Archive for August, 2010

Beer can chicken – Webber recipe

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, South Africa on August 31, 2010 by ribshackred

I’m not a Webber master, because I’m too curious and doubtful and always want to have a peak at the meat. I sometimes don’t believe that the fridge light goes off when I close the door… joke.

There is some great Webber braaiers out there and this beer can chicken recipe is so easy and it is really great.

This Webber chicken recipe not only helps to keep the meat nice and moist when cooking it on the braai, but the beer (or juice), herbs as well as the smoky flavour that you only get from a “weber roast” make for a unique and very tasty roast chicken.

BBQ Beer Can Recipe  


2 kg / 4-5 lb whole chicken
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 can of beer (can also use juice in tin can)

For The Rub
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried garlic, you can use crushed garlic
1 tsp granulated onion
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Indirect Cooking Method

To cook this beer chicken recipe or most roasts in a kettle barbecue, you will use the “indirect cooking method” and to do this you pace two heaps of charcoal on opposite sides of the bottom grill, with a gap in-between.

Prepare The Chicken

  1. Combine the rub ingredients in a bowl
  2. Rinse the chicken inside and out under water and remove and discard the neck, giblets, and any excess fat. Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel.
  3. Lightly brush or spray all over with the vegetable oil and season, inside and out, with the rub.
  4. Open the beer can and drink half of the beer then place the half-full can on a flat surface and slide the chicken over the top so the can fits inside the cavity.

Cooking the Chicken

Keeping the can upright, balance the chicken on its two legs on the grill of your barbecue.

There are some accessories which are especially designed for canned Webber chicken.

For more info on this topic visit:

An Aussie steak on the barbie , mate

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Rib Shack Red, South Africa, Sport, Wine and dine on August 27, 2010 by ribshackred

This weekend we take on the Aussies in Pretoria and I’m going to through an Aussie style steak on the braai.

Or must a say a “Steak on the Barbie, Mate”

Here is an Aussie Style Steak marinade recipe

You should marinate for at least a couple of hours but if you leave it overnight it is even better.

 For this Australian bbq recipe you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil,
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar,
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine,
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce,
  • 3 minced garlic cloves,
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs and pepper to taste.

Place your steaks in a large dish with a lid or you can use plastic wrap.

Mix all the above ingredients together and then pour over your steaks, turn steaks to ensure that the marinade has coated all sides of the steaks. Refrigerate and cover. Turn steaks ever so often so the marinade can soak into your steaks.

Braai it your way…Mate


SA Blog Awards- Please nominate me

Posted in South Africa on August 27, 2010 by ribshackred

If you like what I’ve done on the Rib Shack Red blog,  please nominate me for the SA Blog awards.

It’s easy. Click on the banner on the right of the page.  Fill in your email (confirm) and you done.

Thank you!

Luck favours the favourites – Who will have the luck credits next year?

Posted in Braai Recipes, South Africa, Sport on August 26, 2010 by ribshackred

The All Black had amazing Tri-Nations and out played the opposition. They are truly the world’s best side but sometimes luck favours the favourites.

Ja . I know Gary Player said “The more I practice the luckier I am”  and ‘luck favours the prepared’ but if you think about it there was some luck involve.

If you believe in the Balance theory which suggests that everything eventually evens out,  then maybe the Boks have a few luck credits in the bank.

Last year we use up all our luck units and actually went  on overdraft on the luck scoreboard. Think of O’Gara’s brain fart (quote out of John Smit’s book) and no major suspensions or crucial missed calls by the refs.

This year we (The Boks)  had a run of bad luck with yellow cards, suspensions, ref mistakes etc. so we may have a few units of luck (luck credits) that is coming our way.

The All Black are in serious good luck overdraft and their luck units are going to be (hopefully) very little come next’s year’s World Cup.

So let’s hope the luck credits kick in when we need it the most…Whenever that maybe.

For the weekend’s game … “What about some shrimp on the Barbie , Mate”.

Click here for  a few Aussie Shrimp BBQ recipes

Dilemma- What to braai with the rugby omnibus?

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, South Africa, Sport on August 19, 2010 by ribshackred


This Saturday is a 4 hour rugby omnibus (17h00- 21h00) with the Soweto test (SA vs NZ) and then Province vs The Sharks in Durban.

