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Pastrami temp

post #1 of 5
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What temp does everyone cook their pastrami's to. I intend to slice for sammies not pull. I've done 175 with venison. I've been checking out some posts and it ranges from 140-190. What's your preference? Thanks in advance men.PDT_Armataz_01_38.gif
post #2 of 5
I pull mine at 160.
post #3 of 5
I go to 200. Slices well once cooled. The most recent one was smoked to 170 then finished in the oven over steam to 200. Just fantastic. I just had a pastrami sandwich for lunch today. So good.
post #4 of 5
Unless I wa misinformed I was told you have to go to at least 165* for safety reasons. Also if you go to 200* it'll give that connective tissue a better chance of breaking down and giving you a more tender result.

I did a 2.6 lb corned beef flat brisket a couple of weeks ago and spent 7 hours getting it to 165*. Then wrapped and stuffed into a cooler for several hours. Tasted great (getting ready to have a sandwich made from it now) but was a little tough. Wished I'd have taken higher on internal temp.

Look for the post titled "My weekend from heck with a corned beef brisket" to see my experience.
post #5 of 5
Don't know about venison, But I pull my beef pastrami at 165, cool in foil, then gently steam for 3 hours before slicing.

If you looking to do venison, look up Cowgirls recipe

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