Carne Espeto is a very easy meal with a simple marinade. If you want to add additional flavor, you can use Burgundy wine or grill with any vegetables of your preference! Carne Espeto is one of the highlights at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament held every summer in New Bedford Massachusetts.
5 lb top sirloin
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Bay leaves to taste
Chop your sirloin meat and marinate it overnight with pepper, salt, and bay leaves. Place your meat on large skewers and let it cook to your preference. Enjoy alone or with a delicious Portuguese roll!
- Cut the meat into uniform pieces: Cut the meat into evenly-sized pieces to ensure consistent cooking. Aim for pieces that are approximately 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 4 cm) in size.
- Skewer the meat: Thread the marinated meat onto metal or wooden skewers, ensuring there’s enough space between the pieces to allow for even cooking. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before skewering to prevent them from burning on the grill.
- Preheat the grill: Preheat your grill or barbecue to medium-high heat. If using charcoal, allow the coals to become hot and covered with white ash before grilling.
- Oil the grill grates: Lightly oil the grill grates to prevent the meat from sticking during cooking.
- Grill the skewers: Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. The cooking time will vary depending on the type and thickness of the meat.
- Use a meat thermometer: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. For beef and pork, aim for an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C); for chicken, the internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
- Let the meat rest: Once cooked, let the skewers rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a tender and juicy result.
- Serve with traditional sides: Carne Espeto is often served with crusty bread, salad, and boiled or grilled vegetables. Additionally, you can offer a selection of sauces, such as Piri Piri sauce, for extra flavor.