For true barbecue enthusiasts, there's something undeniably special about cooking with fire. While charcoal is a convenient option, braaiwood offers a unique set of advantages that can elevate your grilling experience. If you're looking to add a touch of tradition and smoky goodness to your next cookout, then braaiwood might be the perfect fuel for you.

What is Braaiwood?

Braaiwood is simply firewood specifically chosen for barbecuing, or "braaiing" as it's called in South Africa. Traditionally, certain types of wood are favored for their burning properties and the flavors they impart to food. Popular braaiwood options include:

  • Rooikrans: Known for its long, steady burn and ability to produce a consistent cooking temperature.

  • Mopane: Dense wood that burns slowly, releasing a distinctive smoky flavor perfect for grilling.

  • Sekelbos: Another South African favorite, sekelbos burns hot and clean, ideal for searing steaks.

Why Choose Braaiwood?

There are several reasons why braaiwood stands out from the charcoal bag:

  • Flavour: Braaiwood infuses your food with a subtle, smoky taste that charcoal simply can't match. Different wood varieties offer distinct flavor profiles, allowing you to experiment and find your favorite.

  • Heat Control: Seasoned braaiwood burns with a consistent heat, making it easier to maintain the perfect temperature for grilling or smoking.

  • Eco-friendly: Braaiwood is a natural and renewable resource, making it a more sustainable choice than charcoal production.

  • Ambiance: There's a certain charm to cooking over a wood fire. The crackling flames and earthy aroma create a truly inviting atmosphere for your cookout.

Using Braaiwood

Getting started with braaiwood is easy. Look for a reputable supplier that sells seasoned and dried wood, ensuring a clean burn and easy ignition. Here are some tips for using braaiwood:

Start with kindling and tinder to get the fire going.

Add smaller pieces of braaiwood gradually to maintain a steady heat.

Adjust the grill height to control the cooking temperature. Lower for searing, higher for slower cooking.

Beyond the Braai

Braaiwood isn't just for grilling! You can also use it for:

  • Smoking meats for a deep, smoky flavor.

  • Baking pizzas in a wood-fired oven for an authentic taste.

  • Creating a cozy fire pit for outdoor gatherings.

With its versatility, delicious flavor, and eco-friendly nature, braaiwood is a fantastic option for anyone looking to elevate their outdoor cooking experience. So next time you fire up the grill, consider ditching the charcoal (please check your BBQ is compatible) and embracing the tradition of braaiwood for a truly unforgettable cookout.

Order your Braaiwood from Kindling N Things today!