1. (South Africa) A barbecue, the Afrikaans word for grill.
2. (South Africa) An open outdoor grill built specifically for the purpose of braaing.
3. (South Africa) A social meeting, including the braaing of meat.
Come over to our place for a braai.
In simple terms a braai is a barbeque, but never say this to a South African!
Braai is a national institution in SA and the act of braaing almost exclusively a male activity (see I told you it was like a barbeque)! Basically set fire to some wood, let it burn down to the embers and away you go!
There are arguments that there is no place for anything other than meat and 'braai broodjies' at a braai but as an outsider I'm not going to get involved in that debate!
All I can say is that they are great!