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What is a Churrascaria?

If you’ve ever heard someone mention churrascaria and you were not quite sure what that meant — you’re not alone. It’s a Portuguese word and in its simplest form can be thought of as a Brazillian steakhouse or barbeque establishment. In today’s blog post, we are going to define a few Portuguese terms that you may have heard pertaining to Brazillian steakhouses and include a little of the history behind the words too.

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Definitions You’ll Need to know

In order to fully understand churrascaria, it is important that we first define some of the common Portuguese terms that we’ll be using so that you can easily follow along.

Churrascaria — an establishment that serves churrasco.

Churrasco — a specific type of rotisserie-style barbeque native to Brazil.

Rodizio-Style — a common way that Brazillian steakhouses serve churrasco. Restaurant servers come around with the meat on skewers straight off the grill and carve it at the table.

Tropeiros — an entourage of droves of horse, cattle, and miles in Brazil in the 17th century.

What is a Churrascaria?

A churrascaria is a place that serves churrasco, or Brazillian barbeque. In American, we often call churrascarias Brazillian steakhouses. Churrasco is commonly served rodizio-style at the table. To put it simply, you can think of a churrascaria as a restaurant that serves Brazillian barbeque on skewers that is carved tableside. At many churrascarias in America, you can order from an extensive list of meats that are cooked rodizio-style including lamb chops, chicken, baby back ribs, and different cuts of beef.

A Brief History of Churrasco?

The tradition of Churrasco can be traced back to the 1600s. During this time, many of the locals had become gold miners and it was essential for someone to bring them supplies, tools, and food. Tropeiros traveled all over Brazil carrying merchandise. They were fundamental in the Brazillian economy for the slave trade, food, and tools. Tropeiros would make temporary camps wherever they traveled and cooked meat on sticks over hot stone coals for their meals. This was the beginning of churrasco. The tradition continued to grow and become a part of Brazillian culture and was eventually brought to America to enjoy.