Cheater Pastrami From A Corned Beef Brisket

Cheater Pastrami – Easy Homemade Pastrami Recipe

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

A few years ago I made homemade pastrami. I “corned” a beef brisket and then smoked it to make authentic homemade pastrami. Well, that’s a lot of work. I wanted to explore one of the cheater pastrami recipes that I have been reading about. Basically you just put a simple dry rub on a corned beef brisket (bought from the store already corned) and then smoke it. It turns out that this makes some really tasty cheater pastrami!

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

Around St. Patrick’s Day you’ll find some really good deals on corned beef. Even though it’s not even close to St. Patrick’s Day, I still managed to pick up a corned beef “point” brisket. Costco usually has a bunch and you can always ask your butcher.

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

The night before making the pastrami open the package and put the corned beef into a casserole dish or ziptop bag and totally submerge it in water. This will help get rid of some of the salt. Corned beef is really salty. A good overnight soak will help out a lot and significantly improve your pastrami results.

Dry rub for homemade cheater pastrami

Corned beef usually comes with a small spice packet. Throw this out. It’s really easy to make a simple pastrami dry rub. I took a few tablespoons of coriander seed and put it in to a small food processor. This essentially cracks open the coriander seed to make it really fragrant. I mixed a 50/50 ratio of black pepper with the coriander seed and mixed it up.

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

I set up my ugly drum smoker for 275-300 degree heat with apple wood. The corned beef will take about 2 hours to smoke.

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

I smoked the corned beef until an internal temperature of about 170-180 degrees. At this point the corned beef comes inside for some authentic steaming. Real NY deli style pastrami is steamed right before slicing. This is a little trick to take the homemade pastrami up a few notches. I found that on the Katz’ Delicatessen website so it must be legit!

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

I used a large pot and put a little steamer basket in the bottom. I put about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom and turned the stove on high.

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

After about 30 minutes of steaming the smoked corned beef was at 200 degrees. Oh was it tender!

Cheater pastrami recipe - easy homemade pastrami by smoking a corned beef brisket

I let the pastrami rest for about 30 minutes prior to slicing.

One note regarding the corned beef selection. I chose the brisket point. I think this was a mistake. The brisket flat corned beef is more even which makes it cook more evenly and also slice easier. However, this was really tasty and I will most certainly make it again when I’m craving a pastrami sandwich.

Cheater Pastrami From A Corned Beef Brisket

Prep Time: 21 hours

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 24 hours

Cheater Pastrami From A Corned Beef Brisket

An easy cheater pastrami recipe made from a store bought corned beef brisket that is smoked and then steamed.

Ingredients

  • • 1 Corned Beef Brisket
  • • 2 T Black Pepper
  • • 2 T Coriander Seeds (cracked in a food processor)

Instructions

  1. Soak corned beef brisket overnight in water to remove salt.
  2. Mix pepper and ground coriander and rub all over the rinsed corned beef.
  3. Set up smoker for higher heat 275-300 degree smoking.
  4. Smoke corned beef until internal temperature of about 175.
  5. Set up steamer basket and steam the smoked corned beef until internal temperature of about 200 degrees.
  6. Rest for 30 min.
  7. Slice thin.
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