Corned Beef

Discussion in 'Camping, Hiking, Cooking' started by bitterroot, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Bought a beautiful beef brisket flat yesterday and have it brining in the fridge as we speak. In 5 days I shall have my first home cured corned beef. Yes! :)
     
  2. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I love to make corned beef. In the warm weather I'll even go a bit further and smoke up a pastrami. There is no comparison between deli case pastrami and home made.
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  3. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Oh my God, Patrick! That looks delicious!
    What smoker temp. on your pastrami?
     
  4. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I use a regular Webber kettle and it's been a while since I've used a thermometer. I generally just feel the outside of the dome and regulate the coals as needed. For a small piece of meat like this one I just try and keep it low, probably 220-250. I'll let it smoke for a while over hickory or oak and then finish in the oven.
     
  5. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks....now I gotta go find a Rueben.
     
  6. Dave Alberts

    Dave Alberts Member

    Patrick--
    Can you/would you consider sharing your pastrami spice recipe... I know there are a bunch of different ones around, but first hand knowledge is always a good thing...

    Thanks!
     
  7. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    ditto on what Dave said.
     
  8. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    Patrick,
    That looks great. I love corn beef but I'd rather have a Rueben with Pastrami all day.
    SF
     
  9. Guy Gregory

    Guy Gregory Active Member

    Here's a secret, don't tell nobody, keep it just between us....

    Use goose breasts instead of beef. Make corned goose, goostrami, eventually gooben sandwiches.

    Best ever. But remember, it's a secret.
     
  10. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Nothing to add to the DIY, (except to try Red Flannel hash if you like beets) but I will share a couple of places to get a killer CB or Reuben in the big smoke.
    Market House Meats @ 1124 Howell Street Seattle has been supplying most local restauraunts with quality corned beef for the last 1/2 a century. They now have a deli too, to serve sandwiches or whole CB.
    Shite sound, but you get this jist:


    The Square Knot in Georgetown is a newer 24 hr diner, and they serve a bad ass Reuben as well, using MHM product. The SK had the same owner as the 9Lb, and it's right next door.
    http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voracious/2012/07/the_square_knot_diners_a_bount.php
     
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  11. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    I've eaten at Market House many times and it lives up to it's rep. Thumbs up!!!
     
  12. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I can't remember the exact recipe I use for the spices and cure. I started out with a recipe from Steven Raichlen's Barbeque Bible, but after making it a few times I got a feel for it and adjust based on what I think might taste good. It looks like Raichlen now sells a packet of the spices on the web so you could go for that and expect great results.

    Pastrami is easier to cook than a regular brisket. The brine solution that cures the meat also seems to keep it juicy, so you can use a smaller cut and still not worry about it drying out.
     
  13. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Holy crap that sandwich looks good.
     
  14. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I agree. All the good things about barbeque and deli in one meat.
     
  15. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Works with Duck too. (also a secret so don't tell anyone)
     
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  16. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    If you get a Rueben from the Square Knot they'll also make you a 9lb Porter milk shake to go with it...
     
  17. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Today is the day the brisket comes out of the brine. Tonight...corned beef & sauerkraut w/ Russian dressing on rye.
    Not a bad way to start out a new year!
     
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  18. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Oh.....My.....God..... This turned out spectacular!
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  19. Excuse my ignorance, but what's the difference between Corned Beef & Pastrami?
     
  20. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Pastrami is smoked corned beef.