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Churrascaria Restaurant Steaks Recipe

Brazilian Beef At Its Best

The grills used by churrascaria restaurants in Brazil vary from 8-foot tall stainless rotisserie racks over gas flames, two huge concrete pits where the meat is suspended over charcoal on steel rods, to pits simply dug into the earth, framed by wooden logs, where the meat is on wooden skewers placed across the logs.

Here is a churrascaria-style steaks with chili-lime sauce recipe that is absolutely delicious:

5 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 teaspoons kosher or flake salt
2 White onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 (1/2 pound) sirloin steaks, 1 1/2 inches thick
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
1/3 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup loosely packed coarsely chopped Italian parsley

Combine the jalapenos, 1 teaspoon of the salt, half the onions, and one-third of the garlic in a blender or food processor, and process until a paste is formed. You will have about 1/2 cup. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Place the steaks in a large baking dish. Mince the remaining onion and garlic. In a bowl, whisk together the lime juice, wine, minced onion and garlic, oregano, bay leaf, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Pour the marinade over the steaks, turning to coat each steak evenly. Cover and refrigerate, turning every couple of hours, for 4 to 6 hours.

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to 450F. Make sure the grill rack is clean and oil it thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.

Remove the jalapeno-onion-garlic sauce from the refrigerator and set aside to bring to room temperature.

Remove the steaks from the marinade and wipe off the excess. Transfer the steaks to the grill over direct heat, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side, to an internal temperature of 145F for medium-rare.

Remove the steaks and place on a heated platter, cover with foil, let stand for five minutes. Serve with the sauce.

This churrascaria restaurant style recipe serves four.

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