Last updated on May 11th, 2018 at 02:35 pm

From what to eat, what to drink and how to make your outdoors 100% braai-worthy, the October issue of Good Housekeeping/Goeie Huishouding, offers a whole host of clever tips, buys and recipes that will make your summer braais extra special.

Here, editor Sally Emery, shares her seven top braai tips from the special feature:

  • To keep cooked sausages juicy, place them on a bed of sliced raw onions in a foil pan. Add a little warm beer, cover and keep on a cooler part of the braai.
  • A squeeze of lemon on just-braaied boerewors brings out all the flavour.
  • Fill Consol Jars with homemade lemonade, pieces of fruit and mint and freeze them. Take them out half-an-hour before guests arrive, top up with cold soda water and a shot of vodka (or not) and add a pretty straw.
  • For a night-time summer soirée, fill an empty birdbath with water, floating candles and colourful flowers.
  • Make your braai area a mozzie-free zone by planting plants nearby that repel mosquitos such as citronella, basil, lavender, mint and rosemary.
  • Pot rosemary in bright coloured pots close to the braai area and next time you’re braaing lamb chops, snap off a stalk and throw it on the coals to add a smoky rosemary flavour.
  • Hosting a beach braai? Keep a bottle of baby powder handy as it gets sand off legs and feet in an instant. Also save old sunscreen bottles, clean them out and use them as discreet holders for keys and sunglasses.

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