This year, give your family a taste of South American beef by following our tried and tested recipe, 7 steps to the ultimate steak on the picanha - a cut of beef that has only recently become available in Hong Kong. We've detailed how to prepare, cook and serve it. All complimented with photographs so you can recreate it this holiday season, stress free.
The picanha or the rump cap is the most prized cut of meat in Brazil and a hidden gem of South America. It’s extremely tender with a thick layer of fat - encapsulating the meat with a stupendous amount of juice and succulent beefy flavour. What's more, it is perfectly sized for sharing with your family. Try it on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day or even Christmas Day.
A decade ago, we used to source this cut in London based on the advice of a good Brazilian friend. My husband has been dying to get his hands on some since he developed his Ultimate Steak Recipe. So, without any more whittering and chat, here is our visual guide on how to recreate this delicious meal in your own home…Dry the meat, generously apply your favourite rub and leave it in the fridge for 24 hours. Don't be shy, see how thick we apply it in the picture below. Our favourite rub and the science behind why we apply it so far in advance can be found by clicking here.
Slow cook until it reaches your preferred internal temperature. We like it around 125°F. On this occasion, it took just over 4 ½ hours. You need a cooking thermometer to be able to consistently cook meat to your liking because every oven, barbeque and cut of meat is different. All our cooking thermometers come with a internal temperature guide. Our trusty ChefAlarm alerted us exactly when the meat was ready with its loud alarm.
This recipe can also be done in the oven. Just make sure you put it in at over 170°F for at least 15 minutes to kill all the surface bacteria before turning it down. The ChefAlarm has a 1.5 meter steel cable that is designed to fit through the seal of your oven.
Take the picanha off the heat and set your barbeque or oven for maximum heat. Sear the meat on the outside, turning every 15 seconds until attaining a deeply, dark crust formation. Around 3 minutes on this occasion.
Notice how far to the edge the pink meat goes - you very rarely find this at restaurants because it can only be achieved with slow cooking or by sous vide. This is the perfect cut for children due to its tenderness and rich flavour. Leftovers make an excellent school lunchbox option but we doubt there will be any left!
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