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Parrilla Argentina: The Heart of The Argentine Barbecue (2024 updated)

As I sit at my desk and type this article, one the first of 2024, I am ambitious to continue my journey this year showcasing the Argentine BBQ culture, and one of the keys to understanding the Argentine Asado is the term "Parrilla Argentina". The Parrilla Argentina is much more than just a grill. It's […]
Jason Pittock
February 27, 2024

What Do Argentinians Eat on Christmas?

When it comes to Christmas in Argentina, stop thinking about the traditional snow-capped buildings and traditional Christmas dinners including turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. and jingle bells, Argentina during Christmas doesn't follow all the "traditions". In this article, I will share some of the top recipes and dishes that people enjoy […]
Jason Pittock
February 27, 2024

What is the right grilling temperature for an Argentine Asado?

When it comes to Argentine Asado BBQ Grilling there are 3 key elements: In this article, we will break down the first, Grilling Temperature. Grilling Temperature The most crucial aspect of grilling is managing temperature and control, these two important skills go hand in hand. Cooking at excessively high temperatures can result in overcooking the […]
Jason Pittock
February 27, 2024

Grilling Safety for an Authentic Argentine Asado

When it comes to having BBQ everyone wants to have a good time, this is where grilling safety is key to ensure nothing gets out of hand. In this article, we will go through some of the key aspects of Grilling Safety for an Authentic Argentine Asado. Grilling Safety For Your Asado An Argentine Asado, a […]
Jason Pittock
February 24, 2024

Mendoza: Argentina's Premier Wine Destination Where Wine and & Asado Come Together.

The quintessence of the Argentine Asado, cannot be fully understood without a grasp of the historical and cultural richness of Argentine wine. The gem of Argentina's premier wine destination is Mendoza. In this article, I will dive into the Mendoza wine region and the historical significance of the wine culture in Argentina (and of course […]
Jason Pittock
December 7, 2023

What are the Different Argentine Outdoor Grilling Techniques?

Some of the most common and delicious Argentine outdoor grilling techniques that will make you want to book a flight to Buenos Aires right now
Rodrigo Barbosa
November 30, 2023

What are the 11 Argentine grilling tips you should know?

If you like our grilling blog and follow me on YouTube, you probably think you know a thing or two about authentic Argentine asado. After all, it’s an emblem of the world’s gastronomy, the ritual that brings family and friends together every Sunday, and the ultimate test of food passion. But do you know the […]
Rodrigo Barbosa
November 30, 2023

The History of the Traditional Argentine Asado

Asado is away of honoring the legacy of the gauchos, the nomadic horsemen and cattle herders who roamed the pampas of Argentina in the 19th century.
Rodrigo Barbosa
November 30, 2023

The Best Grilling Knives for an Argentine Asado

You've got the grill fired up, and the meat is ready to sizzle. But hold your horses; what about the right grilling knife? Don't fret; we've got you covered.
Rodrigo Barbosa
November 30, 2023
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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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