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Friday, July 01, 2016

Definitions for churrasco

  1. Latin-American Cookery. meat cooked over an open fire.
  2. Latin-American Cookery. a large piece of meat suitable for barbecuing.

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Citations for churrasco
Here gauchos in their traditional dress of baggy trousers, outsize spurs, and leather leg guards herd their cattle, sip their chimarrão (bitter maté tea), charcoal-roast their delicious churrasco (barbecue) of beef, pork, veal, sausage, chicken, seafood, and other choice viands, stage their famous rodeos, and perform their wild and intricate dances. Jo Nugent, "Giant Land, Gentle People," The Rotarian, August 1987
When you decide you're ready for the churrasco, you take a wooden cylinder that is left with each dining party and turn it so that its green underside faces up. This signals the beginning of a procession of sizzling meats, prepared with nothing more than plain salt and possibly garlic. Peter Kaminsky, "Culinary Carnaval," New York, August 21, 1995
Origin of churrasco
Churrasco can be traced to the Spanish term socarrar meaning "to scorch, singe." It entered English in the early 1900s.