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    Homemade Pastrami

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    101 hrs

    96 hrs

    5 hrs

    tshull777's Note:

    Though the brining and curing steps take several days, the active time is minimal. You mix up a brine. You make a rub. You smoke the brisket then press and refrigerate the meat overnight. Simple! Rye bread never had it so good.

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      1. Make the brine: Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in the garlic, juniper berries, bay leaves, salt, brown sugar, curing salt, if using, whole peppercorns, and allspice berries. Let cool completely, then immerse the meat. (Weight it down with a plate if necessary.) Refrigerate for 3 days.
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      2. Make the rub: In a spice grinder or small food processor, combine the black pepper, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and bay leaves. Pulse until coarsely ground. Stir in the brown sugar, paprika, cinnamon, and clove.
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      3. Remove the meat from the brine and rinse under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle and pat the rub on the brisket. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
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      4. When ready to cook, prepare your Smoker for 180 degrees.
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      5. Remove the plastic wrap from the beef brisket and arrange on the grill grate. Smoke the meat for 3 to 4 hours. Wrap the brisket tightly in foil. Increase the temperature to 250 degrees, and continue to cook the brisket until the internal temperature is 175 degrees. Allow the brisket to cool to room temperature, leaving it in the foil. Transfer the brisket to a baking dish, and weight it with foil-covered bricks or cast iron skillets. Refrigerate overnight. Slice thinly against the grain for serving. (A meat slicer is preferred to a knife.).

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    Nutritional Facts for Homemade Pastrami

    Serving Size: 1 (515 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 364.4
    Calories from Fat 127
    Total Fat 14.1 g
    Saturated Fat 4.7 g
    Cholesterol 112.4 mg
    Sodium 9347.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 16.2 g
    Protein 38.5 g

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