But this creates a dilemma because most braai need some hands-on time which means that the braai master will miss part of the game.

Here are a few solutions

  1. Get everything ready – The coals must peak at 18h50- Throw steaks on and you will be in time for the second match ( But is not cool to rush a braai)
  2. Let a Lions supporter braai during the Province vs Sharks Game. He probably needs some “me-time” at the fire (joke)
  3. Braai at 16h00 and then just snack through the games…maybe get a pizza at 9… not a good idea
  4. What about a potjie. Time is on your side and after the second match you’ll have a great meal


Here is a Lamb potjie recipe – Must be lamb because there’s more sheep than people in All Black country.

The Recipe: Leg of Lamb in the Potjie

Viva La Rugby-omnibus

The Haka in Soweto …priceless

Posted in South Africa, Sport on August 18, 2010 by ribshackred

The Haka is one of the great traditions in world sport.

Although they have changed it and perform different versions every game,  it still gives me goose bumps. This weekend in Soweto ….The Haka in front of 80 000+ South African …priceless.

 Here is the Haka from the last AB vs SA test.

WP vs Blue Bulls: Let’s make food not war – Braai a steak with red wine sauce

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Rib Shack Red, Wine, Wine and dine on August 13, 2010 by ribshackred

This weekend it is the titanic North vs South clash between the Blue Bulls and WP.

Let’s make food not war so what about a steak (from the north) with a lovely Cape red wine.  The fusion will be synergetic and it will taste just great.

This is a great steak braai recipe and if you like you can serve the steaks with a Sweet Onion Bernaise Sauce (Its is funky, creamy mushroom sauce)



  • 4  – 3cm thick strip steaks or rib steaks
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons garlic herb seasoning or combination of 1 teaspoons dried herbs and 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper or about 1 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


Place steaks in a large food storage bag. Add remaining ingredients. Marinate for 2 to 4 hours, turning occasionally to keep the steaks coated with liquid.

Braai it your way but I suggest that you use tongs or a spatula (do not pierce) to turn steaks.
If desired, serve with Creamy Sweet Onion Bearnaise Sauce.


Too much of a good thing, can be wonderful – just add honey

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, South Africa on August 11, 2010 by ribshackred

I love to braai chops but someone once said that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Can this be applicable to me and my chop braaing?  

I back the quotes of Mae West who said too much of a good thing can be wonderful and Shakespeare (Wikkelspies)  who asked  “Can one desire too much of a good thing?”

So , I decided to think out of the box and try a new chop braai recipe. They say variety is the spice of life and I embraced this by braaing  Honey Lamb chops

Honey Lamb Chops Recipe

2 tbs clear honey
3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs soft brown sugar
2 tbs cornflour
Zest of 1 orange, plus 2 tbs juice
2 tbs Braai Seasoning (your choice)
8 lamb chops (loin chops is the best)

Mix together the ingredients for basting sauce. Paint the sauce onto both sides of the chops.

Braai it your way.

Serves probably four but if friends from the platteland is visiting I’ll add more chops.


The best 4×4 trails in SA?

Posted in 4x4, Men, South Africa on August 11, 2010 by ribshackred

South Africa is one of the best places in the world to experience the wilderness and to do adventurous 4×4 trails.

There has been a lot of  debates at campfires among the SA  4×4 community about the best 4×4 trails in the country.

There are a number of great 4X4 trails in South Africa that are not to be missed. One of note is the Marakele 4×4 Eco Trail, located within Marakele National Park. This is a three day, two night trip that requires existing 4X4 skill and experience due to it’s challenging nature. Anyone who has explored this trail will tell you that it is worth it! The trail is renowned for its beauty and will be a joy for any lover of the bush to explore.

The Boegoeberg Trail is, many claim, one of the best 4X4 trails in South Africa. It boasts spectacular panoramic views, a stone house two and a half kilometers from the base, and a campsite. Routes average a 4 grading. Luxurious facilities are also available.

What’s your call? Do you have a favourite 4×4 trail?


Massive dune with 4×4

Posted in 4x4, Men on August 6, 2010 by ribshackred


Check out this massive dune.

With what 4×4 will you take on this dune?