February 27, 2024

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

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 the backbone of a whole community, the Parrilla is the gathering point and the masterpiece of a large percentage of the Argentine community.

Let’s dive in and understand everything about the Argentine Parilla.

What Is the Parrilla Argentina

The “Parrilla Argentina” is the physical grilling spot where communities and families unite to celebrate the historical tradition of grilling. A Parrilla Argentina can be anything from two bricks supporting a flimsy metal grill made from rebar, to a complete outdoor kitchen grill with all the features.

The Quintessence of Argentine Barbecue

Parrilla Argentina embodies the soul of Argentine cuisine, a traditional method of grilling that transforms simple ingredients into culinary masterpieces. At its core, Parrilla Argentina is more than just a style of cooking; it’s a cultural symbol, revered across Argentina for its ability to bring people together.

The Parrilla: More Than Just a Grill

A “Parrilla” is both the physical grill used in this cooking method and the term for the barbecue itself. Its design, typically a large gridiron, allows for expert control over cooking temperatures. This versatile apparatus accommodates a variety of meats, from tender beef to chorizo, morcilla (blood sausage), and sweetbreads.

Then Different Types of Parrillas Argentinas

Here is a list of the different types of Parrillas Argentinas that are readily available in the US, UK and Europe market and also can be made at home DIY.

Parrilla Argentina The Parilla Asado is ultimately a T section spit. This is also known in Argentina as “A la Cruz” or “On a cross” This is because the meat is roasted vertically on a spit as seen in my video here.
Parrilla CarritoThe Parilla Asado is ultimately a T section spit. This is also know in Argentina as “A la Cruz” or “On a cross” This is because the meat is roasted vertically on a spit as seen in my video here.
Parrilla ChulengoThe Parilla Chulengo is the “state-of-the-art” most traditional Argentine BBQ. Its widely used here in Argentina as it is cheap to purchase or DIY, and is a great mix between a smoker and a normal grill. This Parilla is literally a 200lt barrel that has been refurbed to include a grill and firepit. Very versatile and is great for slow cooking and getting the smokey flavors into the meat.
Parilla FogonThe Parilla Fogon is generally a larger space that would have been traditionally used an open fire place or fire pit, but then later converted to suit the grilling purpose. These Parillas can be found in old “estancias” or cattle ranches from the later 1800s and early 1900s when the fireplace would have served two purposes. Heating and Eating! The Parilla Fogon is versatile and generally quite large making it a great choice for larger gatherings. The downside is that it isn’t very comfortable to use as you have to continually bend down to shovel the coals under the grill and attend to the meat.
Parrilla AsadorThe Parilla Fogon is generally a larger space that would have been traditionally used a open fireplace or fire pit, but then later converted to suite the grilling purpose. These Parillas can be found in old “estancias” or cattle ranches from the later 1800’s and early 1900s when the fire place would have served two purposes. Heating and Eating! The Parilla Fogon is versatile and generally quite large making it a great choice for larger gatherings. The downside is that it isn’t very comfortable to use as you have to continually bend down to shovel the coals under the grill and attend to the meat.
Parrilla de Obra The Parilla Fogon is generally a larger space that would have been traditionally used a open fireplace or fire pit, but then later converted to suit the grilling purpose. These Parillas can be found in old “estancias” or cattle ranches from the later 1800s and early 1900s when the fireplace would have served two purposes. Heating and Eating! The Parilla Fogon is versatile and generally quite large making it a great choice for larger gatherings. The downside is that it isn’t very comfortable to use as you have to continually bend down to shovel the coals under the grill and attend to the meat.

Here are the 6 types of Argentine Parillas

Parilla Argentina: The Crown Jewels!

Parilla Argentina

Parilla Carrito: The Parilla on Wheels!

parilla carrito

Parilla Chulengo: The Trustworthy Tank!

parilla chulengo

Parilla Fogon: The Fire Pit!

parilla fogon

Parilla Asador: The Argentine Playground!

Parilla Asador

Parilla de Obra: The BBQ Construction!

Parilla de obra

The Art of Argentine Grilling

Selecting and Preparing the Meat

The secret to a perfect Parrilla lies in the selection of high-quality meats. Argentine beef, known globally for its superior flavor and texture, is the star of the Parrilla. Seasoning is minimal, often just a sprinkle of salt, to let the natural flavors shine through.

Mastering the Flames

The essence of Parrilla cooking is in its technique. The slow-cooking process over wood or charcoal imparts a unique smokiness, while skilled grillmasters expertly manage the flames to ensure even cooking without charring.

Timing and understanding how to control the temperature of your Grill is also a key factor for mastering the BBQ.

The Cultural Fabric of “The Parrilla”

A Social Affair

Parrilla is not just about food; it’s an event. It represents a time for gathering, sharing, and enjoying life’s simple pleasures. In Argentina, a Parrilla is often the centerpiece of social gatherings, from family reunions to large communal events.

The Parrilla and Argentine Identity

Parrilla Argentina is deeply ingrained in the country’s identity. It reflects the history and traditions of Argentina, showcasing the importance of agriculture and livestock in shaping the nation’s culinary landscape.

parilla asador

The Role of Parrilla in Argentine Cuisine

A Culinary Staple

Parrilla is a cornerstone of Argentine cuisine. It’s a testament to the country’s rich agricultural heritage and a showcase of the skill and passion of its people.

Diverse and Inclusive

The versatility of the Parrilla means it caters to all tastes. While beef is the traditional favorite, the grill embraces everything from poultry to vegetables, making it a unifying element in Argentine culinary culture.

The Global Appeal of Parrilla Argentina

Beyond Borders

The allure of Parrilla Argentina has crossed oceans, captivating food enthusiasts worldwide. It’s a culinary ambassador for Argentina, representing the country’s warmth, hospitality, and rich gastronomic traditions.

A Taste of Argentina Anywhere

With Parrilla, the essence of Argentina can be savored anywhere. It transcends geographical boundaries, allowing people globally to experience a piece of Argentine culture.

Conclusion: The Timeless Tradition of Parrilla

Parrilla Argentina is more than a cooking method; it’s a cultural emblem, a connector of people, and a celebration of Argentine heritage. Its simple yet profound approach to grilling continues to win hearts and tantalize taste buds, remaining an integral part of Argentina’s culinary identity.

Experience the authentic taste of Argentine Asado with our expert tips and recipes at Argentine Asado.com. Join us in exploring the rich traditions and flavors of Parrilla Argentina.

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