Real Pastrami on the AMOR Wood BBQ Smoker

Do you have your smoke game down?  Are you turning out tender, juicy and perfectly barked Brisket?  If so, it's time to step your game up to the next level.  

Pastrami is a food usually made from beef brisket, and sometimes from lamb, or turkey. The raw meat is brined, partially dried, seasoned with herbs and spices, then smoked and steamed. Like corned beef, pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before the invention of refridgeration. One of the iconic meats of American Jewish cuisine and New York cuisine, hot pastrami is typically served at delicatessens on sandwiches such as the pastrami on rye.  

There might not be a better way to serve a brisket flat and it's not difficult, just one more step in the brisket making process.  When done on the AMOR Wood BBQ Smoker, the results are amazing.  You can experiment with the recipe, but the below recipe is by far one of the best we've found in it's original form.

Recipe from "All Things BBQ - Tom Jackson"


  • 1 beef brisket flat

For the brine:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp pink salt (sodium nitrite)
  • 10 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup pickling spice (recipe below)
  • 8 1/2 lb ice

Note: Depending on the size of your brisket, and the container in which you are brining, you may need to multiply this recipe. You will need enough brine to cover the brisket in the brining container.

For the rub:

  • House of Q Slow Smoke Gold Mustard Sauce
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns, toasted, coarsely ground
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds, toasted, coarsely ground


Combine all brine ingredients, except the ice, in a large pot. Bring to a boil and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved.

Add the ice to a large Briner Bucket. Pour the briner mixture over the ice. Stir to melt the ice.

Place brisket in the brining liquid. Lock the plate in place to make sure it is fully submerged. Refrigerate for 6 days.

Before removing the brisket from the brine, preheat your Smoker 250ºF.

Remove brisket from brine, and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Apply a thin layer of House of Q Slow Smoke Gold Mustard Sauce the surface of the meat to help the rub adhere. Coat the brisket with the rub.

Smoke at 250ºF until you achieve a nice mahogany red color on the outside, roughly 5 hours (about 155ºF internal temperature). Double wrap the brisket in foil, increase the temperature of the smoker to 300ºF, and continue smoking until pastrami is tender when probed with a thermometer (195ºF-210ºF). Allow meat to rest half an hour. Slice thinly and serve.


Pickling Spice Recipe


  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp red chile flakes
  • 1 tbsp allspice berries
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground mace
  • 1 small cinnamon stick, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves, broken into pieces


In a dry hot 12” Lodge cast iron skillet, toast the coriander, peppercorns and mustard seeds just until fragrant. Be careful not to burn them. Place the spices in a cloth napkin. Fold the napkin over the spices, and crack the spices by smashing them with a heavy skillet, or rolling pin.

Combine the toasted spices with the remaining spices. Store in a sealed container.