I am going to start making my own corned beef and pastrami. Does anyone have any recipes they can recommend? There are a few million out there and starting with something you folks trust will help me quite bit.
I’ve never made pastrami, I’ve made corned beef a few times, none of the recipes I tried were worth repeating. The best thing I’ve made with a brisket is the time I tried to do a variant on Montreal Smoked Meat (without the garlic.) It was almost good enough to convince me to buy a real smoker. It bears some resemblance to pastrami.
The pastrami at Katz’s on Houston in NYC is world-famous, and for good reason. I had a friend who lived in Chelsea for a while and he would take the subway down to Katz’s every few days. Later he moved to the DC area for a few months, and was ordering whole pastramis from Katz’s every few months.
Good luck! I don’t have any recipes to offer, but I hope you find success. Are you going to make New England style corn beef? Thats the one w
ithout Sodium Nitrate, so it turns out somewhat gray in color.
Thanks. I’m not sure what style I will make. Just starting out. I’ve found a few recipes but some are too fussy and I just need an extended period of time to get my brine mixed. Although one recipe I found seems to use a dry rub…
The Montreal Smoked Meat dry rub was interesting to make, as several of the spices, including mustard seed and fennel seed, had to be toasted first, and each seed took a different amount of time to toast, and smelled interesting as they toasted.