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Pastrami on Rye with Deli Mayo and Fresh Pickles

Caroline’s favorite recipe on the EGG is pastrami, which is cooked daily at the butchery and is delicious – just ask any of her loyal customers! Ingredients 4½ lbs (2 kg) grassfed beef brisket – deboned, fat on Hickory chips for smoking Pickling Mix 3 cups (.7 L) water ¼ cup (60 ml) kosher salt ¼ cup (60 ml) brown sugar 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp (15 ml) coriander seeds, crushed 1 tsp (5 ml) peppercorns, crushed 1 tbsp (15 ml) mustard seeds, crushed Place all ingredients in a pot and heat until sugar is dissolved. Using the Stainless Steel Flavor Injector, inject the pickling mix into the meat. Place the brisket in a deep dish, pour in the remaining pickling mix and cover dish with cling wrap. Place in the back of the refrigerator for 3 days. Nurse it by turning it every day and making sure the pickling covers the meat. After 3 days take it out and soak it for 8 hours in cold water. Pat dry.

Rub 4 tbsp (60 ml) fresh coarsely ground black pepper 2 tbsp (30 ml) coriander powder 1 tsp (5 ml) mustard powder 1 tbsp (15 ml) brown sugar 1 tbsp (15 ml) paprika 2 tsp (10 ml) garlic powder 2 tsp (10 ml) onion powder Mix rub ingredients together. Massage a little oil onto the beef brisket to help the seasoning stick; rub spice mix generously onto the brisket and refrigerate to season overnight. Method Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 215°F/102°C. Add pre-soaked hickory wood chips and smoke the meat for 8 hours. The internal temperature should reach 145°F/63°C. Serve sandwiched between dark rye slices with sweet and sour pickles and a bit of deli mayo (mayo mixed with a little mustard).

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Big Green Egg Lifestyle Magazine V6  

Version 6 of the Big Green Egg Lifestyle Magazine

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