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Raw boerewors
Place of origin South Africa
Main ingredient(s) Minced meat

Boerewors ([ˈbuːrəvors]) is a type of sausage popular in South African cuisine. The name is derived from the Afrikaans words boer ("farmer") and wors ("sausage"). Boerewors must contain at least 90 percent meat - always containing beef, as well as lamb or pork or a mixture of lamb and pork. The other 10% is made up of spices and other ingredients. Not more than 30% of the meat content may be fat. Boerewors may not contain any “mechanically recovered” meat (meat derived through a process where meat and bone are mechanically separated).


Boerewors is based on an older traditional Dutch sausage called the verse worst, though it differs somewhat in its ingredients.[citation needed] It is made from coarsely minced beef (sometimes combined with minced pork, lamb, or both) and spices (usually toasted coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves and allspice). Like many other forms of sausage, boerewors contains a high proportion of fat, and is preserved with salt and vinegar, and packed in sausage casings. Traditional boerewors is usually formed into a continuous spiral. It is often served with pap (traditional South African porridge / polenta made from mielie-meal). Boerewors is also very common throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as with expatriate communities in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Guinness World Record

On 3 May 2014, the Guinness World Record for braaing the longest boerewors in the world was broken in South Africa. It measured 1,557.15 m (5,108.8 ft) in length. The boerewors was distributed freely to old-age homes and the Abraham Kriel Orphanage.[1] Photos of Event


Boerewors is usually braaied (grilled outdoors), but may be grilled in an electric griller. Alternatively it can also be baked in an oven, or fried in a pan. In the latter case, no additional fat (such as butter or oil) is required. Simply pricking the sausage with a fork several times will produce a sufficient quantity of its own fat to fry in. A local variant of the hotdog is the boerewors, or "boerie", roll which is a piece of boerewors in a hotdog bun, often served with a tomato, chili and onion relish.


The many varieties of boerewors include specialties such as garlic wors, kameeldoring (camel thorn), Karoowors (sausage from the Karoo region in South Africa), and spekwors (made with extra cubed pork fat). Other ingredients include cheese and chilli peppers.

A similar sausage may also be made from the meat of different animal species, such as kudu, and springbok, but it may not be sold as boerewors. Instead, it is named after the predominant meat species, but only if it contains at least 75% meat from that specific species.[2] When a sausage is made from different types of game, it is called "game sausage".

Boerewors does not keep well unrefrigerated. A similar dried or cured sausage called droëwors is prepared instead in a process similar to the preparation of biltong. Droëwors has become popular in its own right as a snack.


The preparation and grilling of boerewors has become a fine art with many local, regional and national competitions taking place. Shoprite, South Africa's largest supermarket chain,[3] hosts an annual competition to determine the best new preparations. The winner of this competition has the privilege of having their product/recipe manufactured and sold in all Shoprite stores nationwide, under the Championship Boerewors brand.


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  3. The 5 Largest Retailers In South Africa. Accessed on September 8, 2014.