A churrascaria Tucano's oferece o mais autêntico churrasco a moda
"Churrasco" or Brazilian barbecue was the traditional
staple food of gaúchos
or cowboys from southern Brasil for centuries before it spread
to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
Gaúchos have been called the wanderes of the Pampas.
Gauchos were known to wander the countryside as early as the
1600's in which the flatlands were overpopulated by Cimarron
cattle. At the time and through many centuries, cow leather
was one of the most important traded goods between the old
world and the colonies. The main importance of cattle was
not the meat but rather the leather obtained from it.
The word "gaúcho" came into existence for
the first time in 1790 to describe a very rough individual
, with low manners that would travel alone, having as his
only baggage , a knife called FACÃO. Gaúchos
were known to cause many troubles and the subject of attention
from the ”Cabilido” a Buenos Aires based government organization.
Since the commercial value of a cow was narrowed to the leather,
once slaughtered, cows posed no interest, except for gaúchos
who would use as much of it as possible, feeding themselves
and the homeless.
They would quickly cook the meet in open fire before it turned
bad and distribute the meat to their neighborhoods. This habit
of gaúchos was considered welcome and healthy and added
a positive note to their already low reputation. They start
to be considered heroes of the Pampas for their generosity.
Eventually, after many decades the habit of grilling meat
"the gaúcho way" in a open fire , turn into
a national pastime: CHURRASCO.
Churrasco has become very fashionable and there are excellent
churrascarias (restaurants specializing in Brazilian barbecue)
all over Brasil and around the world.
These are called "churrascarias de rodízio"
because waiters move from table to table bringing different
types of meats on skewers from which they slice portions onto
your plate. The meat was originally cooked over coals, usually
in a pit dug in the ground (FOGO DE CHÃO) skewered
in metal spits. The only seasoning was coarse salt and each
"gaúcho" had his own churrasco knife which
he used to cut pieces of meat from the spit. People in Brasil
have churrasco pits built in their backyards with bricks or
incorporated into a wall.
Almost any occasion can be celebrated with a churrasco: birthday,
christenings, political rallies, or it can be a simple get-together
with your family and friends on the weekend.
"Rodizio" comes from the name RODA (wheel) in Portuguese
and means that every meat will come to your table however
many times you wish.
So welcome to TUCANOS, a true Brazilian barbecue with the
same quality of the real Gaúchos!