The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Perfect Pastrami Sandwiches

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Perfect Pastrami Sandwiches

Pastrami is a classic deli meat that's perfect for sandwiches. Making your own pastrami at home is a fun and rewarding experience, and it allows you to customize the flavor to your liking. In this recipe, we'll show you how to make your own pastrami and turn it into a mouth-watering sandwich.


For the pastrami:

  • 4 lbs beef brisket
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

For the sandwich:

  • Sourdough bread or rye bread
  • Mustard
  • Pickles


  1. Start by preparing the pastrami. Mix together the kosher salt, brown sugar, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl.

  2. Rub the spice mixture all over the beef brisket, making sure it's evenly coated. Place the brisket in a large plastic bag and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

  3. After 24 hours, remove the brisket from the plastic bag and rinse off the spice mixture under cold running water. Pat the brisket dry with paper towels.

  4. Preheat your smoker to 225°F. Place the brisket on the smoker and let it cook for 8-10 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 195°F.

  5. Remove the brisket from the smoker and let it rest for 30 minutes before slicing it thinly against the grain.

  6. To make the sandwich, start by toasting slices of sourdough bread or rye bread. Spread mustard on one slice of bread and top with a generous serving of sliced pastrami.

  7. Add a layer of pickles on top of the pastrami, then top with the other slice of bread.

  8. Cut the sandwich in half and enjoy!


Making your own pastrami at home is a fun and rewarding experience. The process may take some time, but the end result is a delicious and flavorful deli meat that you can use to make a variety of sandwiches. This pastrami sandwich recipe with mustard and pickles is a classic combination that's sure to satisfy your cravings. Give it a try and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!

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