Do you ever see those food commercials where someone is cutting some really good looking smoked corned beef? Believe it or not, this is actually the reason why I wanted to learn how to make this recipe. Seeing something look so delicious made me want to replicate it so my family and I can have it whenever we want.
I want you to have this too. So today, I’m going to provide you with all of the information you need to make this delicious recipe.
Is pastrami just smoked corned beef?
No. A lot of people seem to believe this but they actually come from different parts of the animal. Corned beef is made from the brisket which is the lower chest of the cow.
While pastrami can come from the brisket, which is one reason why a lot of people get confused, it’s generally not cut from the brisket. It’s usually cut from the shoulder or below the ribs.
What is the best wood to smoke corned beef?
There are a lot of great options to use. Some of the most popular choices are cherry, hickory, or mesquite. Each adds a different flavor to the beef so what you use is a personal preference. I personally like to use cherry wood.
Do you rinse corned beef before cooking?
Many people are afraid that rinsing the meet will remove the flavor and make it taste bland. In reality, the opposite actually happens. Sometimes meat can have salt tucked in the folds of the meat.
The reason you want to rinse the meat is to remove that salt. This helps the beef not be too salty once it is done cooking.
What makes a good smoked corned beef recipe?
Like I just mentioned before, the amount of salt can make a good recipe but too much can make it bad. The same thing applies to other seasonings as well. Too much can ruin the meal, but using the right amount makes everything taste so much better.
Of course, the quality of the cut is important as well. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that it doesn’t matter how good of a cook you are. If you have poor ingredients, the entire recipe is destined to fail.
With all of that being said, it’s time to start preparing everything.