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Avid readers may recall my dilemma on how to handle this huge corned beef from Restaurant Depot.
I decided to cut it up and vac-u-suck some pieces for later and cook a couple of chunks for pastrami. Here's the progress so far...
The corned beef is Bea's Best brand from Restaurant Depot.
I have not tried this brand but friends have and say that it is excellent. However, the local RD (Lombard, IL) only had monster briskets in stock. Here is the brisket with a ruler so you can get an idea of the size. It is sitting on a Smokey Mountain Smokers 18" x 24" disposable cutting board.
This was the smallest one in the case and it weighed almost 20 lbs!
Here it is out of the cryovac, before any trimming.
I trimmed it much like I would for a fresh brisket, removing the hard fat and thinning the fat cap to about 1/4", then I removed the point and cut the flat into four chunks.
I vac-u-sucked the point separately and vac-u-sucked the two smaller flat pieces in one package and put them in the freezer for later use. The two larger flat pieces went into gallon zip bags with fresh water to soak. Since I've never used this brand I went for 48 hours with two changes of water.
This morning I pulled the Memphis Pro out of the garage and started it up.
I gave the two corned beef flat chunks a nice coating of ThirdEye's pastrami rub
and let them sit while the Pro came up to temp.
The corned beef chunks went into the Pro at 250 degrees at about 8:15am.
The plan is to smoke them until they hit 165 - 170 internal (or until tender) and then foil and rest for an hour, then chill before slicing. Then we'll have pastrami Ruebens for dinner
More to come later...