Churasco Marinade Recipe by Chef Shelley Pogue

Personal Chef Austin Texas

Being from Texas we get many different Mexican and Latin influences on our Texican Fusion food these days. I love all the different flavor profiles and the new fusion foods seem to be a big hit too. We have several different Brazilian Restaurants here in Austin so I was determined to try it on my own because going out and getting the Churasco Grill seems to get a bit pricey.

1 cup – Fresh Squeezed Orange juice
1/2 cup – Fresh Squeezed Lime juice
1/4 cup – Olive Oil
7-8 – Garlic cloves
1 Large bunch, or 2 small bunches – Cilantro washed
1 T – Coarse black pepper
2 tsp – Roasted Cumin Seeds
2 tsp – Sweet Soy sauce, ABC Kekap or other brand of sweet soy sauce
1 tsp – Brown Sugar, will help with caramelization when grilling
1/4 tsp – Coriander

Place all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.

This Churasco Marinade will marinade about 4 pounds of your favorite protein. I prefer to use flank steak and serve with some flour tortillas and a good fire roasted salsa. You can use chicken, shrimp or even fish if you wish. This is great for Summer time grilling with a group of family or friends.

Directions: Pour marinade over the flank steak and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. You can refrigerate overnight if you wish but I would not go any longer than 8 hours because the citrus will start to cure the meat instead or marinate it. If you want to use chicken I would marinate the same as the beef, but if you are using shrimp, or fish I would only marinate for about 1-2 hours max. Once your meat is marinated to your preference heat up your grill and go for it. The beef should be cooked to a medium rare, then let it cool and slice. The chicken should be cooked until done or internal temp of at least 160 degrees F before you pull from fire. It should have some carryover cooking to bring it to 165 F. Shrimp cook until it has turned pink and that will probably be about 2-3 minutes each side. Then remove and serve.

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