Churrasco is a traditional Brasilian recipe of grilled beef on skewers. It was developed in the Rio Grande do Sul region by the “Gauchos” of Brazil many hundreds of years back. With the introduction of cattle ranching in the region the Gauchos were given the task of herding the cattle which gave birth to the innovative barbecue style. Beef, to be more specific sirloin was the meat traditionally used in this Brasilian recipe barbecue, but with time pork, lamb, poultry as well as other beef cuts also became popular for this unique cooking style. The preparation is very simple but delicious. In Churrasco the meats are smothered in sal grosso or sea salt / ahlo or garlic which is slowly cooked over blazing embers. Different marinades can be added according to you taste. The best part is that that the skewer can placed back in the oven in a different position based on the level of cooking needed. In south Brazil, meat is traditionally cooked about three feet adjoining the charcoal fire with skewers placed on the ground around open fire. It takes around 6 hours to cook and the meat can be left for a longer time with the fire away. Surface layers of the meat are sliced off as it cooks and eaten slowly. This could mean that the barbecue starts at lunch and ends at dinner! Salt-water baste used for cooking keeps the meat luscious and moist while it is cooking without adding anything else. The Recipe Ingredients for Churrasco: Beef tenderloin – 2 pounds Kosher salt – 2 tablespoons Garlic – 2 cloves minced Hot water -1 cup Garnish – to taste Method of Preparation: 1. Preheat the grill. 2. Slice the tenderloin into six same size pieces. 3. Keep low heat and place the meat pieces on the grill. 4. Make a salt-water solution and add garlic into it. 5. When the meat starts to cook base it with the salt water solution. The meat will brown on the outside. 6. Keep basting right through the time till the meat is done to your taste. In fact you can use any type of meat for this Brasilian Recipe. You can also cook Churrasco on a rotisserie.
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