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Slow Cooker Homemade Pastrami from Corned Beef Brisket

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You can make homemade pastrami from a corned beef brisket.

Here's my recipe.

Slow Cooker Homemade Pastrami from Corned Beef Brisket

1 Corned Beef Brisket (3 or 4 pounds - vacuum-sealed in brine bath)
3 Tablespoons coarse, freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons ground coriander
1 Tablespoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
2 tablespoons hickory flavor liquid smoke

Open the corned beef package and remove the seasoning packet that comes with it and discard or save for another use.

Score the fat cap in a cross-hatch pattern with a sharp knife.

Rinse meat under cold running water and then soak the meat in a large container (1 or 2 gallons) of cold water (in the refrigerator) overnight to get rid of excess salt.

Drain the meat, rinse under running water and pat dry.

Combine the dry seasonings. Rub the spice mixture on all sides of the corned beef brisket.

Place the rubbed brisket, fat side down, in a large SLOW COOKER and sprinkle all over with the liquid smoke.

Cover and cook on HIGH HEAT about 6 hours to 8 hours, until internal meat temperature reaches 190-F. It’s ready when the meat is fork tender.

Discard any juices in the Slow Cooker. Scrape off most of the spice rub (if you find it to be too spicy) and as much of the fat as you can.

Slice thin. Or, chill for easier slicing.

Slice and microwave or steam the meat over simmering water to warm through.

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tigermolly1363513780.08131 PostsRegistered 9/9/2007

This sounds good. I am always on the lookout for slow cooker recipes.

Thanks and Happy St. Pat's Day!

Antilope1363568272.997805 PostsRegistered 2/10/2013Roseville, CA

We served these rolls with the homemade pastrami:

Onion Poppy-Seed Buns

This recipe uses a bread machine DOUGH CYCLE to mix dough. If preparing by hand, knead about 10 minutes by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook.

Makes 8 Onion Poppy-Seed Buns - Total Wt 1.5 lbs.

1 cup lukewarm water
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup (50g) white granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp table salt
1 1/4 tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp (20g) minced dried onion flakes
1 Tbsp instant yeast

3 1/2 cups (420g) All-Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp (30g) butter, softened

2 Tbsp (20g) minced dried onion flakes, soaked in 2 or 3 Tbsp of warm water
1/2 tsp poppy seeds


Combine the first 7 ingredients in a measuring cup and mix well.

Add mixed ingredients to a bread machine mixing basket.

Add flour to bread machine.

Add softened butter to top of flour.

Select DOUGH CYCLE on bread machine and press START.

After a few minutes of mixing, adjust the dough by adding a little water or flour until the dough is just slightly tacky. Allow the bread machine to complete its dough kneading cycle.

When kneading ends, allow dough to rise for about an hour in the bread machine until the dough is doubled in size.

While the dough is rising for the first time, combine the Topping onion flakes with warm water and allow the onion flakes to soften. Set aside until needed.

After dough has doubled, remove the dough from the bread machine. The dough should weigh about 800 grams. Divide the dough into 8 equal size pieces (about 100 grams each.)

Shape each piece into a round ball; place the dough ball on a lightly greased baking sheet, flatten to about a 3-inch across disc. Each disc should be a couple inches apart to allow for rising.

Sprinkle the dough discs evenly with the softened onion flakes and press the onions into the dough surface. Sprinkle dough discs evenly with the poppy seeds.

Cover with plastic wrap loosely (or mist with non-stick cooking spray) to prevent dough drying out, and let rise for about an hour, until dough is puffy and doubled in size. Remove plastic wrap before baking.

Bake at 350-F until golden brown and the center of each bun reaches 190-F. About 30-minutes.

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