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Fat Woody 02-17-2012 04:38 PM

Diverse cook, inspired by the Brethren
OK - trying a few new recipes and methods today and hopefully posting some coherent methodology as I go along.

I have been wanting to make a real corned beef and pastrami for a while now, so first order of business this morning was to retrieve my brisket from it's pickling bath. I picked up a smallish (9 lb) packer a few days ago and separated the point and flat.

The point would be made into corned beef and the flat would become pastrami. Using the recipe in Michael Ruhlman's Charcuterie (with Brian Polcyn) for pastrami, I brined/pickled the two pieces for three days. The point was simply cooked by braising in a covered roasting pan in a slow oven (250*) for about three hours. I wanted to produce a "standard corned beef" as a benchmark and this was my first attempt, so the oven was the way to go. The resulting product is great, excuse me for saying so myself, but it really is good!! Here's the finished corny:

Part two of the brisket equation was the pastrami and for that the only differences were cooking it on the smoker with a 50-50 rub of ground black pepper and coriander seed. The pastrami went on the smoker at 9:00 AM and is still getting happy, more on that later.

One of the other things I wanted to do was test a couple of new flavor profiles for our comp. pork. I had a small (4 lb) bone-in roast and my competition partner-in-crime Alan brought over a 7 lb butt to make for his dad's 90th birthday celebration. His dad lis a big time pulled pork aficionado! Kim and Andy from Smoke on Wheels were kind enough to hook me up with some of their Pork Marinade and Injection (thanks Kim!), so inserting shameless plug here:


Combined that with some AJ and a new rub (one I have not used for pork before) and marinated both overnight. Strained the marinade this morning and injected both butts, then rubbed with a slightly modified version of Myron's Basic BBQ Rub from his book Smoking with Myron Mixon (also good stuff!).
I am using the pan method as we have had some success with it in the past.

Into the smoker around 9:30 and targeting 250* for the cook. The third component will be beef ribs for dinner tonight, so stay tuned for updates...which frankly, may not come until tomorrow, depending on how many beers I've had!

Cast Iron Chef 02-17-2012 04:41 PM

Looks like a good start. Keep the pron coming.

bover 02-17-2012 04:43 PM

Looking good!

Fat Woody 02-17-2012 05:05 PM

We've been stockpiling beef ribs for a couple of weeks since Wally World has had them for 1.88/lb. Alan weighed in again with some short ribs from his butcher friend in Topeka and I got them on the smoker around 1:30. Both were marinated in tomato juice, soy and worsty over night. The longer back ribs were rubbed down with Dr. BBQ's Big Time BBQ Rub and the Wally Specials with our proprietary Fullwood Bros' Rub-A-Bubba.

BigBobBQ 02-17-2012 07:47 PM

looks like a great start, Can't wait to see more.

Fat Woody 02-17-2012 10:38 PM

Here's a few more shots. The back ribs with a liberal dose of Dr. BBQ's Big Time BBQ Rub:

A shot of the old Brinkmann Lefty, loaded:

Pastrami was started with oak and once the butts went on I started mixing in hickory and pecan. For the majority of the cook smoker temps were between 230-250. Everything is off the Lefty now and all turned out well; here's a look at the finished products.

Pastrami - nice peppery crust, looking forward to lots of sammies this weekend:

The two pork roasts, somewhere between slicing and pulling tender, great flavor from the SOW marinade:

Beef ribs - tender and juicy after two and a half hours of smoking and another two hours braising in beer to finish:

Thanks for checking it out!

mytmouz 02-18-2012 12:56 AM

It all looks good, but those ribs are killer...

Dragonfly 02-18-2012 08:16 AM

Man, it all looks great, thanks for sharing!

campdude 02-18-2012 08:52 AM

Some great looking meat there. I'd hit some of all of them. Those ribs make me want to go get some beef ribs now.

LMAJ 02-18-2012 12:41 PM

Wow - good looking cook you have there!

Fat Woody 02-18-2012 04:04 PM

Additional gratuitous pron of finished products
Adding a few final pix of the finished products.

Pastrami sammies for lunch today:
Corned beef:
Pulled pork bits (cold):

Phrasty 02-19-2012 12:14 AM

Great looking grub you got there! That sammy is righteous!!!! :thumb:


BobBrisket 02-19-2012 12:24 AM


Originally Posted by Fat Woody (Post 1952205)

OMG!!! You are killing me! I'd hit that and it's mommy too! That looks farkingtastic!:thumb:


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