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Nyama Spitbraai: home of fuss-free flavour

Talking of spit braais, a catering company in South Africa has grown from a small backyard business in 2006 to an organization that coordinates events for thousands of people at a time. Nyama Spitbraai is owned by Francois Wessels, who set up the South African branch after two acquaintances started doing spit braai catering in London after finishing their studies. Starting with two spit braai machines with two chefs braaiing about six lambs per week, the business now has 30 machines and a workforce of about 60, and braais around 100 lambs each week – feeding about 2,000 flavor-loving folksin the process.

We quizzed Francois on exactly how these work, what the average Nyama Spitbraai parties are like and the most popular or unusual dishes in their repertoire.

Can you describe the power of the spit braai?

“A spit braai usually involves cooking a whole lamb/hog over open fire or an enclosed machine with gas. The open fire cooking method is the true way to do a spit braai but takes about eight hours to cook so this does not make business sense if you cook the amount of meat we do. We have however perfected the stainless steel gas spit braai and some say the taste is better than over a fire. Our machines can cook a whole 25kg (55 lbs) lamb in about three hours. Our newest edition is our Ox braai machine that can cook a whole 200kg (440 lbs) ox in six hours and feed up to 1,000 people.”

Nyama Spitbraai’s ox braai. Image courtesy of Nyama Spitbraai.

 Which foods do people most want to get their hands on?

“Our most sought after item is the lamb spit braai; lots of clients will often order just lamb, freshly baked bread rolls and then see how many lamb burgers they can eat. I would say a close second for most popular item is a boerewors roll with some tomato and onion sauce.”

What else goes down at one of your braais?

“A normal braai scene on a nice summer’s day will be friends and family having drinks that we supply, with a nice fire going next to a Nyama lamb on the spit. By sunset the DJ will start pumping some local Afrikaans music – my brother Robbie Wessels is a local singer and actor so his music goes well with a braai. We can even set up a photo booth to capture the day’s event and keep the kids busy.”


Nyama Catering


Nyama Spitbraai has been feeding the South African nation since 2006, with passion, glory and pride.

Everyone at Nyama Spitbraai is passionate, to a somewhat unhealthy extent, about creating stylish, stunning & mouth-watering events.

Our food is addictive, our service is unparelleled, our quality is assured and our commitment is a guarantee for the success of your function.