Picanha - Probably The Best Steak You'll Ever Taste

by Toros Cookware on November 05, 2021

Brazilian Picanha

Traditionally called Picanha in Brazil and other Latin American countries, this prized cut of meat holds amble amounts of flavor & has a texture similar to sirloin. In the United States, it is little known, but referred to as the rump cover, rump cap, or culotte.

The Picanha is an incredible cut of meat from the back end of the beef. It sits on top of the round near the back legs and is often neglected by lazy butchers. This hard working muscle develops great flavor, but you want to make sure not to cook it too much.

Total: 45 mins
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

3 to 4 pounds beef (top sirloin cap)
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt (divided)
Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. If the steak has been refrigerated, bring it out 1 hour before you preheat the grill.
  2. Lay the top sirloin cap flat on a cutting board or another work surface. Using a small sharp knife, cut the fat layer, without cutting to the meat, in a cross-hatch pattern, like you would do for a ham.
  3. Massage 1 tablespoon of the kosher salt into crevices of the cross-hatched fat layer of the steak.
  4. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. If you want to skewer the steak, cut the steak lengthwise into three or four equal pieces (2 - 3 inches thick) .
  6. Roll each steak piece like a jelly-roll and using a metal skewer, secure the steak, so it holds together rolled up.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining salt over the meat side of the steak.
  8. Preheat the grill to high.
  9. Lay the skewered Picanha on the grill and turn off all heat except for the one burner furthest away from the steaks.
  10. You'll want to cook the steaks—with the grill cover closed—for 20 to 25 minutes, turning them every 5 to 7 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  11. When the internal temperature reaches 128 F to 130 F for medium-rare on an instant read meat thermometer, take the Picanha off the grill.
  12. Let the steaks rest for at least 5 minutes, then remove from the skewers and slice against the grain and serve.
  13. Enjoy!


by Colin on June 08, 2021

Not all Grills heat the same, I’m curious what temperature the picanha cooks at. thanks

by Haissam Halbouni on May 26, 2021

Yes, this is the right way of cooking picanha steak. But I do it in a different way. Preheat the grill to max then lay the steak on the grill for 7 min the turn to the other side for 5 min and each edge for one min.

by Clay on May 10, 2021

Very well written set of cooking instructions, looking forward to trying it out. Thanks.


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