Multicultural Eats: For something new eat Brazilian barbecue at Brazbecue

Sophia Brady 9 July 2021 22

Brazbecue is bringing the time-honoured tradition and taste of churrasco to Canberra. Photos: Supplied.

Growing up in Brazil, Lelio Reiner’s weekends were reserved for family and cooking barbecue.

“Cooking has always been part of my life. My love for barbecues began years ago back in Brazil, where I grew up eating ‘churrascos’ – that is what we call barbecue,” Lelio said.

“As a child, I have been heavily influenced by my father, who was from Santa Catarina, a region in the south of Brazil where barbecues are extremely popular. Cooking barbecues on Sundays was part of our family tradition and an important part of my childhood.

“My dad would always cook churrasco for our family, and I loved to watch him cook and smell the delicious smell of smoked meat drifting through the air!”

Now an adult with a family of his own settled in Canberra, Lelio brings the time-honoured tradition and taste of churrasco to Canberra with a food stall on Horse Park Drive.

Lelio Reiner

Lelio Reiner with his family.

“In 2014, my family and I came to live in Australia. One of the things I missed the most was to eat that barbecue just like we used to eat in Brazil. Cooking had always been part of my life and it was clear to me by then that I had become very passionate, not only about eating but also about cooking Brazilian Barbeque! I really needed to find a way to have Brazilian barbecues back again!

“Last year when COVID-19 hit Australia I had enough time to reflect about my life, what I really liked to do and what would make me and my family happy. In the middle of all the uncertainty we were living with, my family and I decided to risk and start the barbecue project.”

Full of ideas, determination, and passion but short of budget, the family of four comprising Lelio, his wife Alice, and sons Enzo and Enrico took on the project together to devise everything from the ground up for their new business. The business name, logo, and design of the barbecue itself were all up for discussion and a family vote.

“The fact that my wife and I are both architects gave us the skills and knowledge to create our own barbecue and brand. Everything was created and built at home and in conjunction with my wife and sons. We decided to build our own barbecue using oil barrels and iron. We designed our own menu, logo and gazebo.

“Slowly but steadily, we could see our business project coming out of our minds and off the paper and turning into reality.”

Brazbecue meat

Brazbecue is now open every weekend, slow barbecuing meat cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

A year since launching, Brazbecue is now open every weekend with slow barbecuing meat cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. From their custom-made food stand on the side of the road on Horse Park Drive in Throsby, the menu consists of basic cuts of meat that are commonly used in Brazilian barbecue. The crowning glory is picanha – rump cap. Cooked simply over the fire with a little salt and time, the thick fat cap renders as it cooks, basting the meat and keeping it moist and flavourful. It is a real carnivorous joy to eat.

The menu also features linguiça, Brazilian-style sausages along with frango (chicken) and e costela de porco (pork ribs). Traditional accompaniments include a salsa vinaigrette, bread, green salad and farofa toasted cassava which you dip the meat into.

Brazbe Sampler

For a little taste of everything, order the Brazbe Sampler at Brazbecue.

Brazbecue is located at Horse Park Drive at the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve Car Park and is open on the weekends from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.

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22 Responses to Multicultural Eats: For something new eat Brazilian barbecue at Brazbecue
Heavs Heavs 1:20 pm 03 Jul 21

45 minutes to put some meat on a bread roll. Early brodburger levels of ineptitude.

Jake Wheeler Jake Wheeler 6:40 am 18 Jun 21

Michael Cullen is that us

Brett Carter Brett Carter 6:42 pm 16 Jun 21

Max Webster Grace Baker try this and report back plz

    Grace Baker Grace Baker 7:04 pm 16 Jun 21

    Max Webster yes that and bridesmaids hahahaha

Sara Prietto Sara Prietto 9:14 am 16 Jun 21

Cain Beckett can we go

Kristen Laurent Kristen Laurent 8:05 pm 15 Jun 21

Lazza Sant'Ana I’m guessing you’re all over this.

    Lazza Sant'Ana Lazza Sant'Ana 10:54 am 16 Jun 21

    👍🏽 I am! I had some yummy Brazilian picanha with farofa and molho vinagrete just last weekend. Highly recommend this. You are going to love it (but bring a picnic blanket - they only have a couple of tables).

    Carleigh Dallen Carleigh Dallen 5:10 pm 18 Jun 21

    Looks sooo good 🤤

Lorna Towers Lorna Towers 11:34 am 15 Jun 21

You couldn't afford all the meat you get at a real Brazilian BBQ.

Jodie Sharples Jodie Sharples 8:08 am 15 Jun 21

Julie Warren this answers our questions from yesterday

Amy Turner Amy Turner 10:46 pm 14 Jun 21

Mark Turner this is what we drove past…

Michael Bailey Michael Bailey 10:21 pm 14 Jun 21

Laura Ann this weekend??? Maybe Sunday recovery meal……

Michelle Taylor Michelle Taylor 9:24 pm 14 Jun 21

Eeeeee! Get in ma belly!!

Nicolas Grandjean-Thomsen Nicolas Grandjean-Thomsen 8:37 pm 14 Jun 21

Valeu!!! Olivia Grandjean-Thomsen

Maree Schneider Maree Schneider 8:31 pm 14 Jun 21

Cassie Matthews let's meet here for lunch!

Graham Wilson Graham Wilson 8:29 pm 14 Jun 21

Nathan Volke - might have to go for a drive next Saturday

    Nathan Volke Nathan Volke 8:30 pm 14 Jun 21

    Graham Wilson I’ll be in Wollongong sorry!

    Graham Wilson Graham Wilson 8:30 pm 14 Jun 21

    Nathan Volke grab some on the way outta town then 👍

Rebecca Salvage Rebecca Salvage 8:22 pm 14 Jun 21

Paul Salvage for you and Ryan

Joseph Morrall Joseph Morrall 8:07 pm 14 Jun 21

Felicity Cadwallader Brett Cadwallader ? Tried this?

    Brett Cadwallader Brett Cadwallader 8:09 pm 14 Jun 21

    Joseph Morrall not yet but talk about it alot. 😁

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