Montreal-Style Smoked Meat

What is Montreal-Style Smoked Meat?

Montreal deli smoked meat is a type of kosher-style deli meat, made by salting and curing beef brisket with spices and smoking it for a long time to capture the flavouring. This style of preparing brisket has been practiced in Montreal since the 1920’s and has taken a strong root in the city that Montrealers identify as a symbol of the city’s cuisine.

How to order Montreal's famous Smoked Meat

Montreal smoked meat is typically served between two pieces of rye bread, slathered with yellow mustard, with a side of French fries and pickles. When ordering a Smoked Meat Sandwich your waiter will ask you if you want your meat lean, medium or fatty. How you order it depends on your preference, however deli professionals will tell you to order your meat medium for a balance of flavour and moisture.

3 restaurants to eat Montreal-Style Smoked Meat

1. Schwartz's Deli

Schwartz is one of the oldest delis in Canada, famous for its smoked meat with a mandatory 10-day meat curing time that is cooked in a brick smoke-house covered with over 80 years worth of buildup. The restaurant has a takeout section as well as dine in, which both always have lineups.

2. Reuben's Deli & Steakhouse

Situated right in the heart of the city, Reuben’s is a convenient casual sit down restaurant where you can enjoy good quality Montreal-style smoked meat.

3. Dunn's Famous

Dunn’s is a 24-hour local deli chain known for their Montreal-style smoked meat & cheesecake.

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