There’s nothing like getting off a plane, being able to breeze through customs and breathing in the warm air of your destination.
My flight from JFK took about 12 hour including flight and check in. This wasn’t my first time to Brazil and it won’t be the last.
Brazil is a magical place filled with warm people, a beautiful culture, and amazing food!
In my next two articles I will be going over a popular style of restaurant that’s filled with different cuts meat, and the other I will be writing about is a popular dish that’s the ” soul food ” of Brazil
Rodizio ( Churrascaria )
Is a restaurant that’s based around meat! You may have seen or heard of one before! If you love meat, than this is the place for you! Meats of all kinds is cooked on a giant skewers, while a waiter serves it to you.
The meat is cooked over a fire pit and re-inserted to give the meat a nice char for each serving.
Usually there is a buffet that serves other items such as salads, beans, fried bananas, and fried polenta.
In front of you there will be your typical utensils and a plate. After a few minutes you’re greeted by a server with a large spit of meat. You will notice either a ” block or sign ” that will have green on one side and red on the other.
If the block or sign has the red side up, the means the servers will stop coming over to you, but if the ” block or sign ” is green, then they’ll keep serving you meat.
It’s the same principle as a ” traffic light ” green means ” go ” and red means ” stop!”
When you’re ready to try a piece of meat the server will come over to you and with a pair of tongs. Grab the meat with the tongs as the server cuts the meat off the spit.
It’s like a buffet of rotating meat with different for you to try.
There’s a bunch of different kinds of meat that will be served. Beef, pork, chicken and sometimes lamb. Each restaurant has thier own cuts that they serve. It’s usually adds up to 8 different cuts of meat to try. Portuguese sausage ( linguiça ) is also cooked over a fire pit and served. The sausage tastes great!
Cuts of meat that you will be served are as followed.
Top round ( Beef )
Picanha – Sirloin tip ( Beef )
Short ribs ( Beef )
Contra filet – strip steak ( beef )
Filet mignon (beef)
Chicken breast ( chicken )
Chicken hearts ( chicken )
Whole chicken ( chicken )
What should you order ?
That’s entirely up to you! They’re alot of great cuts that are served! It’s up to you to pick them out!
I prefer the linquiça , pork belly and the Picanha. I never pass up chicken hearts either. They’re a little chewy , but taste great. The linguiça, I like both plain and hot. The Picanha is the best cut of beef on the menu.
As far as drinks are concerned………. I recommend …
For a non-acholic drink I would recommend guarana.
As for acholic drinks skol and Bohemia are great beers for you to try. If you’re in mood for a cocktail, order a Caipirinha. I always will order one when im at a rodizio.
If you’re unable to go to Brazil, but would like to eat at a rodizio, don’t fret. They’re rodizio restaurants in most major cities.
Fogo de chào is popular Brazilian radizio restaurant chain in the united states.
If you want to try to bbq Brazilian style at home check out this kit click here. It’s a great kit and will impress your friends and will leave everyone with a happy stomach.
Thank you for reading this article! I hope you enjoyed it. Watch for ” The soul food of Brazil ” coming out soon!
The Hamptons butcher