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My first smoke on the Mini

post #1 of 12
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For my first smoke I decided to do a pastrami.  I had purchased some brisket and dunked it in a brine for 10 days and this is how it looked when I pulled it out on day 10

 

 

 

The recipe I used called for 4 TBS of fresh ground black pepper and after about .5 TBS my arm and wrist were getting tired of all the grinding.  I thought there had to be a better way and this is what I came up with.

 

It worked like a champ!  Grinding through the 4 TBS in about 30 seconds.  So with the prep out of the way it came time to rub the fresh corned beef down. 

 

 

 

 

Then sent off to the fridge for a 2 day rest.  Time to fire up the mini

 

 

pulled the rubbed down corned beef from the fridge

 

 

 

after 10 hours at 225 I pulled the Pastrami and an IT of 190

 

 

 

 

 

 

It tasted really good but I am following the guide on Amazing Ribs website and they suggest to wrap in foil for 12 hours and then steam. So, after work today I will be steaming one of these beauties to an IT of 203 and enjoy a pastrami on rye for dinner.  I cant wait.  More pictures to come...

post #2 of 12

Looks great, very nice bark.

 

So how was the mini too use?  First impressions?

post #3 of 12
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the mini was really easy to use.  It took me about 15 minutes or so to dial in 225 and once I did, it cruised right along for about 4 hours and I had to make a couple of adjustments, shake the ash of the coals and then close the damper a little.  I added coals around the 5-6 hour mark and was good to go for the rest of the cook.  All in all, I am very happy I built the Mini and would recommend it to all.   

post #4 of 12

Great looking pastrami! The Mini really is easy to use!

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by shelterit View Post

For my first smoke I decided to do a pastrami.  I had purchased some brisket and dunked it in a brine for 10 days and this is how it looked when I pulled it out on day 10







The recipe I used called for 4 TBS of fresh ground black pepper and after about .5 TBS my arm and wrist were getting tired of all the grinding.  I thought there had to be a better way and this is what I came up with.





It worked like a champ!  Grinding through the 4 TBS in about 30 seconds.  So with the prep out of the way it came time to rub the fresh corned beef down. 










Then sent off to the fridge for a 2 day rest.  Time to fire up the mini






pulled the rubbed down corned beef from the fridge







after 10 hours at 225 I pulled the Pastrami and an IT of 190
















It tasted really good but I am following the guide on Amazing Ribs website and they suggest to wrap in foil for 12 hours and then steam. So, after work today I will be steaming one of these beauties to an IT of 203 and enjoy a pastrami on rye for dinner.  I cant wait.  More pictures to come...

Oh my goodness, that looks amazing !! drool.gif: What type wood chunks if any did ya use ?
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Originally Posted by WaterinHoleBrew View Post


Oh my goodness, that looks amazing !! drool.gif: What type wood chunks if any did ya use ?

Thank you.  I used Kingsford blue bag charcoal and pecan wood chunks. 

post #7 of 12

Awesome looking Pastrami Shelterit    I'd say the inaugural smoke was highly successful. Well done!

B

post #8 of 12

Congrats on the Tim Taylor pepper grinder too !

post #9 of 12

Great looking Pastrami! Looks like the mini did the job!

post #10 of 12

Looks great! I love the cordless drill idea kewl.gif

post #11 of 12
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Thanks everyone!  This was not only my first smoke on the mini but my first attempt at pastrami and I would have to say they were both a success thanks to all the help I received on here.  You guys are great!

post #12 of 12

Outstanding strami!

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