It is often the escape goat when the person in charge of the grill can’t maintain the flame alight. If you want a fiery grill, seek Sparcks and Weber carbon – those are the best in the market, according to a study Deco made last year.
It is always good to have a trustworthy butcher and to make friends with a man who can handle a big knife and always has blood stains on his shirt. There are several good butchers in Lisbon, but Loja da Quintinha, in Linhó, is a reference for several chefs, such as Chef Kiko. António Pinheiro’s butchery, at Bairro da Madredeus, is one of Alexandre Silva’s favourite’s. We also recommend Herdade do Freixo do Meio’s butcher’s, at Mercado da Ribeira, that only sells biological meat from free-range animals.
At Alvalade’s wood there are several grills where you can show your inability to start a fire until someone, out of despair, makes you use firelighters. Keil do Amaral’s picnic area, in Monsanto, is a great place to get your hands dirty with carbon, much like Moinho do Penedo’s picnic area, nearby. São Domingos de Benfica’s wood also has grills where you can shine, or like they say in Portugal “puxar a brasa à sua sardinha” (“fire up your sardine”).