Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches, smoky and peppery on rye with mustard. The best sandwich in the world. Hands down.
Years ago, during a summer break from university, I managed to snag a dream summer job. I was awarded an internship to work in the Canadian parliament for a cabinet minister. Without boring you with the minute details, but it was quite cool. I was given essentially an all access pass, meaning you could easily walk around the capitol buildings with relative freedom. That and there were some very cheap staff/MPs cafes, with mostly good food.
Introducing Montreal Smoked Meat
However, the best bit was visiting Ottawa (Canada’s capital). It is a unique city, with lots of people who aren’t from there living there. Some very random restaurants, some wonderfully random cuisines. Our office favourite was called La Botega (I may have been the only non Italian-Canadian in the office), and it was really delicious. However, my personal favourite was Nates as they served a Canadian tradition: Montreal Smoked Meat.
Ok, yes, I was not in Montreal but Montreal smoked meat has a nearly cult like following – particularly in Central and Eastern Canada. It comes courtesy of the large Eastern Jewish population in Montreal (who also make amazing bagels), it’s like pastrami, but better.
Deliciously tender and hot smoked beef brisket, served high on rye bread and some yellow mustard. There are fewer sandwiches that you wouldn’t want to devour.
My family is so in love with this stuff, that when celebrating my wedding a few years back my cousin brought a whole brisket direct from a deli in Montreal. It was probably one of the best evenings, with my entire family sitting on the beach happily eating hot sandwiches. It doesn’t get much better than that.
So, as some of you know, I recently bought a stove top smoker. Having always wanted to try making Montreal smoked mea for myself, I gave it a go. I will fully admit, the core of the recipe comes from a good post by Josh @MeatWave. However, I’ve changed some of the species and the cooking technique to match my tastes and equipment. So if you are using a full size smoker, double the quantities of everything!
Now, as I like a good recipe link, I’m adding this to FiestaFriday! Have a look for some other tasty recipes.
You know, people usually have this after a night out, so how about some water. Equally cold beer will do too! Just have some crispy dill pickles nearby.
I’ve got no good reason to suggest this track, but it was the song that was on the radio the entire summer of my wedding – so much that we refer to it as our wedding song. It’s Shut Up and Dance. Come on, you know you are about to play this song again.