In South Africa, bring on the braai
April 17th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
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Barbecued zebra anyone? How about warthog with peri-peri sauce?

Along with more traditional fare, these are the kinds of things you might find on a "braai," a specialized barbecue born of South Africa and over the last couple years seen around the world, thanks to a TV series.

South Africa's braai (barbecue) culture is one of the few things that truly cuts across racial and economic lines - just about every circle of friends here has its own "braai master."

In much the way cupcakes went from being a humble, if beloved, food item to the focus of TV shows, blogs and books, so too the braai has escalated in prominence and caught the imagination of the country in a new way.

"The Ultimate Braai Master" - a reality/game show that's an African mash-up of "MasterChef" and "The Amazing Race" - is gearing up for its third season in September.

The Travel Channel broadcast the first season to more than 100 million people around the world, including in the UK, Australia, India and China.

It's slated to be part of Vibrant TV's lineup in the United States in 2014.

All you need to make your own braai is a 40-gallon steel oil drum cut in half lengthwise to hold firewood, with a piece of tight cross-mesh burglar bar to support your meat and veggies.

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  1. Very Punny

    The mane thing to me has always been how well I can prepare big cat. I take pride in it and I'm not lion!

    April 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  2. TNT

    Warthog, possibly. (does it taste like bacon?) Zebra? Uh, no thanks.

    April 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
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