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robbq 01-07-2014 01:44 AM

First pastrami
Hi everybody, I've been thinking about trying a pastrami for a while and finally did it last weekend. I saw people here recommending thirdeye's instructions so that's what I followed.

I used a store bought corned beef, 4 pounds. First I soaked it for about 24 hours in a few changes of water. Then I rubbed it and let it sit for another 2 days, and then smoked it with cherry for a couple hours until it hit 160 degrees.

The only problem I had was that because I use an electric smoker during the winter it doesn't really create good bark. I tried putting it under the broiler for a few minutes to see if I could crisp it up, but I was afraid I would cook the meat and make it tough, so it wasn't in there long enough to do much.

Next it went into the pressure cooker for 40 minutes to steam and tenderize.

While it was cooking I made a loaf of deli style rye bread.

Here is the finished pastrami.

And a sandwich with the pastrami on the home made bread, with swiss cheese and horseradish mustard.

It tasted great and was a lot of fun to make.

Smokeoholic 01-07-2014 02:46 AM


Chopper Duke 01-07-2014 02:49 AM

I so want to eat that sammich.

sliding_billy 01-07-2014 03:17 AM

That is a delicious looking sandwich.

Garrett 01-07-2014 06:18 AM

That strammie looks good!

Al Czervik 01-07-2014 09:13 AM

Great looking pastrami and kudos on the homemade bread... :thumb:

NickTheGreat 01-07-2014 09:16 AM

Pastrami might be my favorite thing to smoke. Only problem is the silly stuff disappears too fast

MikeR 01-07-2014 09:20 AM

Great looking andwich! :thumb: Haven't made pastrami in a bit but now I'm itching to do it soon.

cowgirl 01-07-2014 11:42 AM

Looks delicious!!

gtr 01-07-2014 11:46 AM

Very nicely done! The home made bread puts it right over the top.

Pastrami is the next thing on my list to do of things I haven't done yet. Can't wait!

cmseeley 01-07-2014 11:51 AM

Dangggg That looks good!!!

castlepines 01-07-2014 12:49 PM

That looks perfect on a day like today!

How did you get the meat stick to the grate like that in the first pic? Some sort of wizard or something. :wink:

robbq 01-07-2014 12:53 PM

Did the picture show upside down? I've been having problems with that.

Jason TQ 01-07-2014 01:08 PM

That bread makes me wish I made bread :becky:

SmokedJohnson 01-07-2014 01:39 PM

I would love to make a loaf of bread like that. WoW that looks good.

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