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Home Cured Pastrami

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Category: Beef

 Ingredients List

  • 6 lb Beef brisket
  • 1/2 c Salt
  • 1 ts Saltpeter
  • 4 tb Black pepper; coarse ground
  • 2 tb Brown sugar
  • 3 tb Mixed pickling spice; or
  • 1 tb Coriander seeds
  • 2 ts Ginger; ground, optional
  • 1 cl Garlic; finely chopped,
  • -optional or
  • 1 tb Dehydrated onion flakes;
  • -optional


*NOTE: Saltpeter (potassium nitrate) gives the characteristic red color to
cured meats and also acts as a preservative. Be not afraid of nitrates;
they are absolutely necessary for the proper cure.

Mix the Salt, saltpeter, spices and sugar together and then rub into the
Beef forcing it into the meat.

Place the seasoned meat in a plastic bag and seal tightly. Place in a tray
large enough to hold it. Refrigerate and turn the bag over once a day so
that the meat seasons evenly. Let the meat cure for seven or eight days.

Remove the meat and drain the liquid that accumulated. Save the solid
seasonings and discard the liquid. Rub the solids back into the meat. Or
discard the marinade and roll the brisket in a 1/4 cup of coarsely cracked

Use a needle to run a string through the meat. Tie the ends of the string
together. Suspend the meat on the string and let it dry in a cool, dry,
breezy place or use an electric fan for 24 hours. Hang the meat in a smoker
and smoke for 3-4 hours at about 150 to 160 degrees

To prepare, cover with water and simmer until tender as for corned beef,
about 3-4 hours. The length of cooking time depends on how long it was
smoked. Or roast meat in a 300 degree oven about 3 1/2 to 4 hours, basting
frequently with the pan juices. Serve hot or chill. It will keep for 1 week
or longer stored in the refrigerator and can also be frozen.

An eye of round may be also treated this way. Goose and turkey breast are
also delicious prepared by this method.

Adapted from a number of sources. Jim Weller

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