About this product
This is a traditional delicacy from our friends north of the border! Cured, spiced and smoked, these beautiful slabs have a thick bark, and will deliver a stunningly beautiful and delicious sandwich. Slice as is, or steam for a hot, tender sandwich. Montreal Smoked Meat is similar to pastrami (it's nicely marbled, and the outside of the slab is thickly covered with a dark bark of spices) but the mix of spices is different, with more garlic. With a keen taste for quality, spice blends and texture, we have developed the recipe for this Montreal Smoked Meat from scratch. Naf has worked with leaders in the kosher deli world to learn the kosher provisions business from the ground up, building on decades-old tradition of quality and taste to bring you a truly unique, kosher deli that you will not find anywhere else. This is an incredible treat we are very proud to share with you!
Like all of our beef at Grow & Behold, this Montreal Smoked Meat is made from our pastured Black Angus beef, which are raised on pasture without any hormones or antibiotics. You'll be blown away by the clean, rich flavor of this delicious deli meat.
Basic Cooking Technique:
Montreal Smoked Meat, like Corned Beef, is typically steamed for several hours. This makes the meat tender and brings out the flavor.
To steam your whole slab on the stovetop or in the oven: Do not slice it first. Put it in a large pot or casserole on a rack with 1/2" water in it and cover tightly (if you don't have a rack, crumple up a few balls of tinfoil that it can rest on, so it's not sitting in the water). Keep in a low oven (300-325) for aprox 1.5hrs/lb, or until meat is tender when pressed. If it feels tough or hard to the touch, it's not done. Take care that the lid is tightly sealed and water does not fully evaporate (you may want to add more when you open it up to check).
To use an electric pressure cooker: Use the steamer rack, and put 1/2"-1" water in the bottom of the pot. Put the meat on the rack, lock the lid (make sure vent is set to 'sealing'). Steam for aprox. 45 min/lb -- actual cooking time will vary.
Slice in 1/4" slices. Typical condiments for a salad include mustard, red onions, pickles and horseradish mayo.
Serve As Is
Your Montreal Smoked Meat Slab is fully cooked, and can be enjoyed right away without any further cooking. Without the steaming, it won't get as soft, but if you slice it very thinly (like deli meat), it will make a delicious sandwich.
Storage and Handling:
The cooked slab will last in the original package for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Once opened, it should be wrapped tightly and stored in the fridge for a week, or just returned to the freezer.
Beef, Garlic, Black Pepper, Salt, Sugar, Cherry Powder, Celery Powder, Spices, Granulated Onion, Paprika, Natural Wood Smoke.
Products are packed with coolant during their journey to ensure they arrive in great shape. Meats will arrive frozen or refrigerated. Most of our products are shipped frozen; occasionally, due to a very quick turnaround between when the meats arrive at our freezing and distribution facility and when they are delivered to you, meats may be shipped fresh. Meat that is cold to the touch can be refrigerated for immediate use, or frozen for later use. Learn more.
*Price per pound is an estimate for comparison purposes only. Click on the "Details" tab to learn more.
Fantastic after 2-3 hours of steaming. Great full flavored taste.
Veteran and enthusiastic Grow and Behold customers. But this was inedible. Carefully steamed, but SO peppery we couldn’t eat it. Even the meat beneath the crust wasn’t tasty. Bad experience altogether.
The follow-up of delivery is outstanding. I erroneously put a totally wrong address and the company was able to follow-up with me immediately to ensure the meat was delivered timely. The recipient, my daughter will review the smoked meat once they have tried it. We lived in Montreal many years and are happy to see Montreal Smoked Meat available somewhere here in the States.
This item has so much pepper it was nearly inedible. I thought my mouth might explode. Now I like heat in my food as much as the next person but this was way over the top. The meat itself was very good and lovely texture after a 3 hour steam, however I think the description needs updating to warn clients.
Quality is superb. I am not a garlic lover and the preparation has too much of it for my taste.
What's not to like? Flavorful...just like Schwartz's in Montreal!
Very dry meat , not eatable , not even close look like on picture , do not recommended . Note from Grow & Behold: The Montreal Smoked Meat is definitely a drier-textured cut. It becomes soft and tender when steamed.
Steamed it for a few hours and this turned out to be exactly what I hoped for. The flavor was as good as any deli I have tried. The meat was moist, well seasoned, and the cut of meat was great. I highly recommend this and will absolutely order again.
Like the company says, this is best eaten steamed. But it's also great cold. Much better than "regular" Pastrami. I tried it in cholent as well but that wasn't very successful. Meat became stringy. So don't do that!
How Many Pieces Will I Receive?
Our frozen meats are packaged in vacuum-sealed packages. Most packages contain one piece (ie, one Brisket). Some packages will contain two pieces (ie, Lamb Chops). Packages of smaller items, such as Chicken Wings or Pepper Steak, will contain multiple pieces.
For red meat items and multi-pack poultry items, vacuum-sealed packages may be packed in a cardboard box. If there is an option to choose how many packages you'd like in the box, you'll make that selection under "Customize Your Order." Then you'll choose your preferred weight (that is, the combined weight of all the the packages in that box.) If only one choice is showing in a green box, you do not need to make any selection.
Example: Lamb Chops
Let's say you're ordering Lamb Chops and you select the following:
You've chosen: 2 packages, ~1.1 lb, and the price shows $39.99.
You’ll receive 1 box, with 2 packages of lamb chops inside.
Each package will contain 2 lamb chops. You’ll have 4 lamb chops in total. We always try to pack similar-sized items, but you may find that some chops are slightly larger and some are slightly smaller.
How Much Does It Weigh?
We use weight ranges in order to keep our fulfillment system practical and manageable for items with variable weights (for example steaks. Packages of deli meats which are not sold by weight range as we can pack them by exact weight). The ranges are as small as practically possible to minimize the variation between the Selected Weight and the actual weght you receive. Because of this, if the price per pound is shown as "price/lb*", the *" indicates that it is an estimate for comparison purposes only, since the price associated with the selected weight is the price for all items within that weight range.
This chart shows the potential weight variance for selected weights on our site:
|Selected Weight||Potential Weight Variance|
|under ~0.95 lb||+/- 0.05 lb|
|~1 lb to ~2.1 lb||+/- 0.1 lb|
|~2.2 lb to ~2.7 lb||+/- 0.3 lb|
|~2.9 lb to ~10 lb||+/- 0.25 lb|
|~10.5 lb to ~19.5 lb||+/- 0.5 lb|
|over ~20 lb||+/- 1 lb|
- An item with a Selected Weight of ~1.5 lb could weigh as much as 1.6 lb or as little as 1.4 lb
- An item with a Selected Weight of ~3 lb could weigh as much as 3.25 lb or as little as 2.75 lb
We keep the ranges as small as practically possible to minimize the variation you might receive. Sometimes you will receive a bit more than the listed weight, and sometimes a bit less. Our customers find that on average they receive what they are expecting. But if you find that your actual weights in an order are all below the listed average, please snap a picture of the weight labels and send it over to us, and we'll be happy to make things right.