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First time Pastrami w/ qview

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mole177, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    I went  with the short cut buying some corned beef.




    Been in around 3 hrs... can't wait till i get it out!

    Should I let it rest then steam? or just proceed to steamer?
  2. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good, I just did my first pastrami this weekend.  what are you using for spices?  I just microwaved mine to warm it up.  Actually ran to the fridge and just grabbed some to munch on several times!
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a great start!!
  4. BandCollector

    BandCollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Looks great!
  5. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    after 4 hrs of 220-230f smoke,

    pulled at 160f, rested for  an hour.

    as is, a tad chewy, sliced the best i can with my trusy knife.





    that's a potato bread loaf i made to go along with the strami.
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I take mine to a little higher temp, but I usually set it in the fridge to either steam later or slice thinly for sandwiches.  Having said that, yours sure looks nice.
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am very overdue for another pastrami. Yours looks great. How did you like it?
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Well you pastrami looks awesome and I know you can't wait for that potatoe bread and alittle mustard too. I'm not sure if there's a post in wiki or not on corning a brisket or not. I corn my own and believe me once you taste your own corned beef you will be hooked on that to. I just looked and there isn't a thread on making your own homemade corned beef.  I guess I'll have to get busy and write one.
  9. mole177

    mole177 Fire Starter

    I steamed the pastrami after letting it rest.

    Following day after in the fridge over night, the left over strami became tough. Is that normal?

    I was assuming it would still have been tender. I didn't bother re-steaming, I only ate a pinch.
  10. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yours looked very good. As to the toughness. I usually take mine to 165 degrees then foil with beer & then to 205. Wrap in towels in cooler & let rest for a couple of hours. Then in fridge and slice thin against the grain when cold. It should melt in your mouth. They cook much like regular brisket, some take longer than others. I've had them go anywhere between 8-17 hours. They tend to stall just like flats.
  11. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    The two times I have done pastrami, my MES quit on me part way through and I had to foil wrap and finish in the oven.  Both times, they turned out very good.  Tender and tasty.

    That may say something about foiling on smoked meats:-}}
  12. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I do allmost the same as al, But after leting mine rest  for a few hours i put it in the fridge over night then 2-3 hr steam the next day b4 slicing. The steaming seems to help the tenderness alot.
  13. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    For the steaming, how do you guys go about that? Do you use a broil pan and put water in the bottom and into the oven? Never made one and they look delicious! 


  14. You take a skillet with a cover. Put some water in it and get it simmering. Put some slices of pastrami in foil and wrap loosely. Put it in the skillet on top of the water and cover it for like 2 minutes. Throw it on some rye with some spicy mustard. That's how my Mom in NY did it when I was just a wee lad.