10 Top Brazilian BBQ Recipes To Invigorate Up Your Dinner

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Barbecues are a great way to share food and fun with your friends and family during the summer.

10 Top Brazilian BBQ Recipes To Invigorate Up Your Dinner

However, if you are having barbecues all the time, you might get bored with making the same food every time you break the grill out. Thankfully, there are wonderful barbecue recipes from all over the world.

In this article, we will look at some of the most delicious and impressive barbecue recipes from Brazil that will help to invigorate your dinner.

1. Brazilian Churrasco (Mixed Grill)

If you really want to get into the Brazilian spirit, Churrasco is the only dish you need. This is the national barbecue of Brazil and is enjoyed all across the country. With this dish, Brazilians have managed to turn spit roasting into an art form.

Churrasco is essentially a mixed grill where the meats are cooked on a rotisserie. The name is believed to come from the Spanish word socarras, meaning to burn or singe something.

This dish uses an unusual cut of beef, top capped sirloin. This is the top piece of sirloin from the cow with a thick layer of fat on the top.

The chicken is marinated in garlic, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Then you just need sweet peppers, sausages, and onion layered on skewers to complete your mixed grill.

2. Brazilian Picanha BBQ

Another staple dish of a Brazilian barbecue is Picanha. This is one of the most popular cuts of meat used in Brazilian barbecue. This meat is often presented with strips skewered into U-shapes.

Because this cut of meat is already naturally flavorful, the marinade that it requires is very simple and is used to simply enhance the natural flavor.

In Brazilian barbecues, this cut of beef is likely to be marinated in salt, oil, pepper, and herbs Provencal.

For an authentic flavor, this meat should be grilled over charcoal rather than on a gas grill.

However, you can add the desired smoky flavor to the meat using liquid smoke if you only have gas available. This will give you a real Brazilian barbecue experience.

3. Brazilian-Style Beef Ribs

Ribs are a classic addition to any barbecue. However, with this recipe, you can easily add a Brazilian twist to bring some extra flavor to your dinner.

When cooked properly, the meat is so tender it practically falls off the bone which makes it super easy to eat.

The most incredible thing about these ribs is that they are only seasoned with salt and yet they are bursting with flavor.

The secret to these amazing Brazilian ribs lies in the quality of the meat. Therefore, it is best to visit a butcher rather than your grocery store.

In order for this dish to be truly authentic, it is best to use a rack of whole ribs rather than short ribs.

All you need to do to prepare these ribs is rub them with salt and then gently baste them with water throughout the cooking process to prevent them from drying out too much.

4. Brazilian Cachaca (Chicken Skewers)

Although beef and pork are very popular choices of meat for any barbecue, there is always room for some chicken dishes.

This recipe for Brazilian Cachaca or chicken skewers is a great addition to your barbecue dinner.

The star of this dish is definitely the marinade. Made from herbs, lime, and cachaca, you’ll never want to go back to honey and soy.

Cachaca is Brazil’s main distilled spirit which brings a unique sweetness to the dish thanks to the sugarcane content.

These delicious skewers are best when they are made using chicken thighs. However, if you prefer chicken breast, that can work too.

The key to making this dish stand out is allowing the marinade to penetrate the meat for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.

5. Brazilian Chicken With Coconut Milk

This is a slightly different recipe that is perfect to bring to a barbecue with friends as an additional dish. You can also grill the chicken on your barbecue while the sauce is made inside.

This is a very simple dish to make but is bursting with so many flavors that your family and friends will think you have been slaving over a hot stove for them.

The chicken is flavored with cumin, cayenne pepper, cilantro, and turmeric to give a really warm heat to it.

The sauce, which can be made ahead of time, consists of coconut milk, onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes. Simply pour the sauce over the cooked chicken when you are ready to serve.

6. Grilled Fish With Brazilian Garlic Marinade

Sometimes, you want to skip the heavy red meat dishes at a barbecue. Thankfully, there are some wonderfully light barbecued fish recipes that are perfect for your Brazilian barbecue dinner.

This recipe for grilled fish with a Brazilian garlic marinade is the perfect light option to add to your barbecue.

The marinade itself is made from garlic, wine, and paprika to make a flavorful and smokey sauce for the fish.

This dish works particularly well with white fish such as sea bass or halibut. However, it can also work really well with some beautiful salmon filets.

Simply marinade the fish in the sauce for around an hour before cooking them directly on the grill.

7. Tutu De Feijao (Brazilian Refried Beans)

Barbecues aren’t all about the main meat dishes. No barbecue is truly complete without some amazing side dishes to accompany the meat you have been marinating for hours. Tutu de feijao is the ultimate Brazilian barbecue side dish.

This dish is a Brazilian version of the Mexican refried beans that you may be more familiar with. The dark color of these beans adds some drama to your barbecue as well as plenty of flavors.

To get the incredible color in this dish, you should use black beans.

The dish also contains bacon and is thickened with cassava flour. This helps to make sure this dish is hearty and filling. The ultimate Brazilian dish.

8. Farofa (Toasted Cassava Flour)

Another incredible Brazilian side dish is farofa. If you are not familiar with Brazilian cuisine, you might find the idea of eating toasted flour a bit off-putting.

However, this quintessential dish boasts a wonderfully bacony crunch to your barbecue food.

The texture of this side dish is similar to that of bread crumbs. When it is sprinkled on top of rice, refried beans, or even picanha, it adds a beautiful crunch and additional flavor.

This simple side is the perfect choice to give your barbecue some Brazilian authenticity.

Traditionally, this dish is made with garlic, butter, and bacon. Because of the nature of the cassava flour, it soaks up all these flavors perfectly.

If you are catering to vegetarians and vegans, there are also recipes that fit those dietary requirements so everyone can join in.

9. Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

If you are looking for something sweet and fruity to add to your Brazilian barbecue, this is the dish for you.

This recipe for Brazilian grilled pineapple made the perfect side for beef dishes. The caramelized sugars provide the perfect contrast for all the savory dishes.

You can make this dish into wedge shapes or rings depending on what else you are serving and what is going to be easiest for people to eat. Best of all, from start to finish, this dish only takes 20 minutes to make.

Although this dish is meant to be a side dish served with barbecued meats, if you have some younger guests at your barbecue, it also works as a delicious sweet treat or dessert.

10. Couve À Mineira (Garlic Collard Greens)

Although meat dishes are the main event at barbecues, there should always be space for a vegetable dish, especially one that is this good.

Best of all, this particular side dish is super easy and quick to make so it won’t take you away from your guests for too long.

The thinly sliced collard greens make the perfect barbecue side dish that is easy to eat. Briefly cooking them in garlic and oil provides a delicious flavor that blends well with other Brazilian dishes.

This is a super healthy side dish that can help to round out your barbecue dishes and make sure that there is something for everyone.

You can also spice up this traditional Brazilian side dish by sprinkling it with some dried chili flakes for an additional kick.

Final Thoughts

Having a barbecue is a great way to combine family, friends, and food in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Bringing Brazilian food to the party is a great way to add some variety to your barbecue dishes and introduce people to different flavors and styles of cooking.

Best of all, all of these dishes are super simple to make and many can be prepared the night before to take all the stress out of hosting.