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Montreal Smoked meat

Victoria Sep 2, 2002 05:44 PM

We are craving Montreal smoked meat. Is there someplace that we could order by mail or Email?

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    Joann Sep 3, 2002 02:07 AM

    Here's the site for Schwartz's (which is the quintessential Montreal smoked meat) but I'm not sure if they ship or not.

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      Joann Sep 3, 2002 02:08 AM


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        hermitt4d Sep 3, 2002 01:32 PM

        I saw this on FoodTV recently and my mouth has been watering ever since. I had found the Schwartz site but it doesn't look like they ship. I guess I'll try Lester's.

        Any recipes available or any idea what's in the marinade?

        Thanks from Houston.

        1. re: hermitt4d
          carswell Sep 7, 2002 11:50 PM

          A homesick Montrealer once asked me to find a recipe for smoked meat. Despite spending hours combing the Web and searching through cookbooks, I came up with naught. Some aficionados (I don't place myself in that category) claim it's unique, a thing unto itself; others say it's a kind of cross between corned beef and pastrami. According to my information, it's not brined, which rules out a corned beef connection. I suspect it's very much like pastrami: rubbed with spices, dry-cured (no marinade) and smoked. The main difference would be the spice mixture. As I understand it, pastrami is cured with a mixture of sweet and savoury spices. But the roots of smoked meat are in eastern Europe (some say Lithuania, some say Romania). Sweet spices (e.g. cinnamon, clove, cardamon) were expensive and so were saved for use in flavouring breads, pastries and desserts. My guess is that the smoked meat rub includes corriander, pepper, garlic and sugar. But let me reiterate that this is all conjecture. Maybe somebody who actually knows what they're talking about will reply... ;o)

          1. re: carswell
            andrea Jan 1, 2003 04:34 PM

            My good friend Marco from France also asked me to find a Montreal smoked meat recipe on the web. lots of places to buy but no recipe found. what's going on??? I share your grief!


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              Graeme Jan 25, 2003 06:11 PM

              Couln't agree more with you--Can't find a recipe anywhere-- not even in Pol Martin. Maybe a Jewish cookbook? Montreal smoked meat is THE BEST.

              1. re: Graeme
                DB Miller Apr 29, 2003 01:26 AM

                Check out this recipe.

                Link: http://food4.epicurious.com/HyperNews...

        2. re: Joann
          bb Dec 8, 2002 10:06 AM

          lesters deli is the best and they do ship. MMMMMM

          Link: http:ééwww.lestersdeli.com

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          mikeb Sep 2, 2002 06:00 PM

          Lesters. Follow the link below.

          Link: http://www.montrealsmokedmeat.com/ind...

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