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Brazilian Barbecue Beef Kebabs: Churrasquinho

What's the big idea?

As stated elsewhere on this site, Brazilians love to barbecue. A Brazilian BBQ can turn into an all-day affair, with mountains of beef and pork being slowly cooked over a huge open fire while large quantities of cold beer are consumed. With large cuts of meat, it is quite common for each guest to have a sharp knife and to trim cooked meat from the joint as it is cooking, leaving the rare meat behind on the barbecue to continue cooking. With this recipe, because the beef is cubed and cooked on skewers, it cooks quickly so there is no need for this practice.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 1lb beef tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • 8oz bacon
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Skewers - soaked in water if wooden

What To Do

  • Cut the beef into cubes - between ¾-1 inch across. Cut the bacon into 1 inch squares
  • Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper
  • Add the beef, mix well, cover and refrigerate. Leave to marinate for about 2 hours
  • Pre-heat your grill or barbecue
  • Thread the beef and bacon onto the skewers, alternating the two
  • Grill or barbecue until cooked to your liking, basting with leftover marinade if necessary

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