How to Make Sous Vide Pastrami at Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

Making a restaurant based dish at your home is what everyone of us desires for. The recipe I am going to share with you all today is Sous vide Pastrami. It is a dish which involves different technique called Sous Vide to cook the beef brisket. The beef is first pickled or cured then rubbed with spices and smoked. Lastly, it is steamed to cook it to perfection. It is an American-Jewish cuisine.

This recipe requires a lot of patience. But all your patience will be worth the treat. The preparation of this recipe needs to be done prior. You will get to know about this in detail as you will go through the recipe. Sous vide is a technique used to cook meat into tender and moist meat. If you like your meat to be slowly cooked and taste smoky, then this recipe is for you.

It is a perfect cuisine for a party. It is an expensive dish because of the various processing steps involved in it. Processing the meat multiple times makes it expensive. Pastrami is from highly fatty meat near the beef navel. Let’s take a look at how this recipe is made and what techniques are involved in it.

Ingredients for Sous Vide Pastrami

Beef Brisket12 pounds

For Brine

Water1 gallon
White Sugar2 cups
Kosher Salt1 ½ cups
Garlic10 cloves crushed
Pink curing salt4 teaspoons
Ice cubes1 gallon

For Pickling Spice

Coriander Seeds1 tablespoon
Whole black peppercorns1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds1 tablespoon
Red Pepper flakes1 tablespoon
Whole cloves1 tablespoon
Ginger1 teaspoon
Bay leaves2

Ingredients for this recipe are easy to find. Grab them and get started. Till then let me tell you how much time it will take to make this delicacy.

How Much Time Will It Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeAdditional TimeTotal Time
30 minutes23 hours 10 minutes5 days6 days

This cuisine is a time consuming dish. But all your efforts will pay off as you will taste it. It is going to turn out pretty awesome. Take a note of the instructions below.

Sous Vide Pastrami Recipe

Sous Vide Pastrami recipe
  1. Cut all the fat from the beef brisket and poke out holes in it with the help of a paring knife.
  2. Take a large pot and bring the water to boil. Please remove it from the stove and cool it down. When it cools down a bit, add white sugar, kosher salt, garlic and pink curing salt.
  3. In a food-grade non-reactive container with a lid, pour the brine and ice in it and lastly add the brisket. Keep it in the refrigerator for 5 -7 days. Just remember to flip the brisket every 24 hours.
  4. After it is done, remove the brisket and rinse under cold water.
  5. Tale a pan and heat it on a low flame: slightly roast coriander seeds, peppercorns and mustard seeds in it for 2 minutes. Transfer them to a food processor and add red pepper flakes, cloves, ginger and bay leaves. Grind them.
  6. Take ½ of this spice mixture and coat the brisket with it. Seal the brisket in food saver bag. Place the brisket in sous vide for 18 hours at 137 degrees F (58 degrees C).
  7. After 18 hours, cut the bag and tale out the brisket. Place it on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Re-coat the brisket with the remaining pickling spice.
  8. Add wood chips to the smoker and heat at 225 degrees F (107 degrees C). Now, place the wire rack on the smoker.
  9. Smoke the brisket till it turns brown with no pink centre and gets tender. It will take about 5 hours. Remove the brisket from the smoker 15 minutes before slicing it. 
  10. Serve hot.

Making it at home will be a great attempt. So without any second thought, give this dish a try. Enjoy each and every step of its cooking and you will see how amazing the outcome is. You can even make a sandwich with it.

Nutritional Breakdown of Sous Vide Pastrami


How to Make Sous Vide Pastrami at Home | Video

If you prefer step-by-step instructions of the recipe, watch the video I have added to make it easier for you.

Video by Fire & Water Cooking

Can’t wait to begin with the recipe? Try it and share your reviews in the comment section. Just in case you have any query related to the recipe, you can ask your questions in the comment section. If you liked this recipe, do share with your family and friends. Bon Appetite!

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