View Full Version : First Time making pastrami, need a little help

12-22-2011, 01:37 PM
Hi everyone
I just got my smoker this weekend, and I am going to make Pastrami for Christmas Eve dinner (so looking forward it!!!) I have brined the brisket with the following recipe:

I have two questions. The brisket is a little over 5LBs, fat cap intact, and about 2 inches thick. How long would everyone recommend smoking this little guy? I was thinking i would start it tomorrow night about 10:00 or so at maybe 190 or 200???

Any help is greatly appreciated. THis is my first of many smoking adventures.

Thanks for the help everyone!!!


12-22-2011, 02:16 PM
Welcome to our forums.
Use this along with our blog and recipes for great smokin resources.
Take a look at our Customer Videos page on our site for a great video on smokin pastrami.
Pastrami Video (http://www.smokintex.com/Customer%20Videos.html)
Also search pastrami here in our search box on this forum.
Happy smokin!

12-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Thanks much. For some reason, before i joined the forum, i did a search for Pastrami and got nothing, now when i do the search i find the recipes. I just watched the video and am no SO excited!!! Can't wait for Saturday

Happy Holidays (and Smokin!!!)

12-26-2011, 03:32 PM
The pastrami turned out OK. I think I may have used a little too much wood chips, and for some reason the patrami was not as tender as i would have hoped, but all in all, not bad for a first run on the little machine. I also threw in a small pre-cooked ham for an hour or so after i took out the pastrami for the kiddos, and they LOVED it. Took on just enough smoke and flavor. It is going to be a very fun (and smoky) year!!!