I guess what I meant was, when you buy a corned beef brisket from the store, is it already boiled? And if you buy a corned beef brisket from the store to make pastrami, is it raw beef just brined but not boiled yet or is it already boiled? Isn't corned beef boiled? Am I saying this the right way?
Tim, are you saying to buy a "ready-to-eat" corned beef brisket and rub, then smoke? I thought corned beef brisket, besides having possibly different spices than Pastrami, was also boiled after brining. I DO understand that to make it Pastrami, it needs to be smoked, I just thought if you take the shortcut of buying corned beef, there was an extra step somewhere in-between that was already done with CB that isn't with Pastrami: boiling.
Sorry for the confusion, I've never had corned beef so don't know how it comes when you buy it.