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Venison Pastrami - Hopefully #7451208 03/05/19 11:08 PM
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Here we go -

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Itís coated well with the curing mix.

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Wrap it up.

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Now itís curing. Flip it every day for four or five days. It should shed a lot of juice and draw in the curing mix.

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Iíll keep yíall in the loop.


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When did you start posting pictures again? Looks like a good start.


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Mine was good but dry. Good luck!


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Very interesting... popcorn


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What kind of rub did you use?

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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
Mine was good but dry. Good luck!

that's what my dad and I found when using venison for pastrami ... not enough internal fat to keep it from drying out when curing & smoking ... always tasted great, but dry.


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Well I will find out either Saturday or Sunday how mine turns out, I expect it to be a little lean. I am glad I am only using a small roast, so only thing lost is one roast.


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shouldn't be lost, just will tend to be a bit drier than if you were doing beef ... and if you have an electric slicer, makes for great sandwiches!


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I am still gonna eat it no need to worry about that.


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Originally Posted by PMK
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Mine was good but dry. Good luck!

that's what my dad and I found when using venison for pastrami ... not enough internal fat to keep it from drying out when curing & smoking ... always tasted great, but dry.


Unlike Gringobling and cast I brined my venison pastrami (cure and seasoning in a gallon of water in the fridge for several days) instead of wrapping it and putting in fridge with dry rub/cure. I then dry rubbed it with a rub made mostly of black pepper and coriander and smoked it to internal temp of 140 degrees over mesquite. The cuts of meat I used were venison top and bottom round and it was surprisingly very tender and moist.


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Originally Posted by redchevy
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Mine was good but dry. Good luck!

that's what my dad and I found when using venison for pastrami ... not enough internal fat to keep it from drying out when curing & smoking ... always tasted great, but dry.


Unlike Gringobling and cast I brined my venison pastrami (cure and seasoning in a gallon of water in the fridge for several days) instead of wrapping it and putting in fridge with dry rub/cure. I then dry rubbed it with a rub made mostly of black pepper and coriander and smoked it to internal temp of 140 degrees over mesquite. The cuts of meat I used were venison top and bottom round and it was surprisingly very tender and moist.


I am going that route as well.


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I actually made one using the flat off of a brisket and found the venison version using the rounds to be better in my opinion. They were more tender.


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About pics, it seems that pics are now working better than ever. I can post native iPhoneX pics now effortlessly.

The rub was a couple heaping tablespoons of TQ, dark brown sugar, five crushed bay leaves, lots of fresh ground black pepper and smoked paprika. Make enough to liberally coat every surface of the meat. Itís basically a sweet rub with TQ added which is first salt, then sugar and a little sodium nitrate (?). Gramma called TQ sweet cure. It does taste salty sweet.


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Todayís update -

Remember, the meat was very dry when I wrapped it. Here it is today

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What you canít see in the above pic is the bag is now half full of juice.

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Itís hard to show yíall how much juice is pulled from the meat, this weeping tends to draw in the rub and begin the curing process. You can see that a puddle has formed, which is supposed to happen. Once cured, the meat is rinsed clean and then soaked in fresh water for a few hours. Then dried again and rubbed with more dark brown sugar and enough fresh ground black pepper to make it black. Then on the smoker to bring it to about 140.

What wood does pastrami best? Iíve got hickory, mesquite, oak, and cherry.


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Post some after pics when it's all said and done.

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I smoke most everything with oak/mesquite/pecan. Never smoked anything I didn't like. Ive used only mesquite on my pastrami... I only have mesquite at the house, so it is my default.


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Iíll smoke it this weekend.


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I'd go oak or maybe hickory, or really, really dry pecan.


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I did a little research. Typically cherry smoke.


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This morning the bag is full and draining a bit and the meat has acquired a firmer texture -

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I personally feel that mesquite would be too overpowering on something like this. I have both an electric and an offset smoker. For meats like this, I choose the electric because I can control the temp and smoke easily. I put wood chunks (not too much wood) only at the beginning of the smoke and nothing else after. If you have the fruity woods, those would certainly work. I typically go with Hickory, but Pecan works well, too. I think Oak would also work, but I don't think I've actually used it on pastrami. Whatever you end up using, just go easy on the smoke.

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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
Mine was good but dry. Good luck!

Same here but great taste.

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Itís still weeping, the bag is getting bloated, and meat is now very firm. I wonder if I should poke holes in the bag?

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Ok, I unwrapped it, rinsed and dried it -

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Now it soaks in cold water for two hours, then on to the Masterbuilt over cherry until itís at temp.

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Iíll trim that little bit of silver skin off before I smoke it. It will almost peel off now.


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