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Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven

In our latest wood fired video, David is grilling a picanha steak – a delicious and not so well known steak (in the UK) from the top of the rump or the end of the sirloin. The name comes from the picana, the pole the gauchos in South America use to move the cattle along by prodding them in their behinds.You may have to ask your butcher specially to cut it for you and some online retailers like Pipers Farm will supply it.

Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven

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Ingredients – to feed 4

1 picanha steak, about 1kg in weightPicanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven

600g potatoes

4 medium beetroot

4 medium turnips

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Mesquite & Oak chunks soaked in water – or whatever flavour you’d like

Oven State, Door, Equipment etc

3 Mississippi with a bed of embers

Door on but slightly ajar

1 roasting tin and 3-4 flat metal skewers


  • Wash, drain & roughly chop the vegetables.

    Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven

    Veggeis ready to go

  • Put them in a large bowl and toss together with a good slug of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Put the veggies in the roasting tin and start to cook them in the oven with the door ajar.
  • Prepare the steak by slicing it into 3-4 equal sized pieces across the joint. Rub with olive oil and season well.  Make the mini steaks into horseshoes with the fat on the outside and skewer each one.
  • Put the soaked and drained wooden chunks on top of the embers using a peel. Allow them to come up to heat and start to smoke.
  • Rest the skewers on the roasting tin with the fat side up.
  • Put the roasting tin back in the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes, turning half way round.
  • Rest the meat for 5 minutes and slice. Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven
  • Serve with the roast roots, some chimichurri sauce and some mayo and some fresh salad


  • If you’re not confident of your steak cooking, use a probe thermometer to make sure it’s the done-ness you want.

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  • Add some cumin to the seasoning for the steak or maybe some barbeque spice blend.
  • Change the veggies – roast carrots are delcious as are roast peppers or some roast tomatoes Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven
  • Cook the picanha whole like a roasting joint rather than in smaller steaks

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Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven

Happy Cooking

David and Hollyx