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Pastrami. Going to start corning a brisket this weekend.

nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
If anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear them.  I have a packer brisket, and I'm reading up.  I have everything I need except a clear process.

I'll take pics to document my success or embarrassing public failure.  I have no shame.
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  • EggbertsdadEggbertsdad Posts: 794
    Good luck. I've done a quick brine to make the pastrami. No way I would call it an official method, but the flavor isn't too bad. Just be careful of the salt penetration. It can get over-bearing.
    Sarasota, FL via Boynton Beach, FL, via Sarasota, FL, via Charleston, SC, via The Outer Banks, via God's Country (East TN on Ft. Loudon Lake)
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  • AleBrewerAleBrewer Posts: 555
    http://ruhlman.com/2011/09/how-to-make-pastrami/

    I have not used this particular method....but it looks pretty good. You will love home made pastrami!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Ruhlman's looks good.  Reading.  As my mouth is on FIRE from this naga jolokia burger I just made and I'm about half way though.  Holy yow yow yow yow!!!!
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • setdahooksetdahook Posts: 154
    I had the same idea this is the one I am try it says in the recipe if you skip soaking in water before you toss it on your making corned beef not sure if this correct though????
    http://bossmanbbq.com/2007/04/18/smoked-pastrami/
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    That's an interesting spin on it.  I'm seeing a lot of diversity in recipes.  That makes me understand the underlying processes better.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • LizzieSampsLizzieSamps Posts: 894
    I love Pastrami!  Yummy, let us know what you end up doing, the process, and the results!  
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    I will, and at worst, I'll teach everyone what NOT to do....
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • setdahooksetdahook Posts: 154
    Yahoo answers had some interesting thoughts. The more I read the more I am thinking that it is technically pastrami that I will be making. As long as I can cover it with Russian dressing and kraut and have it taste good.

     I also hope it turns out so I can chop some and make a hash with it. If that works I may have to convince the wife I need a weekly budget for it I could eat corned beef hash and eggs every day!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    The ingredient for pastrami IS corned beef.  It would be too easy to buy some corned beef and turn it into pastrami.  Let me know how it goes....
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    I read Ruhlman's pastrami recipe.  I ordered his book Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing.

    I'm going to roughly follow his recipe, although I think I'm going to change the spices for a more Italian spiced version (juniper berries plus cut down on a few sweet aromatics).  I'm more of a gin/savory person.  I'll be making the brine tomorrow, and starting the corning.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Outlaw77Outlaw77 Posts: 71
    Nola, I've done this receipt 3 times and I love it http://www.amazingribs.com/recipes/beef/close_to_katzs_home_made_pastrami.html I've only used store bought corned beef though. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
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  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,022
    @Outlaw77 what temp did you pull that out at. It looks perfect for lunch meat. My first attempt was delicious but I over cooked it because some spots shredded when I sliced it.
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  • Wow looks great!  Thanks for the pics.  This is on my todo list...
    Simi Valley, California
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  • Outlaw77Outlaw77 Posts: 71
    Brownie, I think I pulled all of them at 195. They all sliced really good. I didn't do the steam step in above recipe.
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  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,022
    Cool, thanks. I remember pulling mine around 175*, but I FTC for about 4 hours because I wanted hot sammies for dinner. The FTC was probably my fault for shred quality.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Thanks outlaw77, I just finished reading that link.  Learning more and more.  Going to make my brine today.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Started corning.

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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,022
    @nolaegghead keep us posted. You have a nice looking start.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    I just bought a bunch of beer and that 16 quart pan wouldn't fit in my shop fridge without removing a shelf, so I had to cut the brisket in half on put in two tupperware containers. 

    I'm going to flip once a day, brine for at least 8 days (they're thick).

    I did use a 4 oz injector and injected about 20 ounces through two holes, one on each side, working the brine into different sections.

    After 8 days, I'll take out and rinse and post more pics.  I'm going to do a fresh water soak and change the water a few times, then I should have corned beef.  Step 2: pastrami. 
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • setdahooksetdahook Posts: 154
    Need an update how did it go?
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Just put it on the grill 30 minutes ago.  The point side half.   Boiling part of the other side for corned beef.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Some pics...

    Also pulled two Canadian bacon loins out of the brine, drying overnight.  And just started drying a small pancetta.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,022
    looking good.
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  • Mighty_QuinnMighty_Quinn Posts: 1,878
    Nice...I've been holding out on curing things that needed to hang to dry for any length of time. I live in Colorado and the humidity levels are way lower than recommended. I think I'm gonna give a pancetta and duck prosciutto a shot to see how it goes.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    New Orleans isn't ideal - hot and humid outside, cool and dry inside.  I'm just going to go for it.  I got a wild hair up my ass this weekend and started building a cold smoker.  I'll start a thread soon...I'm sure to have about 20 backseat engineers chiming in, should be fun.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Smoked the pastrami to 155-ish.  Pulled it off.  Put it in the fridge.  I'll portion it by cutting it in half, then steam for 2-3 hours before carving.


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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Took the smoked pastrami out of the fridge from yesterday, steamed for 3 hours and, maybe I'm jaded because I made it, I think it was the best pastrami I've ever had.  Like butter! 

    Sorry about the crappy pictures.  I'm too lazy to get out my SLR.


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    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Oh, temps.

    I smoked to 155F.

    Refrigerated overnight, because it was late.

    Steamed to 197F.

    Then nom nom nom nom
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Looks awesome!
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Thanks, Lizzie!
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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