Pastrami from the begining, update It's finally done!!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by smokinal, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have smoked several corned beefs into pastrami. Now I am going to take a brisket, cure it, and smoke it, so it's a pastrami from scratch. Here's the brisket I got from Sam's, it's a 9 lb. flat.

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    It has a huge fat cap on it & I'm going to trim most of it off.

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    I trimmed the fat cap off & it was 2.15 lbs. So now I have a brisket that is just under 7 lbs. Sorry guys I forgot to take a pic of the trimmed brisket, but here it is in the brine cure. I got the brine cure recipe from Uncle_lars. It's in the fridge for 7-10 days.

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    Stay tuned, will update when I remove it from the brine.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't wait to hear if you like brining your own better or if its just as good buying a corned beef at the store. 
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2011
  3. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    I'll be following this one too Al, I just did my first canadian bacon last weekend and pastrami is next on my list. Looks like you got a great hunk of meat there to work with. [​IMG]
     
  4. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Great start AL.  Ihave only done one pastrami from scratch and it was much tastier than most of the sammies i've had around. Plus i like that you can make it to you're own personal taste!!!

    I'll be waiting the long 7 days with ya AL!!!
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good one to watch.

    Clue us in on the price difference too.

    I think Wally has Full Packers for about $2 per pound.

    Thanks Al,

    Bear
     
  6. Ya. I bought a full 14 lb.packer at Wal Mart today for $2.18 per pound. Last week they were $2.98. 

    7 days and counting ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I saw them at Wally world too. If this turns out good that will be my next project.
     
  8. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    looks good Al

    I will be watching too

    I have mine in cure too. day 5 today I think

    they will be coming out on Monday
     
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking forward to the results Al... Looks Good So Far...
     
  10. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll be watching as well. My son asked me to make some, so I'm looking forward to your results.
     
  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I haven't bought a "Corned Beef" for years.

    How much are they, as opposed to the $2 brisket?

    Bear
     
  12. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    This is usually the time corned beef is on sale, next week is St. Patty's Day. Check out Costco, they were almost giving them away last year.
     
  13. I also bought 2  corned beefs yesterday while  at Wally World for my first try at pastrami  .The flat was $ 3.22 /lb and a point was $2.12/ lb. Went across the street to an Aldi store and they were $2.99 & $1.99.
     
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am going to grab a couple of CB this next week too while they are on sale but lookig forward to seeing your results Al
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Day 2 & counting![​IMG]
     
  16. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Any chance you will give the recipe for the brine?  I searched but can't see where Uncle_lars posted it.
     
  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Just PM uncle_lar, that's what I did. He has it already typed out with specific instructions to follow. It was for 25 lbs. of meat so I just cut it in half. The only critical measurement is the amount of cure#1. The rest can be changed to suit your taste. 
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I guess you gotta be careful how you cut the recipe in half, or you might not be able to read it???

    Sorry Al---Couldn't resist.  

    Bear
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Bear what am I gonna do with you. Do you stay awake nights thinking this stuff up?
     
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----I don't know---they're just there--------Don't use them on Judy---She'll have you committed!

    Bear
     

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