First try at homemade pastrami

Discussion in 'Beef' started by whiskeypapa, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. This recipe took me three weeks to do.  First, you put the 5-8 lb brisket ( trimmed ) into a brine made from

    2 T whole peppercorn

    1 1/2 T dry thyme

    3 T crumbled bay leaves

    2 t whole cloves

    1/4 cup minced garlic

    16 cups water

    3/4 cup demerara sugar

    3/4 cup kosher salt

    bring water, sugar and salt to a boil and add the rest of the spices.  Let steep for 1 hour and when the brine is cool put it in a 2 1/2 gal ziplock bag with the brisket.  Put in fridge for 3 weeks and turn is every 3-4 days.

    The picture below is after it has come out of the brine.


    wash the brisket and dry off. Then rub the brisket with a dry rub made from

    3 T ground coriander

    3 T ground pepper ( butcher's blend )

    6 cloves of minced garlic

    1 1/2 t yellow mustard seeds

    2 T kosher salt

    1/4 cup demerara sugar

    1/4 cup paprika

    1 T ground ginger


    after completely covering the brisket, put it in the fridge over night


    The picture below is after it had reached 160 in the smoker.  I then put apple juice in the pan and covered it until it reached 190.


    below - after it reached the temp and taken out of the pan to rest.


    I then sliced it up to make pastrami on rye sandwiches for friends.  I took enough for 12 sandwiches to work and they all raved how good it tasted.  They all said that I can try my practise work on them


    There wasn't any left so will have to do it all over again.
  2. Great looking have some lucky friends at work. Thanks for the recipe it looks like a keeper.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    And that's why we all gather here. Thanks for that post. 
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking Pastrami
  5. smokinal

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

    I may be wrong here but I thought you had to cure the brisket with cure #1 to make pastrami. I think what you made was marinated brisket. After brisket is cured it takes on a bright red color when it is cooked. Which is how pastrami looks. Yours was still brown like brisket. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly to help clear this up. Either way I'm sure it was delicious.
  6. I was thinking that too Al. Since no nitrites or nitrates were used is it really cured? It does look quite delicious though.
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I though it was strange there wasn't any cure in the recipe as well. Looks tasty either way. Hopefuly Pops will be around soon to check this out and educate us.
  8. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am with you guys, not pastrami, and 3 weeks in totally not necessary. Looks good either way.
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  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pastrami is made from corned beef and is cured... 

    It is usually the brisket that is cured to be corned beef but can be other cuts... 

    After it is  corned (CURED) then it has spices added and is smoked and usually steamed...

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