First off I want to apologize for not having any pictures, I do not own a digital camera. I tried to get some pictures with my blackberry but they were really bad Anyways thanks to Dude I wanted to try my hand at a corn beef pastrami this weekend. I am not a real big fan of pastrami but have also never had good pastrami either. So I ran to walmart Saturday afternoon and picked up a corn beef, old bay, and pickeling spice. I also figured that if I was going to have the smoker going I mightas well make it worth my while and picked up some spare ribs too. When I got home I took the corn beef and soaked it for about two hours in salt water, which I am now thinking was a mistake, and then rubbed her down with evoo, old bay, and the pickling spice and threw her in the fridge to rest till morning. I also got the spares trimmed up and rubbed down with raw sugar, kosher salt, paprika, course ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregono, thyme, and dry mustard. When I woke up on sunday morning to a nice rain. No big deal I just brought the smoker into the garage and but out of the rain and wind, plus it gave me reason to clean my garage. About 10:30 both pieces of meat went on and rolled nicely at 230ish for about an hour and half then the the beef got sprayed ever hour after that with straight apple juice and the ribs got a mix of pineapple juice and rum I decided that I was going to try not foiling the ribs at all which was a good idea and I dint know if I will ever foil again. About 5 the ribs were done and were amazing, hands down the top 5 ribs I have ever had. They had good bark and just the rightamount of chew, I am not a fan of ribs that fall off the bone I like just alittle bit of resistane. I was pretty happy with them Now the pastrami on the other hand what a disaster. Everything was rolling along good I hit an internal temp of about 157 at 2pm and it sat there till about 5 when the ribs came off and I was thinking that it was going to be perfect. The when I pulled the ribs the temp of the beef dropped by about 12 degrees so I started decond guessing my thermometer and pulled it off after another hour. After letting it sit for an hour I went and sliced part of it and wow. Salty as hell and tough as shoe leather. I guess my therm was right because I decided to check after that and it read a perfect 212 in boiling water. I still have half that didn't get sliced so I am going to attempt to steam it tonight and see what happens. All in all I was not impressed.