Homemade Pastrami

Homemade Pastrami



  • 1x 1 kg piece of brine-cured Scotch Beef PGI brisket (see basic brine cure recipe)

  • 1 tbsp allspice berries

  • 1 carrot, halved

  • 1 onion, halved


  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika

Cooking Method

This Homemade Pastrami recipe is lightly seasoned with herbs and spices, a perfect filling to spice up any sandwich or picnic. Use the basic brine recipe (https://www.scotchkitchen.com/recipe/basic-brine-cure)


  1. Toast the coriander and cumin in a small pan to just release a lovely aroma then crush in a pestle and mortar to as fine a powder as possible. Mix well with the pepper and paprika.
  2. Trim the beef of any excess fat, leaving a thin (5cm is ideal) layer of fat on top.
  3. Rinse the Salt beef in plenty of cold running water then pat dry.
  4. Heat the oven to 150°C
  5. Set a wire rack inside a roasting tin and pour in water with the surface level just below the rack.
  6. On a board place the meat top, fatty, side down. Rub about a third of the spice mix evenly all over the base then turn the meat over and sprinkle the rest of the mix on to the top surface making a nice even, thick layer. Pat it into place, then lift the prepared meat onto the wire rack.
  7. Cover the whole thing with a double layer of thick foil to make a steam chamber. Ideally the meat should be at room temperature before going into the oven, but if not, put into a hotter oven, say, 180°, for the first 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 150° then cook for another 1 hour 50 minutes until the pastrami is very tender.
  8. Serve hot or cold, it carves more easily when cold and should keep well in the fridge for about a week.
  9. Good at any time of day with potato salad with cornichons, chopped red onions and dill mayonnaise, or even some sweet chutney.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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