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This is my tweaked version of an award winning recipe from a well known deli in Florida that is famous for their pastrami.

To make it more "home cook" friendly, I use the pre-prepared corned beef brisket in lieu of brining your own. It cuts down a couple of days and lots of labor, and is just as good if not better.

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1 Hr 15 Min
6 Hr 15 Min


1 pkg
corned beef brisket (4 to 5 lbs)***
2 clove
garlic, crushed
1/2 c
oil (canola or olive)
1/4 c
coarsely ground fresh black pepper
2 Tbsp
ground coriander
1/2 tsp
red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp
smoked paprika
1 tsp
dry mustard
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
heavy duty aluminum foil


1*** NOTE: You need to buy the packaged corned beef that has already has been cured and has spice packet.
2Mix garlic and oil in a small bowl.(You can buy garlic flavored olive oil, but I don't think it gives you the full flavor)

Set aside for one hour.
3Combine pepper and all other spices (including the spices from the packet that comes with the beef) in a large bowl and set aside.
4Place a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil on clean counter or cutting board.

Coat the foil with prepared garlic oil

Lay corned beef on foil and brush with remaining garlic oil

Cover all sides of brisket completely with pepper and spice mixture, reserving 1 or 2 tablespoons.
5Place brisket fat side up back on foil sheet and wrap tightly in the foil, make sure foil piece is large enough to completely encase the brisket and overlap

Place wrapped brisket on another sheet of foil with the seam and fat side down

Wrap with this sheet of foil snugly

Do this several times (at least 3 more) reversing the seam each wrap

Be sure each wrap is tight so spicy juices won't escape or pastrami will be dry

Place brisket in baking pan and cook in preheated 225º oven for 6 hours
6Remove from oven and set pan on rack, leaving aluminum wrap intact

Cool at room temperature for about 3 hours

After 3 hours, place still wrapped pastrami in heavy duty plastic bag and set in fridge overnight (at least 10 hours)
7When ready to serve, preheat oven broiler

Unwrap pastrami and place on baking sheet lined with foil

Sprinkle reserved pepper mix over pastrami

Place in oven about 6-8 inches from broiler

Broil for 3 or 4 minutes to brown

Remove from oven and place on serving platter

Cut into thin slices
8Preheat heavy skillet over low heat

Heat pastrami slices in skillet with a few drops of water until fat begins to turn from white to translucent (about 5 minutes)


Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy