Turkey Pastrami

Menu Part: 
Entree
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
72 4-ounce portions

Spice up your ordinary pastrami with this unqiue turkey pastrami recipe. With housemaid pastrami rub and fresh ingredients, this pastrami is juicy and filled with flavor.

Ingredients

2 gallons water
4 cups kosher salt
2 cups light brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
4 tbsp. mustard seed
1 tbsp. clove
2 tbsp. juniper berry
1 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. allspice
6 oz. pink curing salt
6 large turkey breasts
Pastrami Rub as needed

Pastrami Rub:
1 cup black peppercorns
3 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. whole mustard seed
1 cup whole coriander seed
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1 tbsp. kosher salt

Steps

  1. To make Pastrami Rub: Grind peppercorns, coriander and mustard seed in spice grinder. Mix with all other ingredients.
  2. Place all pastrami ingredients, except meat, in large enough pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add 2 gallons of ice to brine and cool to 41°F before adding meat.
  3. Place meat in brine and store, covered, for 2 days in refrigerator. After beef has cured, rinse each breast under cold water to remove as mush brine as possible.
  4. Crust breast with good amount of Pastrami Rub. Smoke at low temperature, about 250°F, for about 1 hour. Then finish cooking for additional 1 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. 

Recipe by Rex Healthcare

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