NY Deli Style Pastrami

Pamela Rappaport

By
@Pamelalala

My husband grew up on NY style corned beef and pastrami. Unfortunately, there just aren't any good deli's here. I decided to learn to make pastrami. It's basically corned beef that is covered in a spice mix and smoked. The secret to it being juicy and tender is to steam it after smoking. It sounds like a lot of steps but it's basically just time spent waiting! We do have an electric smoker, but it can be done with indirect heat on a grill.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

6 Hr 15 Min

Cook:

6 Hr

Method:

Smoke

Ingredients

1
ready to cook corned beef from the grocery
1/4 c
whole black peppercorns
1/4 c
whole coriander seeds
2 Tbsp
yellow mustard seeds

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Remove the corned beef from the package and rinse well. Set in a large bowl of water to soak in fridge for at LEAST 6 hours changing water a few times. This removes some of the salt and is important.
2
Drain and dry well.
3
Crush your spices in a mortar and pestal or spice grinder. Keep it coarse.
4
Cover the meat on all sides with the mix.
5
At this point you can go directly to the smoker or wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
6
Wen you are ready to smoke, set your smoker at 225.
7
Insert meat thermometer into the meat and place directly on the rack, fat side up.
8
Add your wood chips or pellets, light wood like apple is good. Hickory is too heavy. Change: I did one today and mixed some hickory with the apple, we liked it. Of course, it's a little heavier smoke taste. Fill you water holder.
9
Smoke until the internal temperature is 150. Probably 2 to 3 hours.
10
Remove from the smoker to a broiler pan or any pan with a rack. Put water in the bottom of the pan and cover tightly with foil.
11
Bake/steam in the oven at 250 until tender. Can take from 3 to 5 hours depending on size.
12
Can be served hot. To slice thin, chill overnight and slice on an electric slicer.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Jewish
Hashtags: #deli, #ny pastrami