Argentinean Asado, Parrilla and Asador Criollo

It is without saying that the Argentinean asados is an absolute must to eat when you visit Argentina and one may think there is one standard parrilla (the grill) for preparing the asado. The opposite is true however.

Patagonian parrilla in bariloche mountain

The most common parrilla you find in houses in Argentina is the normal horizontal grill parrilla. It is the one described in this site about Argentinean parrilla. It takes less space and keeps the heat concentrated in a smaller space.

Parrilla Argentina

But when visiting Argentina, most tourists see the large spits and crosses in the restaurant where they put the meat vertically on a spit around the fire. This "asador criollo" is beautiful to watch that attract a lot of views. It does however take more space, equipment and a lot of effort and patience to prepare this type of asador criollo.

Patagonia Parrilla restaurant in buenos aires

To see the Patagonian parrilla in Patagonia or in the campo is of course a much more attractive experience to see than the home parrilla that grills small and medium sized cuts of meat. The asador criollo is typically used to grill a complete animal or very large parts of meat, like a sheep or a cow, that is cut open and spread with its four legs over the cross of a spit.

Patagonia parrilla asador criollo

Every 15 minutes the parrillero has to pour "salmuera" (salted water with herbs and spices) over the meat to avoid drying out and give it salted spiced flavour. It is put for at least 3 hours on the fire, first 2 hours on one side and  then turning it to the other side. The following video shows a parrilla in the mountains near Bariloche in Patagonia and another video showing one within a restaurant:

They do take more time, but once ready, you will not regret this special restaurant experience.

Parrilla Restaurant in Bariloche

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