awsome pastrami!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by twistertail, May 3, 2010.

  1. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    So I did my first pastrami and it was GREAT! Looking at the spices at the store I found a McCormick pepper blend that had black, white and I think green pepper corns and allspice and coriander and the bottle had the hand grinder on the top. I think it was only about 3 bucks and worked fine. I soaked the corned beef for 3 or 4 hours and changed the water 3 times and patted dry with a paper towel. I set the grinder to the coars setting and covered the brisket all the way around and then sprinkled some garlic powder. Smoked at about 250 with cherry till it got to about 160. Let it cool then put it in the fridge till the next day. Then I used an electric roaster and and put some water in the bottom then set the meat on a rack above the water put the lid on and set the temp to 300. It was in the steam for about 6 hours and that was a little too long, it was hard to slice some of it because it was just falling apart. The taste was amazing and it got destroyed in no time. Super tender, moist, smokey, peppery!! It was 4.5 pounds before smoked/steamed and 3 of us ate it all! I've got 6 more in the freezer that will get the same treatment!
  2. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There is no doubt that once you hav made your own that you will be hooked! It's great stuff! Never tried steaming myself. I just take mine to 180 in the smoker, and then cool and slice. Always comes out tender and juicy. Oh and by the way.. It never happened unless there are pics!
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds great. Where is the Qview? Guess it never happened. hehe
  4. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    i knew someone would ask for qview, ha ha
    we were brewing beer, drinking beer and had not ate all day, pictures would have been scary! It was gone in seconds!
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes you are hooked on the pastrami. Now you know how my wife did the first time that I made it. Now for your spices you can get a mixture for pickling by McCormicks also and use it. I use it in my brine for corned beef when I do it from scratch.
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats Twister, sounds like it was a winner.
    [​IMG]for your first AND for giving it some steam treatment [​IMG]

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