Pastrami Beef Ribs

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I seem to recall seeing a post from someone about doing pastrami beef ribs but for the life of me I can't find it (maybe I was dreaming). Searching for it yielded nothing.

I came across a recipe https://barbecuebible.com/recipe/pastrami-beef-ribs/ for pastrami beef ribs and wondered if anyone else had tried them on the SF and if so, how did it work out?

I have two 4-bone long ribs in the freezer and kinda itching to try something new with one of them.
 
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As an update to my previous post, I followed Steve Raichlen’s recipe for Pastrami Beef Ribs. (https://barbecuebible.com/recipe/pastrami-beef-ribs/).

I had a 4-bone beef short ribs weighing about 4 lbs. and a 3 lb. beef brisket flat in the freezer, so I decided to give it a shot. The brisket was not called out in the recipe, but I decided not to waste the opportunity and the brine. I followed the 8-day pickling recipe directly.

After applying the rub. All wired up and ready to go. Weber Grillmaster Blend. Stabilized at 275. Water pan. 8 am start. Looking for 200 at the finish.
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4 hours in. Raichlen say nothing about wrapping. Both cuts seem to be tracking each other temp-wise.
Decided to wrap at 160 as it seemed to be at the stall. Back on.
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Pulled at 200 and headed to rest for an hour or so. Total wall clock cook time was 7.5 hours.

The big reveal.
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And the votes are in
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While it takes time (8 days plus the cook day) this is definitely worthwhile. I think next time I'll try making a corned beef and see how that works out.
 
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I think my biggest takeaway from this was to give a try to something new and a 'stretch' for me from the normal. I had never brined/pickled anything for longer than 24 hours before. On this one I learned to trust SF a bit more. Rock solid at 275 for the entire cook and that's what I wanted. Bottom line - experiment.
 
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I think my biggest takeaway from this was to give a try to something new and a 'stretch' for me from the normal. I had never brined/pickled anything for longer than 24 hours before. On this one I learned to trust SF a bit more. Rock solid at 275 for the entire cook and that's what I wanted. Bottom line - experiment.
As a postscript here, one thing I might change should I do this again. After the 8-day pickling period, I think I will soak the meat in clear water in the fridge for several hours (with a change or two) - maybe half a day - to leach out some of the salt.
 

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As a postscript here, one thing I might change should I do this again. After the 8-day pickling period, I think I will soak the meat in clear water in the fridge for several hours (with a change or two) - maybe half a day - to leach out some of the salt.
I’ve tried to turn corned beef into pastrami and had it be way too salty. I soaked a little longer on the last one and it was pretty good. I have. A couple Wagyu corned beef rounds in the freezer, I’m going old school and boiling.
 

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As an update to my previous post, I followed Steve Raichlen’s recipe for Pastrami Beef Ribs. (https://barbecuebible.com/recipe/pastrami-beef-ribs/).

I had a 4-bone beef short ribs weighing about 4 lbs. and a 3 lb. beef brisket flat in the freezer, so I decided to give it a shot. The brisket was not called out in the recipe, but I decided not to waste the opportunity and the brine. I followed the 8-day pickling recipe directly.

After applying the rub. All wired up and ready to go. Weber Grillmaster Blend. Stabilized at 275. Water pan. 8 am start. Looking for 200 at the finish.
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4 hours in. Raichlen say nothing about wrapping. Both cuts seem to be tracking each other temp-wise.
Decided to wrap at 160 as it seemed to be at the stall. Back on.
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Pulled at 200 and headed to rest for an hour or so. Total wall clock cook time was 7.5 hours.

The big reveal.
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And the votes are in
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While it takes time (8 days plus the cook day) this is definitely worthwhile. I think next time I'll try making a corned beef and see how that works out.
This looks great!
 
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