Brazilian Style Garlic Sirloin (Brazilian Churrasco) is a style of bbq where skewers of meat are cooked over hot coals. It’s bbq at its simplest form and absolutely delicious! One of my favorite recipes for Churrasco is Garlic Sirloin and here’s how you do it:
For this Brazilian Style Garlic Sirloin recipe, you’ll need about a 3lb piece of Top Sirloin beef roast. Your butcher should have no problem cutting this for you. I always tell him to leave some of the fat cap on the sirloin as well. It adds a lot of flavor to the beef as it spins over the hot coals.
Cut the sirloin into 2”x 2” pieces and place them in a large zip lock bag. In Churrasco simple ingredients are used, so there’s nothing fancy going on here. I add 1 cup each of vegetable oil and water to the bag along with the juice of 1 lime and a whole head of garlic chopped up fine. Work the meat around in the bag so the marinade covers everything and let it hang out in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
Fire up your rotisserie grill for this cook; I’m using my Weber kettle set up with a rotisserie ring and motor. Divide a chimney of hot coals into baskets on each side of the grill. You can duplicate this recipe on any rotisserie set up just run the grill temp in the 450⁰ range.
Remove the sirloin chunks from the marinade and allow the excess liquid to drip off. Thread each piece onto the rotisserie rod. I try and fold the pieces with the fat cap facing the outside, so it can render & char.
Season all sides of the meat with a good dose of Sea Salt. This is the only seasoning you’ll need for this cook.
Place the rod in the rotisserie motor and the let the spinning begin. It’ll take about 20-25 minutes for the garlic sirloin to cook.
I like my Brazilian Style Garlic Sirloin on the medium rare side (about 130-135⁰), but feel free to cook it as done as you like. This is where a good Thermapen comes in handy >>
Be sure to wear some heat resistant gloves when removing the rod from the grill. It will be extremely hot. I let it hang out on the cutting board for about 5 minutes then carefully slide each piece off the skewer. It’s ready to serve at this point and goes great with a fresh chimichurri sauce.