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Grilled Picanha

Try this classic Argentinian cut of meat over the fire at home. Make sure to add some chimichurri on top! It will make Picanha steak taste better.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Resting Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Argentinian
Servings: 3 people
Author: Derek Wolf


  • 1 whole picanha with fat cap still on
  • 2 tbsp of sea salt
  • Chimichurri
  • Olive Oil


  • With picanha at room temperature, score the fat cap in order for the flavor to seep into the whole beef. Lather with olive oil & season with sea salt on both side.
  • Use some Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal to light fire and let burn for 10-15 minutes. Once charcoal is white hot, push into one flat pile for direct grilling.
  • Place picanha flesh side down for 2 minutes, flip & sear the fat side for 2 minutes. Pull off grill.
  • Slice the beef against the grain (horizontally) as to make multiple strips out of it. Season the strips with olive oil and salt. Place back on grill.
  • Grill strips for 4-5 minutes per side or until they reach your desired internal temperature. Some of the larger steaks will take longer as will some of the smaller steak be shorter. Take off grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice into steaks, top with Chimichurri & enjoy! Buy meat from good butcher to make delicious Picanha steak.


Equipment Needed: Cowboy Charcoal, grill, tongs, cutting board & knife.