National Braai Day – 2006


Yesterday was national braai day, so we decided to invite a few friends around, and have a braai! We didn’t do a normal open fire braai, but we decided to cook a chicken on the Weber. This recipe slightly unusual in that you cook the chicken with a can of beer. The beer keeps the chicken very moist, resulting in a chicken that was really yummy, tender and succulent.  When I carved it, it just fell to pieces!

So, here’s the recipe (loosely based on Ina Paarman’s “What’s on the fire?”)

  • 1x chicken
  • 1x can of beer
  • A selection of mixed fresh herbs (I used parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme – and I wasn’t going to Scarborough fair!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • About 50ml Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup Oak chips

Soak the oak chips in water for at least 1 hour
Prepare the Weber for indirect heat


  • Crush the herbs & garlic with a pestle and mortar.
  • Add the lemon rind & juice
  • Top up with about 50ml olive oil
  • Add salt & pepper



  • Smear about ½ of the marinade on the inside of the chicken
  • Drink about ¼ of the beer
  • Remove the lid of the beer with a can opener
  • Put the chicken onto the can of beer, and then on the Weber
  • Put the oak chips directly onto the coals – about ½ each side
  • Pour the rest of the marinade onto the chicken, and cover
  • Cook for about 1 hour or so


Note: You can pretty much use what ever marinade you feel like making.

We also made a very simply baby potatoe, bean and pesto salad (from the same book). Here’s the recipe

  • 500g baby potatoes
  • 200g green beans
  • 100ml pesto sauce
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese


  • Steam the potatoes
  • Cut the beans into 3cm length, and add to the potatoes
  • Add the pesto and mix in
  • Sprinkle fresh Parmesan shavings onto the salad
  • serve hot or scold

And finally, what better way to finish off a great evening, than an expresso?


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