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Day 12 and a Stunning Sandwich

Day 12 of 2018 World Cup and for the World Cup of BBQ, we return to South America, to cook Chivito from Uruguay.

According to legend, a great chef in Punta del Este, Uruguay, Antonio Carbonada, had an Argentine lady as a regular customer. One day she asked for her favourite sandwich made with goat (chivito in Spanish). There was no goat to be had, so the chef threw together what was on hand – steak, ham, cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise – and the Chivito was born. It is now found everywhere in Uruguay.

For this cook, I followed this recipe from Epicurious and adapted it slightly.

The Cook

Again, this was quite a straightforward dish to cook. I set the BBQ up for direct cooking with an oak wood chunk. I cooked the peppers first, getting a nice char on them before moving them to the indirect zone. Next, the bread was quickly placed on the grill before spreading the Aioli on both halves.

The steak cut was thin sirloin steaks from Waitrose, which I trimmed slightly to remove all the fat before cooking.

I took the steak off and whilst it was resting, then fried the eggs before constructing the sandwich.

The recipe also called for Monterey Cheese, but I had some Applewood slices so used those instead.

The Verdict

This sandwich was absolutely lovely. All the ingredients complimented each other really well. It reminded me of a club sandwich but with beef. It was the first time I have had Chivito but it certainly won’t be the last.

My son absolutely loved this and he requests it any time he gets the opportunity.


Chivito is the national dish of Uruguay. It combines steak, ham, pancetta, cheese and a fried egg into a sandwich, absolutely delicious.
Servings 3 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 750 g Thin-Cut Sirloin Steak
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Ciabattas
  • 2 tbsp Aioli
  • 2 slices Pancetta
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 3 slices Thick-cut Ham
  • 3 slices Applewood Cheese
  • 1 sliced Gem Lettuce
  • 2 sliced Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Pepper


  • Light your BBQ to cook directly. In the meantime slice the peppers, lettuce, and tomato. Sprinkle the salt over your steak (both sides).
  • When the BBQ is ready to cook on, start by cooking the peppers. Cook them for around 3 minutes on each side and then move them to the indirect area of the BBQ.
  • Briefly place the Ciabatta on the BBQ, just enough to get some grill lines on the bread. Remove and then spread both pieces with Aioli.
    Thin Sirloin Steak Cooking
  • Next, cook the steak. As they are so thin you only need to do them for 45-60 seconds on each side. Remove and allow to rest briefly.
  • Whilst the meat is resting cook the Pancetta in a frying pan (or on the BBQ) and fry the egg.
  • To construct the sandwich, place the pepper, lettuce, and tomato on one side of the bread. On the other, add the steak followed by the pancetta, ham, cheese, and egg before combining the two sides.
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: South American
Keyword: Chicken Sandwich, Uruguay, World Cup, World Cup Cooks

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