I have been making my own corned beef for several years but have never went the last step and made pastrami. Here is my first try. I think I'll give myself at least an 8 on this first attempt. There is lots of info and most of has lots of variations on brining time, smoke time and cooking time. I read them all and did it my way. I bought UDSA prime beef brisket. Note the price. I used my corned beef brine and left it in the brine for 7 days. Air dried it in the frig over night and smoked it at 225 about 4 hours. Got the IT to about 140. Than I moved it to the oven turkey roaster, a little water on the bottom, and left it in the oven for 7 hours at 190. I think it turned out great. Nice flavor and texture. I would like any feed back you can give. This is my first try, Here are the pictures USDA prime for $3.49 a lb I used the flat end for the pastrami and the large end for corned beef. Taking a brine bath One is ready for the smoker the other for a slow simmer. Air dried with pepper and coriander ready for the smoker, I used apple and hickory chips. About 3 - 4 hours in the smoker About 6 hours in the oven. Nice flovor and texture.