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

More From FoodService Director

Menu Development
induction cooking nuts

Thanks to prolific fast casuals such as Chipotle, guests have come to expect a certain level of customization in their dining options. For almost 50% of Generation Zers, customization is a deciding factor when purchasing food, according Technomic’s 2016 Generational Consumer Trend Report . Taking customization even further, operations are handing over even more control to customers with both build-your-own and cook-your-own stations.

Elder Hall’s My Kitchen station at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., offers a daily rotating ingredient bar with items such as stir-fry,...

Managing Your Business
business marketing concepts drawing

Sharp, smart marketing materials can make all the difference when it comes to drawing a big crowd for a menu launch or upcoming event. With more avenues to cover than ever and fewer resources to go around, operators offer their tips on making marketing work from start to finish.

Start with communication

Whether it’s an in-house marketing department, an outside agency or someone on staff wearing the marketing hat part-time, the right people need to be involved early and often. “Marketing doesn’t always have a seat at the table [like] it should in order to be truly effective,” says...

Menu Development
health food medicine stethoscope

For the last two years, Chris Studtmann has jockeyed between Northwestern University’s residential dining halls and athletic training tables in his role of executive chef, trying to meet the health and food preferences of both sides. Now, his team is taking best practices developed for the sports teams to the 20,000-plus student population, working with dietitians from the school’s contract company to better sync healthy menu choices with lifestyle needs.

Technomic’s 2016 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report shows younger consumers are especially tuned in to functional foods that...

Ideas and Innovation
trail mix

We’ve added fueling stations in our units for our workers who didn’t have time to eat or just need a snack. We have areas set up with trail mix, crackers, cookies and water. It helps us avoid people feeling or getting ill, especially when we get closer to exam periods and student workers are studying and not taking the time to eat.

FSD Resources