Grilled Rotisserie Picanha


Grilled Rotisserie Picanha

Picanha is known as the king of meats in Brazil as it is the most popular and highest quality cut of meat. The meat is usually lean and capped with a thick layer of fat that adds a ton of flavor when cooked over a flame. In the United States, picanha is not widely known but it can be enjoyed at a Brazillian steakhouse such as Chima, Texas de Brazil, and Fogo De Chão. Outside of Brazil you may find picanha goes by other names such as sirloin cap or the rump cap, or culotte. If your local buthcer or grocery store does not carry picanha, you can always have it delivered to your door from a number of online retailers such as Snake River Farms.

This recipe is simple and all you need is meat, salt and fire! It does help to have an electric rotisserie for your grill however this is not required. The rotisserie method is a common way of cooking picanha and it self bastes the meat while the fat cap melts down. Eating the fat cap is up to you as it is less than healthy but can be absolutely delicious. Some people trim the fat cap to get an even thickness while others prefer to leave it as is. Salt is the only seasoning you need and do not be afraid by the amount used on picahna. The meat will not be ruined or over salty.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb top sirloin cap
  • ¼ cup BBQ salt

First you should trim away any silver skin on the meat side of the picanha. Remove any hanging bits on the sides to give the meat a nice edge. Next, as an optional step, use a sharp knife and trim away any excess fat from the fat cap. Try to leave behind an even amount of fat (about ½ inch) on top of the meat. Traditionally the fat cap should be left alone but some people do prefer to trim down the thicker areas. Next find the direction of the grain of meat and cut a shallow slice along with the grain. Turn the picanha so that the slice with the meat grain is running parallel with your cutting board. From one end of the picanha, measure a three finger width then slice off the first piece. Be sure to cut in a direction 90 degrees of the grain slice. Continue to slice the meat at a three finger width until it is fully sliced. Next season all sides of the picanha with a very coarse BBQ churrasco salt such as Sal Lebre. You can substitute with kosher salt however the grain is not large enough and the results will be different. Traditionally churrasco salt is the only seasoning required however if you are up for breaking tradition, add your favorite steak seasoning. Next curl up a slice lengthwise with the fat cap facing outward. Push the meat onto the rotisserie spit through the center. Continue with the remaining slices keeping them in a uniform direction. Next preheat your grill with all burners on low. Place the rotisserie spit on the grill and adjust the counterbalance weight. Start the rotisserie motor and close the lid. The rotisserie cook will take anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes depending on your grill and how done you prefer your steak. Stay close to the grill with this cook and be ready to deal with any fire issues caused by the rendering down of the fat cap. Ideally your rotisserie spit will be high enough from the flames to avoid flare ups. Use a thermometer to check the temperatures on the outer edges and also in the thick center. For a nice medium rare center, pull when temps reach 135 F in the center and the outer edges will be around 140 F. Rest the meat for 5 minutes then slice thinly down the spit and enjoy.

Grilled Taco Burgers


Grilled Taco Burgers

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and we’ve got your BBQ party food covered! Why make traditional corn shell tacos when you can grill up some taco burgers! So try out this delicious recipe for grilled taco burgers and you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 6 keiser burger buns
  • 1/2 stick salted butter

Start with a large bowl for chopped veggies, and a medium bowl for the ground beef mixture. First dice half of a white onion and place it into the large bowl. Take out ¼ cup of the onion and finely chop it, then place it in a medium bowl. Next dice 2 plum tomatoes and add them to the large bowl. Next pick 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves and place them in the large bowl. Following this, finely chop ¼ cup of cilantro and place it in the medium bowl. Next slice 2 jalapenos and put them aside in a small container. Wash and shred one heart of romaine lettuce and set it aside in another container.

Next, add the ground chuck to the medium bowl. Mix the beef, onion, and cilantro for about 1 minute until it is well mixed. Add in one packet of taco seasoning and mix together for another minute. Form the beef into 6 equal sized patties and place them on a cutting board. Add salt and pepper to the tops of the patties.

