With St. Patricks day around the corner, my attention has turned to smoked corned beef brisket otherwise known as pastrami. There's no better way to get your “Irish” on so grab a couple of corned beef briskets and let's get the party started!
- Hands-on Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 8-10 hours
- Smoker Temp: 240°F
- Meat Finish Temp: 190-200°F
- Recommended Wood: Hickory, Cherry or Maple (a mixture of these is great)
- 3-4 lb corned beef brisket
- Dijon Mustard or spicy brown mustard
- Jeff's original rub recipe (get the recipes here)
- Foil pan
You'll probably see these everywhere now that we are this close to St. Patricks day and they usually run in the 3-4 lb size. You are looking for one that feels tender, has about a quarter inch fat cap and has a fairly even thickness.
Other than that, there's not much to it.
If you are interested in wet curing your own corned beef briskets, check out this post on the forum.
The long, drawn out portion of making pastrami is in the curing of the brisket. Since we are purchasing the meat already ready to go, the final steps in preparing and smoking it is very easy to do and other than taking a little time in the smoker, it is hard to get wrong.
Place the meat down in a pan to keep things less messy.
Slather on a thin coat.
Be generous with it!
After a few minutes, the tiny bit of salt in my rub pulls some of the juices to the surface and makes the rub look wet.
That's exactly what you want.
Believe it or not, the corned beef brisket is now ready for the smoker.. see how easy that was?
Let the brisket sit there in the pan while you go get the smoker ready.
Any smoker will work as long as you can maintain a temperature of 240°F with indirect heat and provide smoke for about 4-5 hours.
I used a pellet smoker, the Camp Chef Woodwind, one of my favorite types of smokers right now. I love cooking with real wood and having this kind of flexibility and ease of use!
If you use a smoker that has a water pan, fill it up as well.
When the smoker is ready to go, it's time to get cooking!
You can place the meat directly on the smoker grate if you like but it's also completely ok to leave it in the pan. Just place the pan on the smoker grate and leave it there while it cooks.
This also makes it easier when we cover it later with foil.
I highly recommend using a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the meat while it cooks. My thermometer of choice was the Thermoworks “Smoke” but if you have something different that's ok too as long as it's accurate.
The “Smoke” is a dual probe, remote meat thermometer and connects to an app on my phone via an optional Wifi gateway. This allows me to go about my day, even go to the store or anywhere else I please and still know exactly what's going on with the temperature of my smoker and the meat.
If you can feel of the brisket with your fingers and guess the temperature AND actually get it dead-on every time, then you may not need a thermometer. The rest of us, need a little technology to get it right and there's nothing like getting it perfect every time with no guess work.
Once the brisket reaches 150-160°F , it's a good idea to wrap or cover the meat with foil to allow a little braising. This will tenderize the meat even further.
My brisket was in a pan so it was really easy to throw a piece of foil over it for a while.
Once the brisket hit about 185°F, I removed the foil to help the crust to firm back up.
Corned beef briskets are often tenderized with papain and other ingredients from the factory to help make them end up more tender so the finish temperature is sort of dependent on the tenderness factor.
I sometimes use a long skewer to check the tenderness once the meat hits about 190°F and I dont' call it done until I can push the skewer in with very little resistance. This is usually anywhere from 195 to 200°F.
When the pastrami is finished, remove it from the heat and keep foil tented over it for at least 30 minutes before slicing into it.
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Place the corned beef brisket into a pan, fat side down, for ease of cleanup.
Slather a thin coat of Dijon mustard on the top and sides of the brisket.
Flip the brisket over to fat cap up and repeat the mustard and rub on the fatty side of the brisket.
Let the brisket sit while you go get the smoker ready for cooking at 240°F using indirect heat.
Place the pan of brisket on the smoker grate and let it cook until it reaches about 160°F.
Cover the top of the pan with a piece of foil and let it continue cooking with just heat until the meat reaches a temperature of 195-200°F.
Use a skewer or toothpick to check for tenderness. It should have little to no resistance when inserted.
Let the meat rest with a piece of foil loosely tented over the top for approximately 30 minutes before slicing.