It's national Heritage Day tomorrow and already people are planning their outdoor braai activities. South Africans are getting ready to get together with friends and family, share a few beers and braai chops, and generally celebrate being part of this magnificent country. This year, take your grill skills to the next level by getting familiar with these cool braai tools and gadgets. You'll be the envy of every braai master in town...
Cool braai gadgets and tools
Braai gadget multi-tool
This cool-looking multi-tool is easy to use and super versatile. It features a compact stainless steel braai tool that converts into an egg lifter - in case you're planning a breakfast braai this Heritage Day. There's also a marinade brush, fork, pocket knife, corkscrew and standard braai tong. This is bound to cover all your grill needs, whether you're at home with your Weber or out on a picnic. And everything folds into a sleek suede bag. From R475 at Takealot
KitchenCraft stainless steel meat dial thermometer
Hell bent on cooking the perfect medium-rare rump steak? Or, do your meat requirements range from blue to medium-well with a touch of crunch? Rather than taking the risk and relying purely on skill, let this stainless steel dial-style meat thermometer take some of the guess work out of your braai day. It's easy to use and will get you cooking the perfect rare beef, cured ham or roast turkey. From R149 at Yuppiechef
Fold-up portable braai grid
Are you lucky enough to be spending your Heritage Day at some great local getaway spot far from the city stress? This collapsible braai grid is the perfect gadget to take with you. It'll come in handy on a camping trip or outdoor braai excursion and it's very easy to transport. The fold-up braai grid is also fairly light to carry, so you won't mind adding it to your backpack or luggage. And it will make a huge difference if you're using a grill you've never tackled before. From R399 at Takealot
Tonglite multipurpose illuminated braai tongs kit
Another snazzy and versatile braai kit to add to your collection. This time with the added benefit of a centrally-mounted light. Because we all know that when a braai starts at 5pm, you only land up eating at 8pm. The kit comes complete with a knife, bottle opener, grid scraper and multipurpose tongs with spatula. You also get additional accessories that can be fitted to the head for cleaning, and 1 AAA battery. From 419 at Yuppiechef
BBQ grill cleaner
Now for the final step in your Heritage Day braai extravaganza. No one likes cleaning a messy, meaty grill but this cordless, motorized cleaning brush will make your life much easier. Stand-out features include a brass-bristle rotary brush that spins to quickly strip away cooked-on food residue from your grill, as well as a sure-grip ergonomic handle and heavy-duty stainless steel scraper for the really tough spots. Don't leave cleaning to the next day; get it done quickly and painlessly. From R199 at Takealot
Now that you've got the gadgets, you should be all set to celebrate braai day in style. Have a happy Heritage Day!