Churrasco: Brazilian Barbeque

published 7 years ago by Videos from The Culinary Institute of America

Churrasco is Brazil’s version of cowboy barbecue. Invented by the gauchos, the Brazilian horsemen who herded cattle in the Rio Grande do Sul region of Southern Brazil, Churrasco was originally a method of spit roasting cuts of meat by the fire. Today, the steakhouse style restaurants continuing this tradition of cowboy cooking are known as Churrascarias. Enormous automated charcoal and wood rotisseries have replaced the outdoor fire pits, but the slow roasting and basting process remains much as it was nearly two centuries ago.  For recipes, visit  

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