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Pastrami A Work In Progress

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I stopped in the grocery yesterday after work and Corned Beef was on sale for $1.79 a pound. I have wanted to try making pastrami and the price was right.    The one on the left I soaked over night changing the water a few times and the one on the right, I just thoroughly rinsed. I know it isn't real pastrami as I did not brine it myself, but for the price and convenience I am happy to give it a go.  My spice rub was cracked black pepper, coriander, garlic, a little turbinado sugar, and a bit of ghost powder from my garden.  If it weren't for the hot chili in the rub, I would have put it on much thicker.  I have been cooking between 225F and 250F with a mix of apple and pecan wood.


Thanks for looking.  I will add more shots as I get there.


Just starting out..



About 90 minutes in..



Just about 150F, soon it will be time to wrap.


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I will trim the fat cap slightly closer next time, but I am very pleased with my first attempt and will try it again next time I see it on sale. Steamed the meat in the top of my rice cooker for about a minute, before hitting some fresh rye bread with some nice swiss and Plochman's mustard. It cooked for about 7.5 hours and then spent a couple hours wrapped in a cooler before being refrigerated over night. The cooker crept up to just under 300F for the last hour of the cook. The other one that I did not soak retained much more bright pink color but was really salty.  I will definitely soak next time as well.





The finished product.  Thanks for looking.



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3 hours ago, King19 said:

How was the salt?  

I preferred the soaked one, but I gave samples to a few friends and they all liked the one that wasn't soaked.  The feedback I got was the rub was really peppery and the salt helped balance it out.  They all said I should definitely do it again.

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Hmmm. I am curious about this. I soaked mine this weekend and a guy from work is asking me to smoke him one- not sure whether I should go through the trouble (well, mess really) of soaking his.

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