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Pastrami in Des Moines?

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Any recommendations on good pastrami in Des Moines? Everything seems to be mediocre or bought in. Does anybody make their own pastrami around here?

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  1. There is no good pastrami between the Mississippi and the Missouri. You have to make it yourself. Buy three or four pounds of corned beef, cover it in a mix of allspice and cracked black pepper. Smoke it for three or four hours in a water smoker and serve sliced on a fresh loaf of Panera's rye bread. That's about as close as you'll come.

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    Panera
    6710 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63117