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Recipe for Corned beef and/or Pastrami

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NepaBill's picture
NepaBill

Recipe for Corned beef and/or Pastrami

I see lots of recipes for awesome looking rye bread.  All I can think of when I see these is how bad I want a Katz Deli (NYC) hot pastrami sandwich.  I was hoping somene in here might know of a recipe for brining my own corned beef and or pastrami. 

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SulaBlue

How funny! I've got a pastrami brining in the fridge right now as I had much the same thought.


I'm using this recipe.


http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/beef-pastrami-recipe2/index.html


I haven't used it before, so I can't tell you how it's going to turn out. I admit to being a bit weirded out by the idea of keeping a piece of meat in my fridge for 3 weeks, even if it is in a brine.


Guy Fieri, also on foodnetwork.com, also has a couple of recipes for turkey pastrami that require only a 2-3 day brining. I don't know if that's just his preference or if it has to do with it being poultry. I suspect the recipes would work just about as well for beef.

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Kent

This is the one I have used several times, My son also makes it and is told by friends from New York that it is excellent.


 


http://www.randyq.addr.com/recipes/pastrami.htm


 


Kent

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shimpiphany

i just made corned beef using michael ruhlman's recipe from Charcuterie, and prepared it using Suzanne Goin's method from Sunday Supper at Lucques.


 


Ruhlman has a great brine that works in 7 days.  it was delicious.

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baltochef

When I worked at a Jewish owned, and run, bagel shop several years ago I developed the following recipe for cooking a truly tasty corned beef..We used Saval's best grade of first cut corned beef briskets..These briskets weighed approximately 3.5-6 lb. each..We purchased them in 30 lb. cases, so the briskets varied in weight..


Rather than using fresh, sliced yellow onions to flavor the briskets I hit upon using the dried garlic and onion toppings that we used for the bagels instead..I cooked the briskets right in the 20-gallon bagel kettle that the bagels were cooked in..I do not know if the starches from cooking the bagel helped to flavor the corned beef briskets, or not..But, I cooked the briskets during the down time between shifts at the end of the work day prior to draining, and cleaning the kettle to prepare it for the night baker..


To approximately 15-18 gallons of water I would use 4 cups of dehydrated onions, 4 cups of dehydrated garlic, and 2 cups of pickling spice mix..The briskets were cooked until they were tender, approximately 20-30 minutes..I would usually cook about 15-18 lb. of brisket at a time, so there was a rough ratio of 1 gallon of cooking liquid for every 1 lb. of brisket..


The above recipe made for an incredible tasting brisket that can give a home-brined and cured brisket a very good run for the money..Of course, nothing beats a brisket that has been brined and cured to one's exact taste preferences..


Bruce


p.s. The brining liquid inside of the Cry-O-Vac'd plastic bags went into the kettle right along with the briskets, the garlic, the onions, and the pickling spices..


 

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xaipete

I cook mine in half water, half beer in the pressure cooker. 4 1/4 pounds of briskets takes 65 minutes at full pressure.


--Pamela

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audra36274

   Where's my rye bread?! I bet yours is very tender and full of flavor  with the beer addition.  Upload us a big sandwich photo next time. Your killing me!


                   Audra


                                   

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xaipete

My uploaded will be delayed until the fall! We just celebrated St. Patrick's day last month, twice. It'll be a while before I cook another corned beef. But, seriously, the pressure cooker does the best job for me. They cook fast and always come out tender.


--Pamela

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bassopotamus

I've considered doing the Alton Brown recipe. People seem to like it. That said, I couldn't find saltpeter locally and more or less gave up.


 


When I make corned beef, the best results I've had are 10 hours in a crock pot with abou 8 cloves of garlic.

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audra36274

drugstore? Not the Walgreen type, but one that is owned my an individual, not a chain store. That is where I find it here.


                                                   Audra

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xaipete

I did it once (used Julia Child's "Way to Cook" method). It came out fine, but took a lot of time. In the end, I just didn't think it was worth it. Now I buy mine at Costco.


--Pamela

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NepaBill