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Pastrami Dry cure v brine

PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:28 pm
by Salmo
After reading some recent posts I've decided to have a go at Pastrami.
However,I have no idea which curing method produces the better end product.
I appreciate that opinions will be subjective but would just like to get a feel for the pros & cons.
Whichever method I end up using I will be doing a cold smoke prior to cooking.
I'm leaning toward the dry cure method,simply because it will take up a lot less room in the fridge---ours always seems to be full of wine & beer :lol:

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:08 pm
by wheels
Not much help I know, but I'd be happy with either.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:59 pm
by BriCan
Like Wheels either one will work but go with the brine as IMO you will end up with one that is more moist
hunkers down awaiting the flack.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:13 pm
by wheels
Flack! :lol: :lol:, I can live with that!


PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:33 am
by Salmo
Moist is good,looks as though I will have to find something to do with all that booze :) :)

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:28 am
by nwaring

Take a look at this post... I created it to consolidate all the guidance that I'd amassed on Pastrami.

Result was very tasty... but not sure whether it was a little dry. I went for the pressure cooked finish and next time may try a steam finish


PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:42 am
by Salmo
Hello Nick
Your recipes are so good they disappeared before I could read them :D
I look forward to viewing them later.
Got a tupperware type container this weekend ,so prepared for either method now.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:57 pm
by wnkt
Try one this time...then the other next time. Figure out which YOU like better. We all have different tastes and preferences. If you dont have much space to do a brine cure, and it makes no difference taste for you, you can stick with the dry.
This is what I like about cooking/smoking there are so many ways to do something, and spices you can use in different amounts that you can make what YOU like. you dont have to accept what a store gives you.