Without the biggest fire of them all, that massive nuclear reaction that dictates all cycles and seasons on earth, the sun, we would not exist I’ve spent a lot of time around fires in my life. From my first memories with my dad on the banks of the Breede River, cooking whole Kabeljou;, Read More


A spit braai is a familiar favourite, and chances are you have experienced at least one at a huge kuier. It is one of my favourite ways to entertain around the fire, and don’t think that it is impossible to build – my friend and I used this guideline to build one in 10minutes!, Read More

Justin Bonello_Recipes

Fillets are great on the fire, but you can ruin it if you’re not careful, so follow these steps to creating the perfect fillet this Summer and you’ll be laughing. Remember, keep it simple stupid.  

Justin Bonello_Lamb Chops

One of our favorite things to do on the braai as South Africans is a simple lamb chop, so here’s my trick to creating the perfect lamb chop on the fire.    

Justin Bonello_Stick Bread

This is something I remember making when I was a Cub (believe it or not, I was once one). The way we did it back then was first to make a fire with just three matches – no wonder I only ever got a badge for perfect attendance! Making Stick Breads is a fun,, Read More

Justin Bonello_Garlic Bomb

We’ve all done it: opened our cooler boxes a couple of days into a camping trip, only to be greeted by vegetables with scary growths and distorted faces. That’s why I love this recipe – it takes a really long time for a cabbage to grow a face. Unfortunately, cabbage has a bad reputation, Read More

Justin Bonello_Summer Braai

Here are some ideas for the braai this summer, but the most important one is the music! It’s going to be a scorcher so let’s gear up and get ready to celebrate the great outdoors the South African way!  

Justin Bonello, Behind the Scenes, Ultimate Braai Master, Fire, Braai, South Africa, cooking show

You’ve seen the show, but the truth is that everything that needs to happen behind the cameras in order to make the show happen is a mystery to most people in South Africa, so here’s a little inside peak at what it takes to make the Ultimate Braai Master.  

If you’ve got my first book, you’ll know that I’ve already done a Greek style lamb, but I HAVE to give you Marthinus’s recipe. I’ll even admit that it might be better than mine! This is seriously delicious and really easy to make. You’ll Need: A deboned leg of lamb (about 2.5kg) 500ml Bulgarian, Read More