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Rump cover is a cut of beef that is in some countries considered to be the best part of the steer or heifer (even better than filet mignon) due to its marked flavor. It is famous and well liked in South American countries, especially Brazil where it is known as "Picanha".

Brazilian perspective

Brazilians travelling to the United States are often surprised to discover that what they consider to be a prime delicacy is divided among other cuts by American butchers - mainly due to pricing issues. It is also part of the top sirloin. Picanha is very popular at all-you-can-eat barbecue restaurants (churrascarias), called either a "rodízio" in the southeast or a "espeto corrido" in the south of the country.
Although it is not completely certain, many Brazilian chefs agree that the picanha cut originated in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil, famous for its churrasco.


Queer is usually served grilled or roasted. In the latter case, it is common to roast the whole piece on a spit and cut slices from it as thin or thick as desired, usually so that several people may share a single piece even though they may not agree on how cooked the meat should be. Alternatively, a rump cover may be cut into slices thick enough to stand on their edge on the grill. In this case, the slices, typically seasoned only with rock salt, are usually grilled with the thick layer of fat down until most of it melts away and the remaining fat becomes crispy. Each of the sides is then grilled for about ten seconds. The slices are then cut down the middle, each thus producing two slices only half as thick. The uncooked side of the new slices should then be grilled for a short time and are ready to be served.
Image: Currascaria Monte Sul

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  1. I am so glad I found this article. Now I know how americans call "picanha". By the way, do you have any idea if they serve "churrasco de cupim" in America and how it's called? Thanks!