The History of Churrascaria



How did we get such delicious churrasco right here in Maple Grove? It all starts with the history of churrasco in Brazil. “Churrasco” is the Portuguese word for barbecue, and the term dates back to the 1600s in Sete Povos das Missões, a community created by the Jesuits. The seven Jesuit missions were supposed to be dismantled and relocated to the Spanish western side of the Uruguay River. The Guarani people living in the area refused, leading to the Guarani War. The Guarani tended to herds of livestock, which began roaming free and grew in numbers after the community was destroyed.

At the time, many people did not see the value in raising livestock and turned to gold instead. As a result, tropeiros (troop and commissions drivers of all those horses, cattle, and mules) began traveling across Brazil to offer the necessary supplies. They would make temporary camps and eat fresh meat roasted over hot stone coals seasoned with a little ash. Herders did the same but began to add salt to the meat as well. It was through this process that churrasco was born.

Churrasco became popular among the ranchers who had to be out on the range for weeks or months at a time. They began to cook the meat in a fire pit surrounded by skewers of meat stuck in the ground. Of course, today we replace the fire pit with the rotisserie grill and the sticks with skewers, but the fundamental recipes and techniques are the same. We even offer a salad buffet along with our churrasco because sometimes, history can be improved upon.

Welcome to Grill Hall Churrascaria in Maple Grove! Stop in today for an incredible Brazilian meal.

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