It could not have been better weather here this weekend. 70-75 degrees, strong sun, and slight breeze. NICE! My fishing license finally arrived in the mail so now I need to buy some supplies and it will be fishing time soon. Very exciting. For any folks that fish, ever try the new Berkley Trans Optic line? I bought a spool and would like any feedback. Usually I only fish Berkley Fireline and Yo-Zuri Hybrid line (my favorite) but I thought I would try the color changing line. Let me know.
Black Pastrami Weekend
I love pastrami and another factor for me in buying The Big Steel Keg was the ability to do low smoking for just this item. Here is the process.
Some people can brine their own brisket meat into corned beef but I am lazy so I just bought a pre-made one:
The meat is very salty after the corning process so you need to remove a bit of the salt by soaking in water:
I did a 6 hour soak and changed the water 4 times. I will come back to this part.
Next up is the application of a pastrami rub:
I did all this on Saturday and left the brisket in the fridge for overnight with the rub on.
Today I set up the Keg with lump charcoal and some apple wood for smoke. The Keg was solid at 250 degrees for the 4 hours of the cook. Here is the pastrami before I took it off the grill:
I let the pastrami rest for 30 minutes and then sliced it up as thin as I could:
I need better knives, mine are pretty dull and it was hard to cut the pastrami in thin slices.
The pastrami tasted very good and the smoke really adds an extra touch that supermarket pastrami does not have. I had a nice sub roll with lettuce and mustard with 4 slices of pastrami.
I think a longer water soak would have been better; there was still quite a bit of salt in the meat. Maybe 8 hours or more next time. You learn by doing, right?
Back to work tomorrow, is it really Monday already?
You know me, I just cannot help it!:
Ratt, "Round and Round" is so very good.
Man I just can't stop! Maybe I should quit economics and just do music:
Scorpions and Animal Magnetism.
On a really down note, Ronnie James Dio has passed away. EconomicDisconnect is really hurt by this. They say "As time goes by all your heroes will fall". It's true. A pioneer and metal god, may I offer:
"Rainbow in the Dark".
Really not happy right now.
Have a good night.