FARM MEAT All Steaks – “Plankie” Braai

(Recipe by Kobus Lourens)

Braai to use: Wood or Briquette fire – high temperature coals


  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil (¼-Cup)
  • Brown Vinegar (¾-Cup)
  • 3-5cm thick FARM MEAT Steak of your choice (+/- 400g – 600g)


  • The best is a fresh cut from Farm Meat kept in the fridge, but if your steak was frozen then defrost it a day in advance at least by leaving it in the kitchen at room temperature. Once defrosted, leave in the fridge to remain cool.
  • Take the steak out of the fridge and leave at room temperature 2 hours before it hits the grid. We need this steak to relax and breath, so it should lie there naked, thus remove it from the bag.
  • Pour ¾-Cup Brown Vinegar over the meat and add the ¼-Cup Olive Oil. Mix them thoroughly and leave for the remainder of the 2 hours. 
  • You need enough coals, so make enough fire. Wood gives it extra flavour.
  • Ensure the grid is sizzling from the heat and place the grid as close as possible to the fire.
  • Put that FARM MEAT steak on its side on the grid and seal it with the immense heat. Leave it here for 3-5 min until you can see it is sealed and then turn to do the same on the other side.
  • Whist remaining in the same position move the grid a little further away from the coals to lower the temperature ever so slightly. Leave your steak in this position for another 3-5 min.
  • Turn the steak so that the fat is flat on the grill. The dripping fat will flavour the smoke and fuel some extra taste. Leave it here for 1-2 min.
  • Dip the whole steak in the olive oil and brown vinegar mixture quickly, and put it back on the grid. 
  • Turn it to its side; give it a lot of salt, and grind a lot of black pepper. (or your favourite Spices) Leave for another 3 min, turn to the other side and repeat.
  • It should now be medium-rear towards medium, you can check it with a sharp knife to ensure it is, as you prefer.
  • Take it off the grid and leave it on an open chopping board for at least 5min.
  • With a sharp knife, slice the steak into slices (as thick as a smartphone).
  • Leave it on the chopping board; put some grinded salt and black pepper on the edge of the chopping board (plankie). You can leave some Worcestershire Sause to smother these on the side as well. 
  • Bon appétit! 


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