The idea to create our Polish pastrami arose out of the longing for the unique taste and aroma which we experienced during our journeys throughout the States.
In Poland it is hardly possible to find pastrami similar to the one served in the USA. Despite exquisite Polish smoked meat-making traditions, incomparably older and unavailable in the USA, or even in many European countries, we couldn’t find the real traditional pastrami. Certainly, there are a few products on the meat market, which are called ‘pastrami’ but they have nothing to do with the product we looked for. Also traveling round Europe didn’t help us find the real pastrami sandwiches we desired, even though in some European capital cities we had the chance to taste sandwiches with a similar taste. Meeting with local producers or hobbyists who smoked the meat at home smokehouses enriched our knowledge with many curiosities and interesting stories. During our stay in Przemyśl, at friends’ family house, we learnt that they were making pastrami themselves. After a short conversation it turned out that it was … pork tenderloin dried over the stove. Although it tasted great, it wasn’t the product we were searching for. That was the moment we decided to try to make pastrami ourselves.