What is Boerewors?

Boerewors is a type of sausage that originated in South Africa. The name Boerewors comes from the language Afrikaans, and translates literally to "farmers sausage". The name comes from a farmer choosing the best pieces of meat for himself and his farmers sausage before sending the rest off for sale.

Boerewors is most often made with a mix of meats, most commonly Beef and Pork. Boerewors has some specific rules for its composition, mainly that it must be a minimum of 90% meat. Boerewors is a coarsley ground sausage, that and its very high meat content make it a very meaty sausage. Other types of sausages contain a lot less meat than that, a normal sausage only needs to contain 75% meat, that's a lot less meat!

Boerewors spicing is mainly comprised of Coriander, Pepper and Cloves for its aromatic and tasty flavour. It is believed the recipe came from early migrants coming to South Africa from the Netherlands. At Baggie's we have a number of different types of Boerewors, the traditional pork and beef mix, a chill version, a 100% beef version (made from Halal products), and these come in both spiral and sausage form.

Boerewors is perfect on your barbeque (BBQ) or Braai as they call it in South Africa. Braai directly translates to "grill" in Afrikaans and is a very big part of South African culture and lifestyle. If you were to ask a South African what is unique to South Africa, they would most likely say Boerewors and Biltong! Take a look at out boerewors products below: