The braai is a common South African barbecue, which is a social event that usually involves lots of singing, drinking, and eating. “Braai” in Afrikaans means “to cook on a fire or grill”. On a braai, the meat is either first cooked in a kettle or barbecued in a pit. Braais are used for celebration, fun, and entertaining company.

Braai is a South African term that refers to an outdoor barbecue. It is a staple of South African society. Braai has become a popular cooking method all over the world. These days it is popular to cook at home, on your kitchen stove with a portable braai. What could be better than a braai inspired T-Bone Steak?

When served with potatoes, braai-inspired t-bone steaks are a great dish, but they also make a great alternative to a more traditional steak. They are tender and delicious, and are a great addition to any braai.


There are some meals that I wish I could eat again. I’m particularly interested in the ones that not only taste good but also have a narrative to tell. When I was in college, I chose to study abroad for six months in Cape Town, South Africa, and the cuisine there blew me away. Braai was one of my favorite experiences, and it was this that inspired my Braai Inspired T-Bone Steak dish.

If you like steak, you may like my Flank Steak Pinwheels, Steak au Poivre, and Flank Steak with Pan Gravy dishes.

Braai Inspired T-Bone Steak from overhead in a cast iron skillet.

What exactly is a braai?

The word braai comes from South Africa and refers to both grilling and social gatherings. A Braai (pronounced Bry) is comparable to a barbeque in the United States and is derived from the African term Braaivleis (Roasted Meat).

Grilling: Typically, braai consists of a range of grilled meats. There is no one kind of meat or spice, similar to a US barbecue, although popular meats include beef, boerewors, and chicken, among others.

In my own perspective, the biggest difference between an American barbeque and a South African Braai is the culture around it. A braai is a social event in which friends and family cook meat on the same grill, enjoy the same cooking experience, and eat the same meal. This article is written in South African and goes into more detail on what a braai is and how to have a braai.

This recipe for Braai Inspired T-Bone Steak is influenced, which means it was inspired by my travels overseas, but it is not a typical South African dish. Those outside of South Africa should hopefully attempt this dish and wish to try more in the future.

Braai Inspired T-Bone Steak in a cast iron sliced.

What is Braai Spicing, and how does it work?

The strong taste of the meat comes to mind when I think of a braai. Meat was always prepared fresh and seasoned with a wonderful mix of spices, whether I went to a friend’s house or Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. To make this dish, I used paprika, coriander, garlic, cumin, and other spices to create a flavorful mixture. Although there is no standard spice mix for braai, several of these spices are included in most braai spice blends.

Braai Inspired T-Bone Steak in a cast iron skillet.

What is the best way to cook a t-bone steak?

To prepare this steak, I mixed up the dry rub and rubbed it all over the meat, making sure to cover every inch. I cooked it in my cast iron skillet to achieve a nice sear and crust. I put a little vegetable oil in my pan and heated it up to high heat before adding the meat. It just takes approximately 4 minutes each side to cook. Before slicing and serving, I let it rest for approximately five minutes.

While braai is traditionally prepared on the grill (and you are free to do so with this recipe), I live in an apartment in the city and don’t have access to a barbecue, so I’ve created an inside version.

How to cook a t-bone steak on the barbecue

Preheat your grill to high to ensure that the grates are scorching hot and ready to create grill marks and a wonderful crust. Cook for 5 minutes by placing the steak directly over the hot surface.

Cook for a further 2-3 minutes on the other side, or until desired doneness is reached. Rotate the steak 90 degrees at the 2 12 minute point if you want crisscross grill marks.

Braai Inspired T-Bone Steak sliced in a cast iron skillet.

What to serve with T-Bone Steak Inspired by the Braai

This steak would be delicious with roasted brussel sprouts, steamed broccoli, or a starchy side like mashed potatoes. A side of pap (a maize porridge) is a necessity if you really want to go all out South African for this dinner!

Required Ingredients

  • 1 T-Bone Steak 1 T-Bone Steak 1 T-Bone Steak 1 T-Bone Steak 1 T-Bone Steak
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ Tbsp Salt
  • 12 tbsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cloves (Ground)
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp Allspice

Needed Equipment

  • Skillet made of cast iron
  • Tongs
  • Knife of a Chef
  • Board for cutting

Storage Suggestions

Refrigerate for up to 4 days if stored in an airtight container. To reheat, warm in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop until well warmed.


braai dry rubbed t-bone steak

T-Bone Steak with a Dry Rub on the Braai


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With this Braai Dry Rubbed T-Bone Steak dish, you can bring the tastes of South Africa to your table. This steak is a must-try thanks to a delectable dry rub!


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Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 10 minutes

20 minutes total




Course Description:

American cuisine



2 servings

calorie count: 546 kcal




Knife of a Chef


Board for cutting




Skillet made of cast iron




StandardMetric in the United States



  • 1 T-Bone Steak
  • 2 tbsp Oil (Vegetable)

Dry Rub

  • 12 tablespoons salt
  • 12 tbsp black pepper, ground
  • paprika, 2 tsp
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tsp Cloves (Ground)
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon allspice





  • To make the dry rub, combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing basin and whisk until completely combined.

  • Coat the steak with dry rub until it is well coated.

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook for 4 minutes each side in a skillet, or until desired doneness is reached. Allow 5 minutes for resting before slicing and serving. Enjoy!



calorie count: 546 kcal 10 g carbohydrate 37 g protein 40 g fat 21g Saturated Fat 95 milligrams of cholesterol 1847mg sodium 733 mg potassium 4 g fiber 0 g sugar 1505 IU Vitamin A 1.7 milligrams of vitamin C 79 milligrams of calcium 5.8 milligrams of iron




Dry-Rubbed T-Bone Steak on the Braai



This is no ordinary T-bone steak. First of all, we are not going to beat around the bush: it’s not a regular T-bone steak. We are going to braai it. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, braai is a South African method of cooking meat on a barbecue pit. If you have ever tried braai beef, you know it is tender, melting, flavorful and quite delicious.. Read more about t-bone steak marinade and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best steak for a braai?

The best steak for a braai is a rib eye.

Why did T Bone steak get banned?

T Bone steak was banned because it is a racist slur.

How long does steak take to braai?

It takes about 10 minutes to braai a steak.

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