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Torta Asada: Another Argentine Asado Essential

Have you ever tried a Torta Asada? This simple yet delicious type of bread is a must-have for any Argentine Asado. The best part: you’ll be able to prepare it in just a few minutes.  In this article, I’ll explain the history, essential ingredients, and steps for making your own grilled torta asada at home. […]
Daniela Solis
May 28, 2024

How Long To Cook A Steak: Perfect Timing

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of cooking a perfect steak, is there? But, just like it happens with Argentine Asado, there are so many things to consider: the cooking method, the type of meat, the timing, the seasoning…    That’s why I prepared this guide: to share some tried-and-true tips and tricks for grilling a […]
Daniela Solis
May 23, 2024

Prepare Pollo al Disco: The Best Argentine Stew

Ever heard of Argentine pollo al disco? It’s a yummy combination of chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, and many other vegetables cooked in a (believe it or not) plow disk.   This is one of the most complex recipes I’ve shared but also one of the most delicious. I assure you, it will be worth your time! History […]
Jason Pittock
May 21, 2024

Charcoal vs Wood Grilling: Which Method is Best?

Grilling experts often debate the merits of charcoal versus wood grilling, but which one is best, really? Here, I’d like to explore both approaches to help you decide which might be best for your next asado. Keep on reading and fire up that grill! Understanding Argentine Asado If you’ve been reading my blog, by now, […]
Daniela Solis
May 18, 2024

Best Salads to Serve With Argentine Asado

When hosting an Argentine Asado, the undoubted protagonist is meat. But selecting the perfect side dishes is just as crucial to having a whole Argentine experience.  Among these side dishes, salads shine when balancing the smoky flavors of the meat. This guide will explore the best Argentine salads to serve alongside your sizzling beef, from […]
Jason Pittock
May 16, 2024

What Is Morcilla: Black Pudding?

Ever seen a picture of an Argentine asado and wondered what that black thing that looks like a sausage is? Today, I’ll be presenting you with morcilla, also known as black pudding. Very similar to chorizo and very different at the same time, it’s a big part of asados and Argentine culture. Keep on reading […]
Jason Pittock
May 14, 2024

How to Grill the Best Choripan at Home

Hey there, Argentine asado lovers! Today, we’re diving into the world of Choripanes – simple yet delicious Argentine street food you’ll surely love. And they are the perfect complement for your Argentine Asado.  But hold up, what exactly is a Choripan? What is a “Choripan”, Exactly? Choripan is a sandwich invented in Argentina, though Uruguaians […]
Jason Pittock
May 11, 2024

Introduction to Argentinian Gaucho Grill Methods and Techniques

Have you ever heard about Gaucho grilling? For generations, this method of cooking has been a big part of Argentine culture. The term “gaucho” refers to the skilled horsemen and cattle herders of the Argentine plains.  Emerging in the 18th century on the vast pampas of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, gauchos were known for their […]
Daniela Solis
May 9, 2024

Most Expensive Steaks in the World: Are They Worth It? 

High-end steaks have long been synonymous with luxury and unique flavors, but are they worth it? From the very expensive Japanese Wagyu to the well-known Argentine Pasture Raised Bife de Chorizo, these premium steaks typically have hefty price tags that can leave you wondering why they are so expensive.  In this article, I’d like to […]
Daniela Solis
May 7, 2024
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What is The Authentic Argentine Asado and What Makes it So Special?

The real truth about the exclusive Argentinian grilling Cuisine.
There’s no more quintessential Argentine tradition than the asado. Combining social connections with culinary craftsmanship, the asado is far more than just a simple barbecue. It’s a custom dating back to a time when wild cattle roamed the plains of La Pampa, in central Argentina. Back then, gauchos lived entirely off the land, eating the tender meat of this wild cattle, which they slow-roasted over an open flame.

Today, an asado looks quite different than it did in the mid-nineteenth century, but certain traditions are still upheld every time a group gathers around the grill. To ensure your next asado is authentically Argentine, here are six essential elements you’ll need to include.

What is The Authentic Argentine Asado and What Makes it So Special?

The real truth about the exclusive Argentinian grilling Cuisine.
There’s no more quintessential Argentine tradition than the asado. Combining social connections with culinary craftsmanship, the asado is far more than just a simple barbecue. It’s a custom dating back to a time when wild cattle roamed the plains of La Pampa, in central Argentina. Back then, gauchos lived entirely off the land, eating the tender meat of this wild cattle, which they slow-roasted over an open flame.

