetable Curry: Potato, cabbage, peas served with rice, sweet chilli carrot sambal
Veggie Burger: Served with chips, onion rings, corn on the cob & coleslaw

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Bunny Chow: Referred to as a bunny is a South African dish consisting of a hollowed out half loaf of bread filled with curry. Could be served with a side of salad and  coleslaw: Beef Bunny; Spicy Chicken Bunny; Hot Mutton Bunny; Veggie Bunny

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Sadza / Pap: (Maize porridge) usually served with a choice of two or three meats, curried kidney beans, greens, onion & tomato gravy
Brazed Oxtail; BBQ Boerewors Sausage; BBQ Strip Steak; Spicy Chicken Wings; 1/2 rack of grilled Pork Ribs

Sosaties (Malay inspired Kebab): Could be served with chips or mash, sweet chilli carrot sambal & salad
Beef; Lamb or Mutton; Vegetable & Halloumi Cheese (Peppers, mushrooms, courgettes, tomatoes, onions & halloumi cheese).

And apparently no Braai is complete without Mrs Balls Chutneys and Sauces. I have not yet indulged in these but I am told by a South African friend that they are the best!!