First pastrami questions

Discussion in 'Beef' started by billhilla, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    I read Jeff's article the other day on making pastrami, but I can't find it now.  I have been soaking my corned beef overnight changing the water every hour or so.  I am going to slather some dijon on next and then rub the spices in and let it set for 3 -4 hours.

    I plan on smoking it today, but I can't remember what temp to use and what is the target IT.  I have a Masterbuilt 40" electric smoker and the brisket is 3.5 lbs.

    I plan on steaming it tomorrow with a crab boil packet (another helpful hint from this site), but I don't know what IT it is supposed to be after steaming.

    An input would be greatly appreiated!
     
  2. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Bill,

    I keep about 225*-240* and pulled my last one at 165*, foiled, rested in cooler an hour or so then into the fridge overnight. Sliced the next day.

    Hope this helps. Don't forget to post pics and info. You know we like to drool at the pics. [​IMG]

    Steve
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013
  3. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Thanks for getting back to me!

    I was sure that Jeff's article said to smoke the brisket to 195 and then foil it up and let it stand overnight and then steam it the next day after IT was around 210.

    I am a little concerned now on what temp to pull it at now.

    I have taken pics of the process so far and will take more during/after the smoke and steaming.  I don't know how to post them on this website, but I'm sure I can get it figured out.
     
  4. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  5. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Thank you for the links!!!

    I just pulled the brisket from the frig after 3 hours with the mustard and spice.  Getting the MES 40 up to 225 now and plan on using AMNPS apple wood pellets.

    I read several different articles on how to make pastrami and there are a few different methods.  I decided on the following:

    Soak the corned beef for 24 hrs, changing the water several times.  Pat it dry and apply mustard base with spice rub and let it sit in frig for 3 hrs.

    Preheat smoker to 225 and I decided on apple wood pellets for smoke flavor.  I am going to smoke the brisket until internal temp is about 150 - 155.

    I am going to steam the brisket after smoking for a couple of hours with a crab boil bag in the water.

    I have taken progress pics and will continue to take pics at each step.  Tonight, I'll see if I can figure out how to get the pics up here!
     
  6. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

     
  7. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Corned beef after soaking overnight[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  8. billhilla

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  12. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Well I screwed up my first q-view, so here is the commentary
     
  13. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Pic 1 is corned beef after soaking overnight
     
  14. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Pic 2 is lighting the apple wood pellets in the AM PS
     
  15. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Pic 3 is after mustard and spice rub added and sat in frig for 3 hrs
     
  16. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Pic 4 is showing the dreaded 145-150 'stall'
     
  17. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Whoops! Pic 5 is duplicate
     
  18. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Pic 6 the brisket hits 155 IT and time to pull from smoker
     
  19. billhilla

    billhilla Fire Starter

    Pic 7 getting wrapped in plastic and into the frig for night
     

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