Don’t let the UK winter ruin y

Don’t let the UK winter ruin your braai

With winter fast approaching in the UK, there are few things to make sure you do so that you can carry on enjoying the braai. Make sure you get stocked up on the necessities before the long slog

Don’t let the UK winter ruin y

This time of year, with the clocks rolling back, always gets to me. It’s great to have that extra hour of sunlight in the morning, but it’s the start of the hard slog of winter in the UK. The weatherman has once again predicted the coldest winter on record. I’ve had nine now, managing to miss two when I was travelling, and I know it’s around this time that you need to stock up on supplies for your winter braais.

Here are a few tips to keep you braaing this winter

Fire Pit

Obvious one, but not many people don’t have one of these bad boys. Make sure people have no choice but to sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors instead of watching you and shaking their head at you braving the elements.

Charcoal and wood

Although BBQ season is well and truly over in the UK, no one told the stores that the braai season isn’t. So grab your bags now (often at a discount round this time of year) and stock up for the next five months. You won’t be seeing charcoal in stores (other than South African ones) until next April.


We’ve all stood under an umbrella, happy that we’ve managed a braai, but you’ll need to go inside as soon as the meat’s done or you’ll freeze your bits off. Get a gazebo now (and make sure it’s well ventilated) or build a shelter.

Avoid the flu

This is the most serious tip of all, as this dreaded phenomenon can strike at any time. Make sure you’re prepared and stay healthy — no one wants to miss a braai because of man flu.

Enjoy and happy braaing!