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Old 09-17-2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Tatoosh View Post
I want to try making pastrami pretty soon. So right now I'm looking at brisket, a dry cure, then smoking. I know that corned beef is often done with a brine, but I prefer to use a dry cure if possible.
I am not saying it can't be done, but "Corned Beef" is traditionally done in a brine. It is because of the brine that the spices are able to impart the flavor into the meat.

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However I'd like to end up with those nice thin slices you see piled up in photos of deli pastrami sandwiches, not chunks of meats.
I think slices vs chunks has to do with how you decide to cut the meat.

I have always sliced mine without any problems.
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