Eye of round Pastrami, mucho q-view!!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by smokinal, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. smokinal

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

    I was at Sam's a couple of weeks ago looking for some salmon to make lox. They really didn't have any that looked good so while looking around I found a 5# eye of round, Angus choice. I have been wanting to make pastrami with a round roast for some time. I grabbed it. No trimming necessary. I injected it with as much brine as it would hold, then into a bag with the rest of the brine for 12 days. This is the brine I used.

    1 gal water

    1/3 cup pickling salt

    1/3 cup raw sugar

    2 TBS cure #1

    1/3 cup pickling spices

    2 bay leaves

    1/8 cup granulated garlic

    Into a plastic bag & into the fridge. Here it is after 12 days.

    Next into an ice water bath for 4 hours.

    Dry it off & coat with mustard.

    Then black pepper, and wrap in plastic wrap, and into the fridge overnight.

    Out of the fridge in the morning, ready for the smoker. Using the Smoke Vault with hickory and oak, lava rock & water in the water pan.

    It took about 4 hours to get to 145 IT. Rested it for a couple of hours.

    Then had to cut into it for some Reuben sandwiches.

    Judy made some homemade rye bread, and it's just out of the oven.

    Took about half a loaf & split it in half & buttered the insides. Sliced up some pastrami.

    And started to build a sandwich for the flat top. First the pastrami, then the kraut.

    Finally the Swiss cheese, then the top piece of rye.

    Put a cover over it to get the inside hot. When the bottom is getting brown time to flip it.



    Yep ready to get the therm!!

    Now to make the Thousand Island dressing.

    I wish I could say I had a bunch of photo's of me cutting it up, but just as I pulled it off the grill a couple of friends showed up (I think they smelled the smoke)

    I cut it into 4 pieces & they all grabbed a piece before I could get the camera out of my pocket.

    I have one shot of what they left for me. Nice slice, with dressing & homemade dill pickles.

    The flavor was very good, the meat was extremely tender. I would definitely do this again.

    It's going to be a hard choice next time between brisket & eye of round for pastrami.

    Maybe I should just get another freezer & do both!

    Thanks for looking!

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  2. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow Al! That's looks like some great pastrami and a ridiculously good looking sandwich. It's so great how smoked meat and the griddle work hand in hand. I have some short rib pastrami Vaccuum packed in the freezer... I'm going to have to griddle up a nice Reuben! Points!!!!
  3. smokinal

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

    Thanks Man!

    It seems like I'm looking for ways to use the flat top, and your right they do go hand & hand.

    Thank you for the point too!!

  4. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    That looks great.. Question, did you take it to a lower IT because its a tender cut compared to a brisket flat?
    Most post's I read there taking the flat to 160* then steaming to around 200*
  5. smokinal

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

    Yes, an eye of round is like a prime rib or sirloin tip, if I didn't cure it & I just smoked it for roast beef sandwiches I probably would have pulled it off at 125-130. 

    But since it was cured I let it go a little longer, but no more than 145.

    Your right if this was a brisket pastrami, then I would have taken it to 195-200 IT.

  6. graniteman

    graniteman Smoke Blower

    Got to have some, my taste buds are going crazy just thinking of biting into that sandwich.   Super job
  7. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Makes sense. Thanks for the info..Thumbs Up
  8. smokinal

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

    Thanks Dave!

    I sent you the recipe.

  9. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]Central Fla. where would that be I'll be coming down 95 to 10 to 301 then cross over to 75 on my way to Sarasota will I be close enough for a sandwich? My luck probably not but I will definitely try the recipe. I was at a wild life dinner at the local American Legion on Friday evening and the had some great deer pastrami. Nice job Al.[​IMG]
  10. rkjjworld

    rkjjworld Newbie

    I'm very new at smoking so I'm sorry if this seems like a dumb question.  How is it that you leave meat in the fridge for 12 days without it going bad? Is it the brine? Do you trim anything off before cooking?  Sorry I feel silly for asking but that looks amazing and would love to try something like that...just can't seem to get past that college [​IMG]y class and the nasty things that grow! 
  11. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

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  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow. Looks great.

    Recipe for the 1000 island dressing?
  13. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome post!.  point. b
  14. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Only dumb question is one thats not asked. It's the cure#1 used in the brine that keeps the meat from going bad. It needs that length of time in the brine to completely cure the meat.
    Lots of info on curing. Use the search feature on the top of the page, and you can find all kinds of great info on curing.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  15. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This is a little more than what you are asking for but...

    Think about the hundreds of years before refrigeration? You slaughter the families 1500 pound Steer. You can only eat Fresh Beef for a couple weeks, then what? Enter Salt, Smoke and later Cure with Nitrate/Nitrite. Coat the meat in salt, or soak in a Brine, to kill initial Bacteria then a long rest to remove some moisture to further inhibit any new bacterial growth then get the added preservative benefits and flavor of Smoke and now the remaining hundreds of pounds of meat lasts the year rather than a few weeks all without refrigeration. 

    Yes this is a very basic description of one preservation method and in this case we are really only are after flavor rather than long preservation but describes how to keep meat edible past the 4-5 days it takes for a Beef Roast to get funky in the refer...JJ
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  16. jetsknicks1

    jetsknicks1 Smoking Fanatic

    Awesome job, that looks amazing. :points:
  17. smokinal

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

    The meat is being cured with Cure#1. All the pathogens are killed in the curing process, nothing left to spoil the meat.

    Thanks Phil!

    Thanks for the point!


    1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup dill pickles diced, 1/2 TB Apple cider vinegar, 2 tsp sugar, 1 TB minced garlic, S&P to taste

    Thanks for the point!

    Thanks B!

    Thanks for the point too!
    Thanks Buddy!

    Thanks for the point too!

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  18. smokinal

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

    Your going to be about 1 hour north of me on I-4. 

    I'll leave the light on!

    Thanks for the point!

  19. dstar26t

    dstar26t Fire Starter


    That pastrami looks incredible, nice work.  The cure made it all the way to the center without injecting?  Looks like it was 4-5" thick?

  20. smokinal

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


    I injected it & pumped as much brine inside that it would hold.

    Then into the bag with the rest of the brine.

    I probably should go back and change that in the original post.


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