My First Pastrami - Temp battle!!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by byounghusband, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Well,
    Seeing as St. Patty's day has come and gone, I planned ahead and bought two Corned Beef Briskets. One was for St. Patty's day and the other was turned into Pastrami using Jeff's method on Smoking

    I had a Point cut Corned Beef Brisket cut that weighed about 4-1/2 pounds. I soaked it overnight with three changes of water. I trimmed it well removnig about a pound of fat. It ended up in two pieces.

    I then made a batch of Jeffs Rib Rub minus the salt. I coated the brisket with Mustard and then loaded it up with Rib Rub.

    I put it on the smoker with some Pecan chunks and had a tough time with temps, as it was around 35* and the wind was blowing. Smoker temp hovered around 200* or slightly less once it balanced out after adding more lump charcol.

    It plateaued at 156* for about 1-1/2 hours, then it started to rise again.... It got to 173* and then started dropping, even though the smoker was at 200*....[​IMG] I added another chimney full of fuel and it went to 185* in about 40 minutes after that.....

    I was dumbfounded when the temp dropped....

    I pulled it at 185* and let it sit for about an hour and then foiled it to rest. Put it in the fridge overnight.

    After church, we raced home to have us some Reuben Sammies!!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Sliced it

    And loaded the Cast Iron skillet with Sourdough Rye Bread, 1000 Island Dressing, Hot Pastrami, Sour Kraut, and Swiss Cheese. Toasted 'em up nice and sat down to a wonderful lunch!!

    Oh Boy!! Was that good!! No more buying Pastrami at the store anymore.

    Gonna Try one from scratch very soon!!
  2. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That's some mighty fine looking pastrami, great job [​IMG]
  3. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    that does look good, we did the same on saturday loved it
  4. porkaholic

    porkaholic Smoke Blower

    Looks wonderful. We will dine on my first one tonight. Never having done a brisket of any kind before I relied on information from this forum to wait out the temp stall. I smoked this pastrami in my newly completed UDS and had no temp problems. I too used Jeff's method. The whole smoke took over 10 hours but I think the results will be worth the effort.
  5. coacher72

    coacher72 Smoking Fanatic

    Loooks great!! I have one in te freezer that I plan to do soon. I was wondering, seems like most traditonal pastramies are rolled in crack pepper. Haqs anyone tried that instead of a rub?
  6. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! It's amazing how something so simple comes out sooooo good. [​IMG]
  7. My thought exactly....
    I will probably add a lot of CBP to the one I do from scratch. I figured that on this one I would do as Jeff said to get a feel for doing a "Quick" Pastrami. Hopefully someone around my area is gonna have Brisket's on sale soon!!!
  8. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I use a combo of black pepper corns, coriander, yellow and brown mustard seeds and garlic powder. The whole spices are ground coarse and mixed with the garlic powder. I've used yellow mustard as a base to hold the rub on. You could use oil, mayo or just let the moisture of the meat hold it on.
  9. cwinfrey

    cwinfrey Newbie

    I ate dinner a couple hours ago, and just had an apple...looking at those pics is making me want to eat....ONE OF THOSE SANDWICHES!!!!!

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