One of Brazil’s most delectable grilled meats: picanha. Pronounced “pee-KHA-nyah” in Portuguese, this tender cut of beef is indisputably a carnivorous heaven on earth.
Around 2 to 2.3kg per slab.
About the producer Stockyard Angus Beef
Stockyard’s long fed beef is derived from Angus cattle fed on a specially formulated high energy grain ration for a minimum of 200 days at Kerwee Feedlot. The meat from our Angus beef cattle is popular in fine-dining restaurants throughout the world and is renowned for its sensational taste and guaranteed tenderness. Stockyard Gold has been a consistent medal winner at branded beef competitions held in Australia over the last 20 years. To guarantee taste, flavour and safety, Stockyard uses locally grown wholesome wheat, barley and sorghum. Under Stockyard’s Ausmeat verified “Natural Program”, absolutely no growth promotants, antibiotics, animal by-products or genetically modified (GMO) feed products are used.
Note: Actual product may be slightly different from image.
How to barbecue picanha at home
The most important part of preparing Picanha is buying the right meat.
What to do
1. Cover the meat and rest at room temperature for 20 minutes. If you’d like to serve it on a big skewer like they do in churrascaria restaurants, cut the picanha into three pieces against the grain. Picanha is a big piece of meat and should be cut again at home before grilling. If you don’t have the large skewer you can still grill picanha in thick steaks.
2. Season the meat with thick, coarse salt. Traditionally, Brazilian cuisine celebrates the flavours of the meat so not much seasoning is needed. However, if you fancy spicing it up a little bit, try the below steps to create Chilli & Lime Picanha skewers.
• Chop 5 jalapeno peppers, 1 onion and blend in a food processor along with 1 tsp. salt and 2 cloves of garlic. Blend together until a paste is formed and then place the mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. This will be your serving sauce.
• Mix together 1 chopped onion and 4 cloves of garlic and whisk together with 2 tbsp of oregano, 120ml lime-juice, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbsp of salt and a little black pepper. This will be the marinade for the meat.
• Place your cuts of meat into a large dish and pour the marinade over ensuring all of the meat is coated. Cover and place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.
3. Now you’re ready to Churrasco! (That’s South American for grilling). Remove the jalapeño concoction from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature in preparation for serving. Remove the meat chunks from the marinade and discard any excess before sliding onto skewers. Place the steak skewers onto the grill and cook for around 2-3 minutes on each side. Do not turn the meat over until the first side is nearly burnt, but the meat is still about 20-30 degrees from being 'done'.
4. Place the piping hot skewers onto a serving platter along with the spicy jalapeño sauce from earlier. Don’t worry about serving the picanha all at once, in traditional churrascaria restaurants, the meats are served a little at a time, as soon as they come off the grill, so serve and enjoy… ¡Salud!