TY for posting the link to that darn recipe. I'd lost it as part of one of the several virus or trojan attack/crash/reformats undergone in the past few years; and had forgot that I'd posted it here on CT.
Feel free to consider the source, but it's a pretty good recipe which has been tested by a number of other people.
A word about my pastrami recipe -- great pastrami starts with great brisket. Don't skimp. Go Wagyu if possible, USDA Prime, "Better Than Choice" Angus (what I usually use), or the best USDA Choice you can find.
Back in the day, Jewish delis which made both their own corned beef and pastrami, made most of their CB with flat, and most of their pastrami with point. Your choice -- just sayin is all.
The bread is just as important as the meat. If you bake, try this: http://www.cheftalk.com/forums/pastr...-sour-rye.html
If you're (a) serious about mustard, and (b) like it hot, try Phillipes. Philippe's Hot Mustard - Food
The lid says "Hot but Good." That's very understated on both counts. Here's another, also very hot, I particularly like: Russian Hot Mustard (Gourmet) at Russian Foods .com
The best pastrami and rye bread (both, each, whatever) in the known universe comes from Langer's Delicatessen on S. Alvarado in Los Angeles, Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant | 213-483-8050 | The World's Best Pastrami | Home
. Second best might be from Katz's in New York (but not such good rye bread) Katz's Delicatessen New York
To be completely honest, I'd put another L.A. area deli, Brent's, in second place over Katz's. But, it didn't seem right not to have an NYC deli represented in even a very short survey of pastrami. For reasons to numerous and too difficult to fully articulate, deli culture in general seems more dynamic in Los Angeles than New York, and many of the custom made meat and bakery products are just plain better. That might just be homerism, though, so take it with a grain of (kosher) salt.
You can arrange to have either Langer's or Katz's Fed-Ex you a care package of enough pastrami to make the shipping worthwhile and a few loaves of bread -- still going to be ridiculously expensive though. I don't know if Brent's would do it; but expect so.
However you make or buy your pastrami, enjoy it in good health.