Montreal-style smoked meat, Montreal smoked meat or simply smoked meat in Quebec is a type of kosher-style deli meat product made by salting and curing beef brisket with spices. The brisket is allowed to absorb the flavours over a week, is then hot smoked to cook through, and finally is steamed to completion. This is a variation on corned beef and is similar to pastrami.
Montreal smoked meat sandwich is Canada's answer to the pastrami sandwich. Piled high on rye bread with ballpark yellow mustard and served up with a kosher dill. The customer can specify the amount of fat in the smoked meat.
Montreal-style smoked meat is closely related to pastrami, but better. But there are some big differences between Montreal style smoked meat and New York Pastrami.
The biggest difference between the two recipes is the cut of meat, Montreal smoked meat uses brisket, pastrami uses naval cut. However, the differences also continue with the ingredients, both use coriander, black pepper and sugar, but Montreal smoked meat uses far less sugar and more spices like garlic and mustard.
Also, Pastrami is dry-cured, while Montreal smoked meat is both dry-cured and then soaked to spread the seasoning. Both are smoked, with Montreal smoked meat smoked longer and then both are steamed before sliced.Read more