Home made pastrami anyone?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by damon555, May 23, 2013.

  1. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    Unfortunately not from scratch like the other thread but it's a start. I haven't made pastrami in a while and the urge struck earlier this week. My wife was thoughtful enough to pick up a nice sized corned beef to get the show on the road.

    Here we go..... A 4.1 pound corned beef, 1/4 cup of ground coriander, 1/4 of fresh course ground pepper and the ingredient that makes the whole thing worth while 1/3 cup of fresh crushed juniper berries.

    All rubbed down and ready to soak up the flavor......

    Vacuum sealed and into the fridge she goes.

    I've never done pastrami on my WSM. I've only done them on my Masterforge gasser. They were delicious then and I bet the charcoal burner will make them spectacular this time. Also throwing a brined 8 lb pork butt on there to use up some more space. I'll probably add something else at the last minute just to load her down some more.

    There is some home made sauerkraut in the fridge and the plan is to make some reuben sandwiches. Can't wait!
    Last edited: May 23, 2013
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  2. marshallflyer

    marshallflyer Newbie


    I've done this a few times in my UDS. They were full briskets that I did from scratch. They were awesome. Only thing is both times it was really salty. I think it should have soaked for a bit longer to desalt.
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks really good.  Have some that I am itching to do too.  I usually soak my CB's about 10-12 hours.  The salty taste isn't as bad.  Yummm.....now I want Strami!

  4. Looks great.

    Happy smoken.

  5. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    I've done 5 or 6 with this particular brand of corned beef and have never soaked them. A quick rinse and some rub, vacuum seal and let sit over night then on to the smoker. They always turned out great. I gave some away one year for Christmas gifts. They were a big hit.
  6. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That really looks good!
  8. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    That Reuben looks OUTSTANDING!!
  9. That just looked mouth watering
  10. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I know what i'm making this week!   I want that rueben![​IMG]

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