Last Rites Pastrami

I got my hands on a couple of briskets, a growler of Draught Works Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter, and the weather is warm and clear. What to do, what to do? Let’s make a kick-ass pastrami with a little flavor kick. Adding the Last rites to the brine imparts a subtle chocolate/roast flavor to the brisket and smoking with apple wood chunks ties the entire production together.

Last Rites Pastrami

Ingredients

  • 1 5 lbs beef brisket, the more fat it has the better
  • 2 pints Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter
  • 3/4 cups kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp pink salt (sodium nitrite)
  • 2 TBSP pickling spice
  • 1 TBSP hot chili powder

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 gallon of water with kosher salt, sugar, sodium nitrite, hot chili powder, and pickling spice
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled
  4. Place brisket in brine and add the Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter
  5. Refrigerate for 3 days
  6. Remove brisket from brine and rinse thoroughly
  7. Refrigerate uncovered for 1 day
  8. Preheat Big Green Egg or lesser grill to 225°F
  9. Add 2 handfuls of apple wood chunks
  10. Smoke the brisket until internal temperature of 190°F
  11. Remove from smoker and allow to rest for an hour or more
  12. Slice thinly to serve

Starting out with a great brisket
Starting out with a great brisket
Spices and pink salt
Spices and pink salt
Brine meets brisket
Brine meets brisket
Adding 2 pints of Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter
Adding 2 pints of Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter
After 4 days of brining
After 4 days of brining

 

Into the Big Green Egg for 8 hours of smoke
Into the Big Green Egg for 8 hours of smoke
At the stall, the pastrami is looking good
At the stall, the pastrami is looking good
Finished smoking and rest...ready for slicing
Finished smoking and rest…ready for slicing
Is your mouth watering too?
Is your mouth watering too?
Last Rites Pastrami as part of an antipasto plate
Last Rites Pastrami as part of an antipasto plate

Thoughts?