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Brazilian Style Picanha Steaks or Joint

Brazilian Style Picanha Steaks or Joint


By Jeff Baker

"Having begun his career in a professional kitchen in 1983, Jeff Baker has since cooked for the Queen, and worked alongside some of the world’s top chefs, such..."

A world cup winner, the Picanha is the South Americans favourite steak. Cut from the rump cap, it boasts a rich layer of creamy fat and rich indulgent meat. The best way to cook this steak is more similar to a roasting joint, in a whole piece fired over burning charcoal or wood.

Meat Method:

  1. Remove the steaks or joint from the fridge an hour or so before cooking, and pre hart the BBQ or oven to 180oc (the BBQ will need a lid if using this method).
  2. Massage the meat just prior to cooking with flakes of sea salt, and plenty of cracked black pepper, then place on a roasting tray. No extra oil is required as the meat has plenty of fat to lubricate itself.
  3. If using the Picanha joint, place in the BBQ using a tray as an indirect heat source, or pop in the oven. Roast until the core temperature is 54 oc when probed (58oc for a medium cooked joint). This should take approximately 45 minutes but keep a close eye on the joint.
  4. Once cooked leave to relax in a warm place for 20 minutes or more.
  5. If using steaks, cook on direct heat source either on the BBQ or in a griddle pan. Render some of the fat over a medium heat before charring, working to the same core temperatures.

Sauce Method:

  1. To serve I make a Chimichurri Sauce, taking a bunch of flat parsley leaves finely chopped, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, 100ml of olive oil, 1 red onion finely chopped, 100ml of aged red wine vinegar, a pinch of chilli flakes, smoked paprika, and sea salt.
  2. Simply mix all these together and leave to infuse for an hour or so to marry together the flavours.
  • The Ingredients
  • Ingredients for Picanha Feast
  • 1 x 1.25 KG Picanha Joint or 4 x 250g Picanha Rump Cap Steaks
  • 1 x Bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 4 x Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 x Red Onion
  • 100ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 100ml Olive Oil
  • Paprika
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Sea Salt

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