NY Deli Style Pastrami

Pamela Rappaport


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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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

How to Make NY Deli Style Pastrami


  • 1Remove 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.
  • 2Drain and dry well.
  • 3Crush your spices in a mortar and pestal or spice grinder. Keep it coarse.
  • 4Cover the meat on all sides with the mix.
  • 5At this point you can go directly to the smoker or wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
  • 6Wen you are ready to smoke, set your smoker at 225.
  • 7Insert meat thermometer into the meat and place directly on the rack, fat side up.
  • 8Add 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.
  • 9Smoke until the internal temperature is 150. Probably 2 to 3 hours.
  • 10Remove 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.
  • 11Bake/steam in the oven at 250 until tender. Can take from 3 to 5 hours depending on size.
  • 12Can be served hot. To slice thin, chill overnight and slice on an electric slicer.

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About NY Deli Style Pastrami

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

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