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04 Aug 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Celebrate the Rio 2016 Games with the delicious flavours of Brazil. With all eyes on Brazil this summer, what better way to celebrate the Olympic Games than to conjure up the flavours of the host country?

Create your own backyard Brazilian barbecue with traditional meat skewers that pack a bold flavour punch.

“Skewers are an easy food to serve friends and family during a Rio-themed viewing party,” says top American chef Kevan Vetter. “A Brazilian marinade pairs great with steak so grill up both, and let guests choose their own meat and complementary sauce. My favourite is a red chimichurri, which gets fiery flavour from smoked paprika, crushed red pepper and jalapeno.”

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Brazilian Meat Skewers


Serves: 8


  • 1 package McCormick Grill Mates Brazilian Steakhouse Marinade
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1kg boneless New York strip steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes


  • Mix marinade mix, oil, water and vinegar in a small bowl. Reserve two tablespoons for brushing. Place the steak into a large re-sealable plastic bag or glass dish. Pour the marinade over the steak and turn to coat well.
  • Refrigerate 15 minutes or longer for extra flavour. Remove the meat from the marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Thread the steak onto skewers.
  • Grill skewers over a medium-high heat for eight to 10 minutes or until the meat is done to your preference (rare, medium or well-done) turning occasionally and brushing with reserved marinade.

Kitchen Tip: If using wooden skewers, soak  them thoroughly in water for at least 30 minutes before threading with meat. This prevents them from burning when on the grill.

Red Chimichurri Sauce


Servings: 12 (2 tbsp each)


  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed and cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp McCormick Oregano Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Crushed Red Pepper


  • Place all ingredients in food processor or blender; cover. Process until finely chopped.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to blend flavours.

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