World Cup Cookoff (Round 1): Brazil vs. Chile June 27, 2014

We're moving into the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup, so we've decided to highlight some savory match ups of countries with great grilling traditions.  

ROUND 1: Brazil vs. Chile

Brazil is a perennial football powerhouse and winner of five World Cup championships.  The country, with its large swaths of pampas, also has a storied grilling culture.  Most recognizable are its churrascarias, large steakhouses where infinite cuts of meat are spit roasted and served tableside by carving directly off the skewer.

Chile is seemingly the forgotten little brother of South American football and barbecue.  But make no mistake, the country has plenty of history and talent at both.  Chilenos love their sandwiches, and they like them piled high with freshly grilled meats.  And the country's outstanding wine industry means its citizens are never lacking for good wine pairings with their meals, whether a casual lunch or a multi-course Sunday asado.                                                                                                                  

Best Finish in the World Cup:
5-time champions
(1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
3rd place
Team Nickname:
A Seleção (The Selection); Canarinho (Little Canary)
La Roja (The Red Ones)
Game-winning dish:
Topped with: Papaya molho a campanha Pebre

Wash it down with:

Batida de maças

Chilean wines

May the best team win!!!