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Brazilian Picanha Steak

A slice of traditional Brazilian BBQ. This picanha steak recipe will go down a treat at your next cook-off.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: BBQ, Brazilian
Servings: 4


  • 3 to 4 pounds top sirloin cap beef defrosted
  • kosher/coarse salt
  • black pepper


  • Preheat your grill to high. Prepare the steak by scoring the layer of fat on top. Do this into in one-inch squares.
  • Rub kosher or coarse salt into the fat layer of the beef, ensuring you get it into the crevasses created by you scoring the fat. Season with freshly ground pepper.
  • Sear the steak won the grill with its fat side down. Grill for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the steak from the heat and place back on a chopping board.
  • Slice into medium-thick strips and apply a sprinkle of more salt on each strip.
  • Put each steak strips back on the grill and cook for 20-25 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
  • Use a meat thermometer to monitor internal temperature. When the internal temperature reaches 130°F remove the steaks from the grill.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes. Serve up and enjoy.