From the sauce-splattered keyboard of guest blogger Adrian Miller.
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When I visited Argentina several years ago, I discovered a nation wholly devoted—in more ways than one—to their barbecue tradition, known as asado. In his book Planet Barbecue, Steve Raichlen defines asado as "gaucho (cowboy)-style barbecue, made by roasting whole lambs, pigs, and sections of beef ribs in front of a campfire. This is generally done at the estancias (ranches) of the Pampas, but also at restaurants in Buenos Aires." The cook splays the salt-and-pepper-rubbed meat on a metal, cross-like contraption that has a sharp, speared edge on the bottom. The entire set-up is stuck in the ground and angled toward a slow-burning wood fire. Not only do Argentines cook the whole animal, they serve parts that you wouldn't find at most stateside barbecues. Don't be surprised if innards show up on your plate—mollejas, or sweetbreads, are especially popular. (As a guy who eats chitlins, I wasn't fazed by this at all.)
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