Pastrami (with Q-View)

Discussion in 'Beef' started by luv2q, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Here's my attempt at a pastrami project. Overall, I think it came out very well. It was also my first time using an AMNPS. It took a few adjustments on my part to keep the unit smoking, but when I finally got the smoke rolling steady, the amazing little contraption didn't stop until the end. I guess you can add another person to the overwhelming pile of positive recommendations for the AMNPS unit! As promised, here's the Q-View for my pastrami project:

    Two packs of corned beef brisket purchased at BJ's Wholesale Club. Just under 4.2 pounds at $3.49 per pound.


    These are shots of the back of the packages.


    Into the cold water and into the refrigerator they went for 24 hours to soak the salty taste out of them.


    During the 24 hour soaking period, I changed the water four times and turned them over each time I did so. This is a shot with the fat caps on top.


    Here, the corned beef briskets got a medium coat of coarsely ground cracked black peppercorns, coriander and garlic.


    Into the smoker they went with the fat cap on top.


    After wanting one for such a long time, I finally ordered and received an AMNPS. I decided to fill it with two rows of apple pellets for its debut smoke.


    Ironically, this smoke project started at 5:00pm and ended at just after 1:00am, so two rows of apple pellets was just right because the last pellets stopped smoking right before the briskets reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Beginner's luck, I guess.


    Here they are, ready to be wrapped and put into the refrigerator for a day before slicing.


    Here's a close-up of the seasonings. It smells so good!!!


    The next day, both briskets got sliced up thin. I know they tasted great because my wife kept eating pieces as I sliced and saying, "Mmmmm!".




    After slicing, I lined everything up and broke out the vacuum sealer. My family's personal pile went into the refrigerator, so I didn't vacuum seal those. I only packaged what I was going to give away to family and friends.


    These are the vacuum sealed gift packs.


    Please enjoy the pics and thank you for looking!
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  2. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Really nice - Pastrami, My favorite.


  4. red, thank you! The wife and I had pastrami sandwiches for lunch today. They were GREAT!!!

    Tim, thank you!
  5. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW that looks GREAT!!!!!
  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow This is an great looking pastrami nice color,nice spice on it [​IMG]
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Excellent looking pastrami! Great job!
  8. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    Looks very nice.  great job.
  9. ronrude

    ronrude Meat Mopper

    All of a sudden I am craving Pastrami......
  10. Ok, another item for the to do list.  Nice job I am drooling.  [​IMG]
  11. RdKnB, thank you!
    Africanmeat, thank you!
    Al, thank you!

    Diesel, thank you!

    ron, me too! [​IMG]
    Ice, thank you! The more you hang out here at SMF, the longer the list is going to get. Trust me!
  12. bignick

    bignick Meat Mopper

    You are a kind soul, I'd be putting that bounty in the freezer for myself!  This is one of the few things that I haven't smoked yet, you've given me the motivation!
  13. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Does look great.
    Great Bear-views .
    Just added to my "to do list“
  14. [​IMG]Nice job.
  15. Nick, thank you! I got the motivation from simply being here at SMF and learning from my fellow smokers. This "second hand smoke" certainly is contagious!!! [​IMG]

    jrod, thank you!

    ale, thank you!
  16. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How wierd? I keep checking but my gift package hasn't arrived yet? Did you get my address correct?
  17. Great looking pastrami! This makes me want some now...guess it is time to make some.
  18. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    Nice lookin work!! Hope it taste as good as it looks. Can't wait for the St. Paddy Day CB sales
  19. Don't know how I missed this but that looks so yummy!

  20. Oh  man that looks so good!!!  With St. Patty's day coming up.....brisket should be on sale.  I will definately have to try making some of this.

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