Today, an asado looks quite different than it did in the mid-nineteenth century, but certain traditions are still upheld every time a group gathers around the grill. To ensure your next asado is authentically Argentine, here are six essential elements you’ll need to include.

The Fire and Coals (Brasas)

At its core, asado is meat grilled in its purest form. Traditionally, the fire used to cook the meat is made with a combination of red-hot coals and firewood, though the exact type of wood may vary from region to region. Additionally, an authentic asador, or grill chef, won’t use lighter fluid to start the fire, as it can taint the flavor of the meat; starting the fire without flammable liquid is considered an important part of the asado ritual.

The Grill

Once the fire is started, you need to wait for your grill to heat up. In Argentine asados, a simple iron grill called a parrilla is used. They come in all shapes and sizes, from compact versions that can fit in your apartment to massive commercial ones for restaurant use. Most parrillas are equipped with an adjustable height for the grill, which helps the asador regulate the temperature of the meat.

The Meat (and Vegetables)

Without doubt the most important part of any asado is the meat. Generally, you’ll want to plan for about a pound of meat per person, and there are many meats to choose from. Beef is the obvious first choice, and the heart of the meal; every cut is served, from ribs to sirloin to skirt steak to ribeye to flank to tenderloin. Beyond beef, though, there are sausages, chorizo, chicken breasts, sweetbreads, chitterlings, and morcilla, or blood sausage. No matter which meat thats on the grill, the only seasoning that should ever be used is a coarse BBQ salt and pepper (here and there!).
While meat is the main event at an asado, a host of accompaniments help to round out the meal. Simple salads, grilled vegetables, and peppers add a bit of greenery; fresh bread is served; and homemade condiments, such as chimichurri, provenzal and salsa criolla, enhance the natural flavors of the delicious, slow-roasted meats.

Timing

The Argentine asado is all about timing and absolute perfect coordination.
Understanding how long each cut takes and when to turn it when one-side is done. The true Asado experience is not rushed, its a patient grilling experience that can take anywhere from 1 to 5 hours! 
The majority of the Argentine cuts of meat take approximately 2.5 hours to cook, but some can take more. 
Sit back, enjoy the aromas, and make the Argentine Asado the closest thing to meditation! 

Beverages including Mate and Fine Argentine Wine

No asado is complete without a glass (or two) of fine Argentine wine. As the 5th largest wine producing country in the world, Argentina produces many varieties of both red and white. Once the meat is grilled and the salads are assembled, it’s time to sit down with a heaping plate of food and a heavy pour of Argentina’s flagship red wine, Malbec.

The BBQ Conversation

Above all, the tradition of asado is one of social gathering. Be it a weekend or holiday season the sights and smells of an asado can be found taking place in all of Argentina. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a delicious grilling experience, and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.

What is Argentine Asado and who is Jason Pittock?

Argentine Asado is a YouTube channel run by Jason Pittock, an internet entrepreneur, SEO wizard and Paid Media pro. 

The Argentine Asado is a full Argentine grilling experience, brought to you in English all the way from Bahia Blanca, Argentina. 

In the Argentine Asado YouTube Channel, you can find content on Argentine Grilling techniques, Argentine BBQ recipes and how to grill like a true Argentine gaucho (aka - traditional cowboy) 🇦🇷

Viva La Vida Mis Amigos! 

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about getting started with Argentine Asado
What kind of meat is asado?
The traditional Argentine Asado has many cuts of meat but predominantly will be beef. Although some Argentine grilling experiences will include chicken, venison, pork and sometimes fish. 
Sometimes people get confused when referring to "Carne Asada" which technically means grilled meat. 
There is also a cut of meat in Argentina called "Asado" or "Tira de Asado" which means a rack of ribs or ribs. 
Why is asado so important to Argentina?
Asado is an important part of Argentine culture and has gained international recognition for the grilling experience that is intertwined with Argentine culture. The Asado is often a family reunion or a get-together with friends or business partners. The Asado is the perfect excuse just to get together, enjoy each other's company and have a good cook-up! 
How to get started with the Argentinean Asado?
To get started with Argentinean grilling you will need to have a good place to light a fire, ideally source some hardwood (such as applewood or, "piquillin") and something to grill! When starting, it's recommend to start cooking some of the easier joints of meat to learn the nuances of cooking under coals (brasas) and learning the fine art of patience! 
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