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How to Grill Churrascaria-Style

A _churrascaria_ is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak house that features an amazing array of spit-roasted meats. Recreate the experience at home with these tips.


  • Step 1: Select the meat Select the meats. Churrascarias serve anywhere from three or four to a dozen or more different cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Get some bacon; at least one meat option should be wrapped in it.
  • Step 2: Plan accompaniments Plan a hot and cold buffet of salads and side dishes to accompany the parade of protein.
  • TIP: Consider including feijoada, a stewed bean, sausage, and pork dish that's common in Brazil.
  • Step 3: Prepare the barbecue Simply season the different cuts of meat with sea salt on each side. Then stick them on metal skewers and grill them over charcoal, cook them in a rotisserie, or roast them over a fire pit. True churrasco -- the meat cooking style favored in churrascarias -- is never cooked on a gas grill.
  • TIP: Remember to cook steaks to different temperatures to please all your guests' palates.
  • Step 4: Serve the meat table-side Bring the cooked meats -- still on the skewers -- to the dinner table and slice off servings for each guest.
  • Step 5: Have STOP and GO signs Provide guests with two-sided coasters, red on one side, green on the other. Ask them to display the red side if they want you to STOP bringing meat, and the green one up if they want you to GO ahead and keep the grilled goodies coming.
  • Step 6: Serve dessert Offer a variety of Brazilian-style sweets; banana, coconut, and tropical fruits are popular dessert ingredients. Now revel in the glow of sending your guests home full and happy.
  • FACT: The churrasco grilling style was inspired by Brazilian gauchos, or cowboys, who cooked their meat on skewers over open fires.

You Will Need

  • Meats
  • Bacon
  • Hot and cold buffet
  • Sea salt
  • Metal skewers
  • Charcoal grill
  • rotisserie
  • or fire pit
  • Serving platters and knives
  • Red and green coasters
  • Desserts
  • Feijoada (optional)

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