1950H. GibbsTwilight in S. Afr. 155A braaivleis, the Afrikaner open-air party where chops and sausages are cooked over an open wood fire — similar to the American barbecue — is a feature of summer evenings.
1958R.E. LightonOut of Strong 3Everyone..gathered later at the farm for..the great braaivleis when boerewors and meat were roasted over pits of glowing redwood.
c1965State of S. Afr. 1965 107At outspan fresh meat was grilled on an open fire, known as braaivleis; but this word is now used for festive occasions and even for official functions held out of doors when meat is grilled over the open fire.
1968P. Sauer inD.J. OppermanSpirit of Vine 353A dinner-jacket at a braaivleis would look as ridiculous as casual clothes at a formal reception.
1971Daily Dispatch 6 Feb. 8In the smoke control regulations planned for the Johannesburg municipal area, residents will be permitted to have braaivleises in their gardens.
1975Darling 1 Oct. 30The main advantage of a braaivleis is that the South African male actually regards it as his privilege to cook the meat.
1986Vula July 39Bullets, teargas and sjamboks, pangas and necklaces..those icons of our own insanely vicious society..are as deeply a part of us, of our precious ‘way of life’ and ‘culture’, as braaivleises and Chevrolets.
1990R. MalanMy Traitor’s Heart 107You must understand that a braaivleis is no mere barbecue. It is a profound cultural ritual.
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