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First shot at pastrami

roharris33

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I discovered some corned beef for sale at my local grocery store. I've been wanting to try making some pastrami for a while now. I picked up a couple of flat cut briskets about 4.5 pounds each. Soaked in water for 5 hours. I used the rub from amazingribs.com. They've been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days now. I plan on smoking them Saturday. More Qview coming Saturday.

 

chef willie

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good score....no sales here even after St. Paddys Day they are still $4 a pound....Willie
 

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Just to clarify, the briskets were "CORNED BEEF" right? I know that sounds like a stupid question but you didn't say. Secondly, be careful before adding any additional salt. Even after soaking, those pre corned briskets can be brutally salty. I'd do a fry test before smoking just to make sure.
 

stlmyke

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good score....no sales here even after St. Paddys Day they are still $4 a pound....Willie
I had that same issue, and when I asked the meat monger about sales I was told we sell too many during the year well just freeze them for later.
 

chef willie

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I had that same issue, and when I asked the meat monger about sales I was told we sell too many during the year well just freeze them for later.
now that's a gross practice.....I'd be pissed to find out some meat I bought thinking fresh had been frozen. And, I believe I read somewhere CB is not good to freeze. From the eHow site:
Corned beef is is a chunk of beef that has been treated by rubbing salt into it. The salt in the beef promotes rancidity and changes the texture of the meat, which can make it difficult to store for long periods of time. Without taking the proper steps, corned beef will be ruined when put in a freezer

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_5110232_freeze-corned-beef.html#ixzz2xBS3EFoH
 

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Just to clarify, the briskets were "CORNED BEEF" right? I know that sounds like a stupid question but you didn't say. Secondly, be careful before adding any additional salt. Even after soaking, those pre corned briskets can be brutally salty. I'd do a fry test before smoking just to make sure.
I did that same recipe from amazingribs.com with a store bought cornerd beef and I was worried about the saltiness.  Wisely, the pastrami rub recipe has no salt at all in it so the salt content was perfect for my liking.
 

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I had that same issue, and when I asked the meat monger about sales I was told we sell too many during the year well just freeze them for later.
now that's a gross practice.....I'd be pissed to find out some meat I bought thinking fresh had been frozen. And, I believe I read somewhere CB is not good to freeze. From the eHow site:
Corned beef is is a chunk of beef that has been treated by rubbing salt into it. The salt in the beef promotes rancidity and changes the texture of the meat, which can make it difficult to store for long periods of time. Without taking the proper steps, corned beef will be ruined when put in a freezer

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_5110232_freeze-corned-beef.html#ixzz2xBS3EFoH
I agree, and since they told me that I have stopped all purchases of meat from them. If your in the St. Louis area it is Shop N Save that I was told this by.
 

roharris33

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Sorry, yeah it's corned beef. Hopefully after 5 hours soaking it won't be too salty. I've been hearing good things about the recipe I'm using. How long do you guys let it sit in the fridge after smoking?

The sale wasn't that great $3.20/lb.
 

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I'm in for this. I love pastrami and can't wait for the finished pictures.

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I let it sit for two days and then steamed it as per the directions on the website... It was probably the best thing I ever cooked... Can't wait to see your results
 

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I had that same issue, and when I asked the meat monger about sales I was told we sell too many during the year well just freeze them for later.
now that's a gross practice.....I'd be pissed to find out some meat I bought thinking fresh had been frozen. And, I believe I read somewhere CB is not good to freeze. From the eHow site:
Corned beef is is a chunk of beef that has been treated by rubbing salt into it. The salt in the beef promotes rancidity and changes the texture of the meat, which can make it difficult to store for long periods of time. Without taking the proper steps, corned beef will be ruined when put in a freezer

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_5110232_freeze-corned-beef.html#ixzz2xBS3EFoH
Glad I read this thread. Bought several CB points for $1.99/# after St. P day. Started soaking one today but thought about freezing 3 others. Now I think I'll crock pot one of the others and pastrami the other two. Thx Chef.
 

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Looks good man!  You said you soaked it for 5 hours - did you change the water a few times or add any potatoes to help absorb the extra salt?
 
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I have used Deb's Pastrami from this forum for making pastrami from scratch and it  has a nice salt balance IMHO.

Disco
 

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