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.