Jan Braai (aka Jan Scannell) is the man credited with creating the National Braai Day initiative on Heritage Day (24 September). We asked him if he to share a marinade recipe with us to use tomorrow, and he happily agreed.
“The use of peri-peri chillies and sauces filtered into South Africa from our Portuguese-speaking neighbouring countries Mozambique and Angola,” says Mr Braai.
“In real braai life you will use peri-peri sauce often. It goes particularly well with braaied steak, chicken, fish and prawns.”
What you need
8 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
½ cup oil
½ cup grape vinegar (red or white)
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup water
1 tot paprika powder
1 tot chilli powder
1 tot salt
a few small hot chillies (peri-peri/African Bird’s Eye – chopped)
What to do
Finely chop the garlic and throw this into a glass bottle or jar with the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, water, paprika powder, chilli powder and salt. Shake well until the ingredients are mixed and all the salt dissolved.
Now taste the sauce and if you want it hotter, add one or more finely chopped chillies to the sauce and shake. You can add as many chillies as you wish and if, like me, you like quite a lot of burn then it might be wise to mix two batches, one with fewer chillies.
Do not touch your eyes or any other sensitive parts of your body while you are making this sauce as the traces of chilli juice left on your hands will burn those sensitive parts. Go and wash your hands to get the chilli juices off them, and then still be careful.
The sauce can be used immediately but will improve with age and last in your fridge for weeks. You will use the sauce as a marinade, basting sauce or normal dipping sauce on braaied food.