Next melt 1/2 stick of butter and brush the butter onto sliced keiser burger buns.

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees and then turn down all burners to low temp.

When your grill is preheated, grease the grill area and add the burger patties. Cook the burgers for 8 minutes, then flip and cook another 8 minutes. After this, move the burgers to the top rack of your grill, then add shredded cheese to burger patties. Place the keiser buns on the grill and allow everything to cook for 2 minutes with the grill lid closed. Remove the keiser buns and burger patties.

Assemble the burgers starting with the bottom bun followed by guacamole, shredded lettuce, burger patty, sour cream, onion tomato cilantro mix, shredded cheese, then sliced jalapenos. Finally add top bun and take a bite and enjoy.

Beer Brats


Beer Brats

Beer brats are a super comfort food that’s easy to make and you end up with a bunch of them! If you like grilled sausage and you have never tried beer brats, then you need to try this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 yellow or white onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 – 12 brats
  • 2 bottles or cans of beer
  • 1 pack hot dog buns
  • 1 pack swiss cheese

This recipe assumes 2 packages with usually 5 or 6 brats. First, chop the onion, pepper and garlic and add to a dutch oven or an 8 quart pot. Next add the butter to the pot and turn the heat to medium. Cook everything for about 5 minutes or until onions start to become translucent, then add the brats and the beer. Bring everything to a boil on medium high, then reduce back to medium. Allow beer to reduce down until ⅓ is remaining. This will take around 3 hours. At this point place brats on the grill to add color and fire flavor. Grill for about 5 minutes per side. Add a few hot dog buns with swiss cheese on the top rack for a few minutes. Place brats back into dutch oven and set burner on low. The brats are now ready to serve on buns topped with the onion and pepper mixture. As an alternative, skip the buns and serve with mashed potatoes.

Chili Con Queso


Chili Con Queso

Need a party appetizer for your Super Bowl party? Throwing a cinco de Mayo festival? Well check out this hearty cheese beefy dip for your tortilla chips!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chuck (20% fat)
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 3 jalapeno peppers
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or half n half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Chopping veggies – this can be done the night before (requires 3 containers)

Start by dicing the onion and place half in one container and the other half in another container. Do the same for the bell pepper. Chop or mince 2 garlic cloves and add to one container, then mince the remaining 2 cloves and add to the other container. Close one container and place in the refrigerator. Next remove the seeds and dice the jalapenos and poblano peppers. Add them to the remaining container. Close this container and place it in the refrigerator. Next, dice the tomatoes and chop the green onions and add to a new container. Pick 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves and add it to the container. Close the container and place in the refrigerator.

Carne

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef on medium high heat until it turns brown. When the beef is cooked, move it to a baking dish using a slotted spoon to allow the juices and fat to remain in the pan. Lower the heat to medium. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and garlic mixture to the pan. Add some salt and pepper then cook until the onions are nearly translucent (about 8 minutes). Add cumin, chili and chipotle powder, and cayenne and cook for 1 more minute. Add the broth and then add the cooked beef back into the skillet. Stir everything frequently and scrape any bits from the bottom of the frying pan into the mixture. Allow everything to simmer until the liquid is evaporated then transfer everything back to the baking dish.

Cheese sauce

Melt the butter in the skillet on medium heat. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, poblano and garlic mixture. Cook until the onions become translucent (about 8 minutes). Add half of the diced tomatoes and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Slowly add flour and stir until well mixed. Add the milk and allow the everything to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and slowly whisk in the shredded cheese. Add the cheese in parts at a time instead of all at once. As more cheese is added, it will become more difficult to whisk around. So you may need to increase the burner heat to help melt the cheese. After all the cheese is added and melted, pour the cheese mixture over the beef in the baking dish. Stir the beef and cheese to mix everything together. Top the cheese with spoonfuls of sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro. You can also add sliced jalapeños, bacon bits, more shredded cheese, hot sauce, or anything else you like.