I like to get to Sam's early and take advantage of any "reduced for quick sale" meat. I am wanting to make some pastrami and found a brisket with today's "sell by" date. I know beef is usually still good for several days beyond it's "sell by" date... usually... but if I put in on to cure today, will it still be good in a week? I mean I know that the cure will preserve it, but it does take a while for the cure to reach all parts of the meat. I think it will be fine, but I remember being wrong once about something many moons ago so... opinions?