Pastrami is something that takes a lot of time and patience, but it is so worth it in the end. Pastrami is really just corned beef that is smoked and covered with extra spices. This recipe is a combination of several different cooking techniques and has been tweaked down to perfection. This is a hit at every party that I go to. I never get to bring any home because it is always gone by the end of the night.


Recipe Summary test

30 mins
23 hrs 10 mins
5 days
5 days
1 12-pound brisket


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Pickling Spice:


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim off the fat cap of the brisket and poke some holes in the meat with a paring knife.

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot on the stovetop. Remove from heat; as it starts to cool down, add white sugar, kosher salt, garlic, and pink curing salt.

  • Find a food-grade, nonreactive container with a lid; pour in brine and ice, then add the brisket. Keep brisket in brine for 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator. Flip the brisket every 24 hours.

  • After brining, pull the brisket out of the container and rinse under cold water.

  • Heat a pan over low heat. Toast coriander seeds, peppercorns, and mustard seeds in the hot pan, about 2 minutes. Remove and transfer to a food processor; add red pepper flakes, cloves, ginger, and bay leaves. Grind well.

  • Use 1/2 of the spice mixture to coat the brisket; seal in a food saver bag. Reserve remaining spice mixture. Place brisket in a sous vide at 137 degrees F (58 degrees C) for 18 hours.

  • Remove from sous vide, cut open the bag, and set out to dry and rest on a wire rack from a smoker for 30 minutes. Use remaining pickling spices to re-coat the brisket.

  • Place a wire rack into the smoker. Add wood chips according to manufacturer's directions and heat to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C).

  • Smoke brisket until browned, tender, and no longer pink in the center, about 5 hours. Pull brisket from the smoker and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Editor's Notes:

Always brine foods in a food-grade, nonreactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket.

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 20.3g; carbohydrates 19.8g; fat 4.7g; cholesterol 45.6mg; sodium 7339.7mg. Full Nutrition