Churrasco (choo-has-koo) is a Brazilian word for Barbeque which describes a 300 year old culinary style traditionally coming from South Brazil. In the early 1900's, German and Italian immigrants settled in Southern Brazil, around an area known as the Pampas. The new settlers would gatherer to celebrate and to show their gratitude for their good fortune.
Fresh fruits and vegetables were prepared and served at a communal table along with tantalizing cuts of beef, chicken, pork and fish which was seasoned then barbecued on skewers over open fire pits by the ranchers who were known as "gauchos" (cowboys). They then carried the freshly cooked meats to the tables and sliced juicy portions off the skewers on to serving dishes and each person was free to choose from any or all of the meats.