Boerewors means farmer’s sausage. Boerewors – South African sausage is a popular South African dish that elicits many prideful feelings and emotions in the locals of this region. A variation of this sausage can be found in neighboring communities. Boerewors is popularly prepared in all seasons and for all types of functions, occasions and activities. It looks like a sausage coil and is loosely based on an older traditional Dutch sausage called verse worst. During national holidays and many other celebrations, braaing boerewors is a common outdoor activity. ‘Braaing’ is the Afrikaans’ word for barbecuing or grilling. Meat is the undisputed King of the Braai. The whole concept of braai has been adopted by English-speaking South Africans and by others with diverse ethnic backgrounds. Braaing is also a social custom and tradition in other neighboring countries like Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho in the South and even Zimbabwe and Zambia further North. In South Africa, they have an annual braai holiday in September.
1 1⁄2 lbs beef, coarsely ground
1 1⁄2 lbs boneless pork ribs, coarsely ground (must be at least 20% fat)
3 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2⁄3 cup white vinegar
Mix everything very well together. Stuff casings if used or shape into patties for the best hamburgers in the world! Barbecue or pan-fry 4 minutes on each side and serve these delicious Boerewors.