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Pastrami time

post #1 of 9
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Finally decided to take my first shot at a pastrami..

I cheated on the curing part by picking up a 4 lb corned beef brisket. While it turned out great, next time I'll definitely start from scratch with TQ.

Started off by soaking it in ice water for 5 hours, changing the water several times, to remove some of the sodium.

Rubbed on a little evoo and a rub that consisted of:

1/2 cup whole black peppercorns
2 TBS coriander seeds
1 tsp each dry mustard, onion powder, and garlic powder
3 tsp of chipotle powder that I made earlier in the year.

and then into the fridge overnight to rest..

Smoked it in the drum with cherry wood for 6 hours, and rested for a couple hours..

Here it is sliced up as thin as I could get it ..

Turned out great! Probably better than any store bought I've ever had..

Thanks for looking!
post #2 of 9
First shot won't be your last. Excellent Job. Looks fantastic PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 9
Congrats on the pastrami Chris.
It truly is so much better than any I have bought in a local deli.
points.giffor trying something new and doing a great job!
Liked the mix of seasonings you used...especially the chipotle icon_wink.gif
post #4 of 9
Nice job.Definetly pastrami month...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 9
Yet another outstanding pastrami this month!! I see that chipotle is a popular hot-spice to put into pastrami....how's it taste or mix with the juniper and other spices?

You did a beautiful job on yours too....PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 9
Yet another pastrami smoke...looks awesome and nice slices...did the chipotle come through ????
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
The chipotle came through big time.. the bark had a nice bite to it, but with the little bit of bark on each slice, it wasn't overpowering.. Thanks for the compliments guys..
post #8 of 9
Looks Great Chris... PDT_Armataz_01_36.gif

Pastrami Month indeed...
post #9 of 9
It really is pastrami month for sure. I like yours and you said you got some of the chipotle to come thur. I like that I always want alittle kick to my food.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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