Updated 2022-08-14

Use the Ruhlman/Polcyn recipe to make corned beef, then soak the Pastrami in fresh water overnight to desalinate.

Spice rub:

  • 1 Tbsp Black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion
  • 1 tsp Mustard seed

Apply it with some yellow mustard to get it to stick, then smoke at 225F until it reaches ~160F and has a brown crust. Do the Texas Crutch (wrap in foil and heat until 203F). Cherry wood. I like to use a foil pan so it is easier to move and cover.

Reheat covered in the oven with a bit of water for steam.


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