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The barbarian braai- Pat Lamb(ie) chops

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Food, Rib Shack Red, South Africa, Sport, Weekly Stuff on December 3, 2010 by ribshackred

The Springbok C-team will take on the best of Australasia as they will face the  star studded Barbarians on Twickenham.

So what to braai with this (mis)match is a tricky affair. You can braai the Barbarian way and do a “no-braai tools braai” or have a cutlery-free barbaric meal. This is maybe too messy so what about a Lamb(ie) chop prepared in  the Natalian curry style.

Pat Lambie ,new kid on the block,  was probably the find of the season and played a big role in the Sharks’ Currie Cup winning campaign.  

So my Saturday braai will be  red wine and  curry lamb(ie) chops.

Why red wine with the sauce?… Because I can.


Recipe: Pat Lamb(ie) Curry and Red wine chops


1.5kg braai lamb chops

1  tbsp Pako curry paste (or make your own curry powder mixture)

1 sliced onions

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 cups vinegar

1 cups  red wine – Rib Shack Red of course

3 tbsp apricot jam



Excluding the chops – Mix all remaining ingredients together in a pot and bring to the boil, lower the temperature and cook slowlyfor about 8 minutes. Allow to cool.

Pour over the chops and marinade overnight .

Braai it your way and enjoy the game!


Braai recipe with a taste of England- If you can stomach Stuart Barnes

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Food, South Africa, Sport, Weekly Stuff on November 26, 2010 by ribshackred

This weekend the Springboks play in probably their most important game of the year as losing to the English is not an option.

Some sadistic bloke at MNET decided that we must listen to the most one-sided commentator in the world in Stuart Barnes. This guy has the ability to change a normal springbok supporter in to an all out Rose – hater.

But hopefully we can stomach him for the game.

But back to the braai. What to braai to give the meal a taste of England?

If you think of English cuisine, Bangers and mash and  Fish and chips springs to mind but I don’t think this will work on a braai.

So according to Wikipedia  “The Sunday roast was once the most common feature of English cooking.”

So let’s do a Sunday roast on the Saturday to give the meal an English twist.

 I’m going to try a leg of lamb on the Weber.


1 x 2kg leg of lamb
1 lemon
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Half a cup of softened butter
Salt & pepper


Pierce the lamb all over with a sharp knife

Finely grate the lemon peel

Halve the lemon, & squeeze the juice over the lamb & leave to rest
Mix together the butter, garlic, lemon peel, herbs & seasoning

Pat this butter mixture onto the lamb – this takes a little patience, but is worth it – the butter will melt into the lamb – delicious!

Cover  this in foil, & cook  it on the Weber for 2 hours (indirect method). You need about an hour per kg.


Steak braai with a taste of Scotland

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Food, Sport, Weekly Stuff on November 19, 2010 by ribshackred

The Boks plays Scotland tomorrow and there are a few interesting braai recipes possibilities.

Scotland is not known for their lovely braai weather. In fact they say last year’s Scottish summer was on a Wednesday.

But they love their Whisky and are famous for the Angus cattle (Beef) so it would be appropriate to braai a steak with a whisky marinate.

But first some useless info about Whisky vs Whiskey.

Much is made of the word’s two spellings, whisky and whiskey. Today, the spelling whisky (plural whiskies) is generally used for whiskies distilled in Scotland, Wales, Canada, and Japan, while whiskey (plural whiskeys) is used for the whiskeys distilled in Ireland and the United States.

Recipe – Whisky steaks on the braai


  • 6x 250g sirloin steaks
  • 1/2 cup Whisky
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 /2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons mustard

Combine all ingredients except the steaks. Mix well. Place steaks in a large resealable bag. Pour marinade over top. Seal and refrigerate for several hours.

Braai it your way!

SA vs Aus prediction – Stop whining start winning

Posted in South Africa, Sport, Weekly Stuff on July 23, 2010 by ribshackred

The record shows that the Boks are not playing well when they travel to Brisbane. But this has to change as poor defence and a heap of excuses has derailed the Tri-Nations campaign.  

The press are having a field day with of the ball and of the field stuff. The coach’s misinterpreted comments, the team’s bully image and the crumbling (once impeccable) defence are stuff that must be addressed.

My quote for the game: In the movie The Rock with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, Connery says: “Losers always whine about their “best”! Winners go home and …” (something to do with the prom queen)…. ( Full quote ) .

So,  I say whatever it takes we must be winners again and play them of their feet. Stop whining and just dominate.   

Rugby365 predicts a Springbok victory by more than 10 points.

My call is that  this is a bit brave. I say a ugly win for the Boks… by 5 or less points

SA vs NZ prediction – We need that Men in Black gadget

Posted in South Africa, Sport, Weekly Stuff on July 16, 2010 by ribshackred


After last week’s thrashing the Springboks is definitely not the favourites in tomorrow’s Tri-Nations test against The Men in Black. Maybe we need that “forget-it-happened” gadget from Will Smith and  Tommy Lee Jones in The Men in Black movies to recover and wipe-out the embarrassment of last week.

At least we do not have to watch Bakkies Botha performing some of his stupid and Neanderthalic outbursts.  But that is then and now we are facing the world’s best in their back yard, wounded  and fighting for survival in the Tri-Nations.

Can we do it? Yes of cause. Will we do it…not likely according to Rugby 365.

Their prediction is as follows:  

“It’s hard to see the Springboks coming back well enough to win the match. It is silly to think that the All Blacks will suffer from overconfidence for that is not in the nature of the All Blacks. But Springboks with their backs to the wall are usually at their best. So we predict a New Zealand victory by about five points.

My call is if we are 15 against 15 for the whole match it is going to be close. But without Fourie (‘s a jolly good fellow) Du Preez and with no real enforcer (yster) on the bench, I think Rugby365 is spot on with SA to lose by five.

What is your prediction?

Braai Rules

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Men, South Africa, Sport, Uncategorized, Weekly Stuff, Wine on May 14, 2010 by ribshackred

Braai is much more than just a way to prepare your food.

There is certain braai etiquette, rules, processes and protocol that must be followed.

Here is a clip that shows some of the protocols etc.