Corned Beef for use as a "Regular Smoked Brisket"?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by hotburn76, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Sorry if this has been asked a lot, but was at the store and they had Corned Beef Briskets on sale.  They looked liked they where unspiced, just plain meet with a lot of juice in the package.  Can you use one of these as a smoked brisket or does it have to be a fresh unsalted one?  Thanks in advance!

  2. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey Hotburn,

    While these are the same cuts of meat and both very awesome smoked...they are not at all interchangeable.

    Smoked Corned Beef Brisket becomes pastrami.  Uncured brisket becomes..well just tasty awesomness.  Both are wonderful but not even close to the same flavor profile.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The Dude knows his pastrami!
  4. Search pastrami and corned beef on here. You learn everything you need to know.
  5. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Listen to the Dude. He knows of what he speaks.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Corned beef is a brisket flat that has been soaked in a brine for many many days and will not taste like a regular plain brisket flat that you buy. But like the others said smoked corned beef (Pastrami) is awesome. I plan on loading my freezer as they go on sale here soon because I love them so much.
  7.   At Sam's the other day they had Corned beef Briskets on sale for $2 something a pound. So if you smoke one of those you get pastrami??
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  8. Thanks Guys!  Looks like I will be doing a Pastrami then!  Will have to watch for a regular brisket on sale.

    Thanks again, 

    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011

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