Homemade Pastrami Recipe

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  • 6 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
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The secrets to this express pastrami are the smoked paprika, the tight wrapping to hold in all the aromatic spices, and the long slow cooking.

What You'll Need

  • 5 pounds corned beef brisket (1/2 whole brisket)
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Remove the corned beef brisket from the package and rinse off thoroughly. Pat dry, and trim off most of the fat, leaving only a 1/8 inch layer.
  2. Mix all of the spices in a small bowl and rub evenly on both sides of the corned beef.
  3. Drizzle the oil on a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 3 feet long) and place the corned beef on top. Fold up the foil, wrapping tightly. Flip over, fold side down, on another piece of foil and wrap the meat again. Repeat 3 more times with large sheets of aluminum foil, so that it is completely encased. Be sure to use lots of foil to ensure a tight seal. Place in a roasting pan, as some juice may still escape.
  1. Place in a 240 degree F. oven for 5 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight still wrapped. The next day, unwrap and thinly slice the cold meat across the grain. Warm the slices in a pan with a few drops of water, and serve warm on rye bread with mustard.

Note: If you like it spicy leave the rub on. If you prefer milder, scrap off the spice rub before slicing.