Over the years, I have gotten very good at making the corned beef from scratch. However this was my first attempt to make pastrami. I used chef John Mitzewich's recipe from his YouTube video. I cheated a bit by using a corned beef brisket rather than making it from scratch. I actually used a corned beef brisket, they sell almost all the time at Costco. If you get the corned beef brisket from Costco, do NOT use the spices which come with it.
Step 1: Prepare Corned Beef Brisket From Scratch [Optional]
Use this recipe for a 5 lbs brisket.
- One gallon water
- Two cups Kosher salt
- Five teaspoons pink salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
The end product is a corned beef brisket.
Step 2: Prepare the Meat
Step 3: Get the Following Spices
- 1 tbsp of red pepper
- 2 tbsp of black pepper
- Pepper flakes to your taste
- 2 tbsp of coriander powder. Indian grocery stores carry it for a great price.