First Pastrami Attempt

Discussion in 'Beef' started by ycastane, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. ycastane

    ycastane Smoke Blower

    I bought a couple corned beef flats from Winn Dixie since I couldn't wait the time it takes to make my own. I desalinated it, rub them with the amazingribs rub, smoked them for about 3 hrs with cherry wood, let it rest for a couple hrs and then back into the steamer. It was about the same texture before the steamer and after, very tasteful and tender, perhaps could have been a little more tender but it was good as is.

    Noticed that after I took it out of the steamer and started slicing in a minute or 2 it went dry again, not a issue but just an observation.

    Bought some rye bread, sauerkraut and thousand island and made a Sammy that was really good. Next pastrami will be done by me all the way from either a flat or a whole brisket.

  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks good

    I don't remember the ingredients in Amazin Rub but I know pastrami is normally heavy on the black pepper and coriander.  Is that basically what you used.   What temps did you run in the smoker and how long was it in the steamer, that may account for it being a bit tough.

    The most important thing is that you enjoyed it and it looks delicious.   
  3. ycastane

    ycastane Smoke Blower

    Yes those are the ingredients from amazing ribs with some garlic and onion and that kind of stuff but mainly black pepper and coriander. I ran it at 225 in the smoker until it hit IT 203, couldn't wait till it reached 205 lol, it about about 3 hrs perhaps a bit less, forgot to write everything down. Steamer was about 1.5 hrs until it reached 203 IT.

    Definitely tastes awesome, was tender for me, overall I'd say a 9 out of a 10 for me, although I have nothing else to compare it to but I loved it and will be making more as soon as I get that piece of brisket.
  4. I think that's so exciting, it looks great, and I LOVED your sandwich description! Very fun! Cheers! - Leah
  5. Looks like you did good for your first pastrami  [​IMG]  
  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good real good!
  7. ycastane

    ycastane Smoke Blower

    Ohh okay, thought i might have messed it up a bit since it was the first time. I'll be buying a brisket this wknd and doing the brining and all from scratch!

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