Whole Pit-Smoked Pastrami Brisket Halves - 2 Pack

Ugly Drum ships its famous Whole Pit-Smoked Pastrami Brisket Halves nationwide on Goldbelly! Open only on Sundays at Smorgasburg L.A., Ugly Drum garnered an immediate cult following. There’s a reason why Ugly Drum still has some of the longest lines years after opening. Ugly Drum’s Pit-Smoked Pastrami is smokey, melt-in-your-mouth tender, sweet, peppery, and sinfully decadent. So what is it that sets Ugly Drum apart? They have developed a method that is a glorious hybrid of Texas barbeque and classic New York deli techniques. Ugly Drum uses fattier whole briskets that are wet brined in their proprietary seasoning blend for several days. Then, they are pit-smoked over low, indirect heat with mesquite charcoal and whole logs of oak and pecan wood for at least 10 hours. Just a bite of this pastrami will have pastrami and barbeque fanatics wondering how anything could taste so good!

Ugly Drum pastrami is hailed nationwide as some of the best pastrami that has ever been made. Created as a personal passion project by Chef Erik Black as a hybridized technique, Black combines his homemade classic Jewish pastrami brine with Texas-style pit-smoking. Previously available only out of Erik’s oil drum smoker (the “Ugly Drum”) at Smorgasburg Los Angeles, this Texas pastrami with a cult following is now just a click away. Ugly Drum has been lauded as “Smoked. Meat. Nirvana.” by LA Magazine and Vice Munchies described the pastrami as a “Beautiful Meat Mutant.”

More Details

This package serves 8-10 people and includes 2 unsliced 3 lb. Pit-Smoked Pastrami Brisket halves


usda prime beef brisket, brined in cure, rubbed with spices, smoked with hardwoood

Instructions / Storage

  • This Pastrami Brisket ships frozen with ice packs, may thaw in transit
  • Upon arrival, remove the packaging and refrigerate or freeze
  • Brisket may be kept refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months

To Serve

  1. Method – Oven “Slow & Low”*
    • Defrost if still frozen
    • Pre-heat oven to 300
    • Remove brisket from plastic, bag and wrap in foil
    • Put in a pan or on a sheet pan and place on rack in middle of oven
    • Cook until meat thermometer reads 165 in thickest point
    • This could take 90 minutes or much longer depending on many variables
  1. Method – “Slice Cold and Steam”*
    • Slice meat
    • Gently steam the slices to reheat them by
      • Microwave for 10 seconds at a time until you see it is hot and just starting to steam
      • Shallow steam in small pan with enough water just to cover the bottom of pan – use a lid and low heat
Download Storage and Prep Instructions

Shipping Details

  • Ugly Drum ships Monday-Friday of each week
  • Orders cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes
  • Orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii via 2-day will incur an additional $20 charge or $35 for Overnight Shipping. Sorry guys!
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I liked Ugly Drum but hubby did not know they were pastrami burnt ends unlike the usual beef or pork. But I'm a fan!
Nancy N. - Mapleton, OR
Everything was perfect. Arrived quickly, packaged well with easy instructions. Maybe the best pastrami I’ve ever had. Will recommend and order again. Thank you
Jeff H. - Arcadia, CA
My brother loved the Ugly Drum Sandwich from LA! It arrived as expected and it made their move-in date to their new home an even more exciting event!
Sarah Z. - Tampa, FL
Very Fast Delivery; food was easy to prepare and exceptionally tasty---exceeded expectations.
Joe E. - Langley, WA
My mom loved everything I sent her. And all arrived in two days! Packaged, prepared, and perfect.
Joan U. - Seattle, WA
This was a real treat. Plenty of meat and buns. Mustard very good. The burnt ends literally melted in your mouth. Very meaty, very tasty, and very good stuff.
Norman L. - Hailey, ID
Shipping was prompt, packing was perfect, instructions were excellent, and the quality of the product was very high.
Christopher T. - Los Angeles, CA
The food arrived a day late, but that was on the part of FedEx and not the restaurant we ordered from. It came exactly as described, included instructions, and was delicious. We will be ordering again sometime.
Cate R. - Lakeville, MA
Packaged very well! Worth it! The meat and sauce was amazing!!!!!! Will definitely be ordering again in future!
Chelsy R. - Elizabeth, PA
Everything! Plus these Ugly Drum Sandwiches are life changing!! We have told all our friends and family about them!!
Kat Z. - Emeryville, CA
We used to visit Erik at DTLA's Smorgasburg every Sunday and we moved away 4 years ago, so we have been missing his amazing pastrami. Ugly Drum is incredible pastrami, we just reveled in its taste. Made four separate meals out of one order. SOOOO GOOD. We will be buying more.
Christopher G. - Lafayette, CO
Ugly Drum was OUSTANDING! Burnt ends rule!!
Jeff P. - La Jolla, CA
Ugly Drum is SOOOOOOO GUUD!!
Cedric B. - Kansas City, KS
Great product. Shipped and arrived when requested. Excellent packaging with easy instructions.
Beth B. - Wilmington, VT
Delivered on time and the product was as described. Was sent as a gift and the recipients were very pleased.
Don B. - Waialua, HI
Everything! It’s sooooo delicious! Fresh and easy to replicate
Lisa S. - Cave Creek, AZ
Easy ordering, Fast on time delivery and Excellent product
Sean C. - West Hills, CA
Hands down, Goldbelly was the best online shopping experience EVER! It was easy to navigate the site, had a lot of restaurants/options to choose from and my order arrived quickly and well packaged. Thank you for a dream come true….when I travel I always look for a great food experience (first and foremost), now I can have the yummies sent to my favorite place, home!
Sivi H. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Arrived on schedule, clear instructions, absolutely delicious brisket!!
Jean G. - Wheeling, IL
Great choices of food I would never have access to. Accurate description. And on time delivery.
Catherine C. - Tarzana, CA
Pastrami was for my Dad’s birthday - total hit! He loved it!
Jack B. - Sunset Beach, NC
Delivered on time and the gift recipient loved the food! Thanks!
Joseph B. - New York, NY
Of course the Ugly Drum has excellent pastrami, like outta site pastrami. But the value is there as well. We bought six lbs for around $125 with a promo code, and that was a superb deal. ^_^
nicholas C. - Calera, OK
Receive on Time!! and........DELISH!!!! Thank Youuuuuu :)
Sandie S. - Mayville, NY
The order arrived on time. The Ugly Drum burnt end sandwich kit was ultra delicious.
Richard P. - Encinitas, CA
Well packed so that the pastrami was still cold, and was shipped promptly. Generally I'm a New York pastrami purist. But this partially smoked meat was delicious. This was my second time ordering the 3 pound portion and it won't be my last..
Deborah Q. - Beaver, UT
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Harrison K. - Los Angeles, CA
Goldbelly has a wonderful array of restaurants, delis, bakeries all over the United States. I did not intend to order during the hot summer months but now that I know packaging and delivery is so efficient, I will do so again.
Terri T. - Washington, DC
It melted in your mouth. The best pastrami brisket I have had in my life.
HSIAO LI - Seattle, WA