My First Pastrami

Discussion in 'Beef' started by dutch, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Having seen a number of posts about making pastrami from corned beef and having read TulsaJeffs newsletter on the same subject, I decided to give it a go meownself. Ma Dutch picked up a 4 pound corned beef flat several weeks ago. I soaked the flat for about 8 hours, changing the water every 2 hours. I dried off the flat and gave it good dusting of TulsaJeffs Rib Rub-minus the salt. Into the Lang smoker it went along with 2 pork butts, a pork loin, a pork tenderloin and some beef dino ribs.

    Everything was smoked at 250° and pulled off when the desired temps were reached.

    I pulled the 'strami off at 190° and let it cool off in the fridge overnight and the next morning it was vacu-sealed and placed into the freezer for St. Patrick's Day. Tuesday morning I pulled the 'strami from the freezer and placed it in the fridge to thaw for 24+ hours.

    Yesterday, around 2 pm I placed the pastrami in the crock pot with 3/4 cup of beef broth. When the internal temp reached 190°, this is what I had:

    Here it is sliced up for some sammies:

    And here is the sammie build- two slices of sourdough bread spread with some Thousand Island Dressing, topped with sauerkraut and Provolone cheese.

    And then the pastrami:

    On to the griddle for some toasty goodness:

    And served up with some more sauerkraut, chips, a pickle and one of Ma Dutch's Green Rice Krispy treats for dessert.

    This 'strami was worth doing and will be done again for sure. While eating this great creation, my brother called me to brag about his corned beef and cabbage supper that he was enjoying. I kinda stole the wind from his sail when I described how I made my sammich and how awesome it was. [​IMG]
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great to me.
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Heh-heh-heh!!! 1st one's a charm, Dutch! Betcha never buy deli 'strami again!

    Lookin' good, all the way to the plate!

  4. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    Dutch that looks awesome![​IMG]
  5. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I only wish my smoker could hold all that [​IMG]

    How long the strami' take?
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looked great Dutch!
    Had lots of corned beef yesterday but now I'm really in the mood for some strami.
    Only thing left to do now is try corning your own beef and smokin it up.
  7. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice Dutch.[​IMG]
  8. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    very nice, sweet looking strami for sure gotta give some [​IMG]
  9. bottomline

    bottomline Smoke Blower

    Freakin Awesome!!! Wish I had one of those sandwiches.[​IMG]
  10. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That is just perfect. Nothing like a nice plate, you have it all. From protein and veggies and dessert.
  11. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep, gotta try the corning thing-need to search the forum pages for some great corning recipes!

    The pastrami took 7 hours and the butts took nearly 12 hrs. Ma D was ribbing me saying if I had used foil, they would have been done sooner! But nah-I haven't used foil on ribs or butts in nearly a year.[​IMG]
  12. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great looking strami. My mouth is all wet & my stomach is growling. (I'm at work & haven't eaten all day.[​IMG]) [​IMG]
  13. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks mighty fine Dutch [​IMG]
  14. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  15. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Sure it's not your first time Dutch? [​IMG]Your pastrami looks excellent. Nicely done and perfectly cut across the grain.
  16. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great Dutch...[​IMG]
  17. phil brown

    phil brown Fire Starter

    Great job! The results speak for themselves. Pastrami is one of my two favorite deli meats (prosciutto is the other), and it God's gift to sandwiches. I myself love a pastrami reuben (which your sandwich is close to). As a suggestion for your corned beef experiments, make sure there is juniper in there! That makes it, IMO.
  18. timtimmay

    timtimmay Action Team

    Looks great! Time to go stock up on the corned beef since St. Patties day is over they are on sale.
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You people are gonna start thinking I'm too easy with my points.
    This is the third Strami I'm giving points to.
    I can't help myself, you guys are killin' me & my slobbered up keyboard !

    Points to you Dutch---->[​IMG]

  20. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have a small corned beef soaking for tomorrow. It's only the hubs and me. This was definitely the thread I needed. I already have rye bread in the bread machine, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and strong garlic pickles.

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