Hello Kitty Sis in Tampa sent me a card recently for Passover – inside she said she was looking for a card for St Patty’s Day, but figured if we can all be Irish for one day, we can all be Jewish for one day, too. I just loved it, and she inspired me to try making pastrami for St Paddy’s Day.
FWIW, Corned beef is an American-Irish thing – it was a popular cut of cheap meat that a lot of Jewish people ate in NYC back during the great Irish migration to America, and the Irish absorbed it into their culture. So really, pastrami for St Patrick’s Day isn’t too far off.
And I got to use my smoker. Buckle your seats, it’s time for a ride, and it starts with a cryovac-ed bag of corned beef.
This corned beef roast was just a hair over 2 lbs and fairly lean for the cut. I rinsed her off and soaked in a bowl of water for about an hour. I think the easily-purchased corned beef you get at the grocery store are really salty, and that’s saying a lot. I can usually only do about two slices when it’s boiled or baked, so I figured soaking it to get some salt out for an hour couldn’t hurt.
After soaking for an hour, here is what Ms. Beefers looked like. Let’s hope some of that sediment is salt.
The rub. I ground a LOT of peppercorns, and added coriander powder and garlic powder. I was hoping to use onion powder, but didn’t have enough. I’d say this is about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of the mix. I just mixed them to taste. Lots of peppery kick, with coriander and garlic hanging out nearby.
Time to put the final grate over the grill and set Ms. Beefers on top of that. Phew! I left the fattier side up to hopefully have some of the fat melt down through the meat during cooking. It was just a theory.
Cover went on top, heat on to medium-high, and I waited until I saw smoke come out of those holes, closed them, and turned the heat down to medium. I tried to keep the whole thing under 200 F.
And then I forgot to set an alarm on my temperature timer (I picked up a snazzy Kitchenaid grill thermometer and really like it – dark, easy to read display; and a cover for the thermometer). Oy.