How to make a PERFECT barbecue in the Air Fryer in just a few steps

Barbecue is a cultural tradition that is very present in many countries, especially in South America. Find out how to do it at home.

If you are Brazilian, you must certainly like a good barbecue. After all, the consumption of grilled meat is part of the culture of South American countries like Brazil. What's more, we have delicious cuts – like picanha – here.

However, it is not easy to prepare a good barbecue, especially if you don’t have a barbecue. At least that’s what everyone thinks, but it’s not quite like that. Continue reading this article to learn how to prepare a delicious meal in the air fryer.

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Barbecue without a barbecue: perfect picanha and sausage in the air fryer

For lovers of a good barbecue who do not have a barbecue at home, Air Fryer technology appears as a practical and efficient solution.

The promise is of a succulent barbecue, with perfectly prepared picanha and sausage, without the need to light coals or deal with smoke.

Surprise yourself

President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva, in a recent statement, brought to light the feasibility of using the Air Fryer to prepare typical barbecue dishes.

The focus is to provide a delicious gastronomic experience, valuing soft and juicy meat, essential characteristics of a good barbecue.

How to prepare the picanha

Picanha, a noble cut and favorite among Brazilians, demands special attention during preparation to ensure its juiciness.

The golden tip is not to overcook the meat, preventing it from becoming dry. In addition to the traditional coarse salt, you can add garlic, onion, black pepper or fresh herbs to enrich the flavor.


1 piece of picanha (approx. 500g); Coarse salt to taste.

Season the picanha with coarse salt, make checker-shaped cuts in the fat and preheat the Air Fryer to 200°C.

Bake the picanha with the fat side up for about 15 minutes on each side, until golden. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.


Sausage, another barbecue classic, can be prepared in the Air Fryer to obtain a crispy and tasty texture. Adding seasonings like paprika, black pepper or fresh herbs can elevate the flavor even further.


10 units of sausage; Salt to taste.

Season the sausage with salt, poke holes with a fork to release the fat and preheat the Air Fryer to 180°C. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden.

Extra tips for getting the meat done right

As already mentioned, the meat’s doneness is essential in a good barbecue, regardless of whether it is prepared on a grill or air fryer. For this reason, we have put together some extra tips for making your meat. Check out.

Pay attention to the meat’s doneness: The secret to juicy meat is controlling the cooking time. Seasonings as desired: Experiment with different seasonings to customize the flavor according to your preferences. Preheating: Preheating the Air Fryer is essential to ensure uniform cooking.

Barbecue in the Air Fryer represents a practical and tasty alternative for those who want to enjoy a good barbecue without a barbecue.

With the right techniques and tips, it is possible to prepare picanha and sausage with incredible results, proving that the lack of a traditional barbecue is no obstacle to enjoying delicious and succulent dishes.

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