No Bacon? “P”, L and T.

Okay, so maybe you got left out of the Ultimate BLT post because you don’t eat bacon. Not to worry, my Kosher, Halal and porcine-averse friends. Do I have a sandwich for you!

Frying up some Pastrami

Fry up some pastrami in a cast iron pan until it becomes real crisp, just like bacon.

A Bed of Fried Pastrami for the PLT

Layer onto your favorite fresh bread.


Add fresh lettuce and tomato per Ultimate BLT guidelines. Use a combination of spicy deli mustard with mayo, or just use mustard if you’re afraid of getting hit by a bolt of lightning.

18 Responses to No Bacon? “P”, L and T.

  1. Rebecca263 says:

    We just skip the meat altogether in our house. Sometimes we add onion, and sometimes we use fried green tomatoes. Bleeping amazing!

  2. Rebecca263 says:

    Oh, and, Jason, darling, mayonnaise is parve!

  3. Rachel Perlow says:

    Yes, but putting mayo on a pastrami sandwich is sacrilege!

  4. Jim says:

    I usually bristle at bacon substitutions, but that looks positively yummy.

  5. NIN says:

    I do eat halal and that looks like one for the books.


    And mayo on any sandwich is not sacrilege. It’s positively necessary.

  6. Joe says:

    That looks fantastic…too bad it’s hours from lunch yet.

  7. Steve says:


    If you ever try the pastrami at Katz’s in NYC, the menu states plainly: “Ask for mayo at your own peril.”

    Mustard Rules!!

  8. david sax says:

    In Kosher delis it’s usually referred to as “Beef Fry” and the pastrami is very thinly sliced and often deep fried. That’s 2x the fat. mmmmm

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  10. E. Nassar says:

    Damn, very nice stuff. Jim, no one is saying this is a bacon substitute. There is no such thing!! Totally different sandwich than a BLT, but I bet it tastes great.

  11. Jon says:

    Jason cheated, ’cause I happen to know he used Katz’ Pastrami. Which is very high in fat (for those of you not paying attention that’s a GOOD thing , not a bad one!). So his PLT crisped properly.

    I DO bet that tasted every bit as good as a BLT.

  12. Yeah, you gotta use fatty pastrami if possible. You could certainly do it with leaner pastrami but it definitely will not come out like that. In which case you might want to interject some schmaltz or other pareve fat in there to get it to fry up nice. “Beef Fry” which is a type of kosher pastrami sold for this purpose also works well.

  13. Michele L says:

    This reminds me of the infamous diner scene in 5 easy pieces… I’d hold everything except the pastrami. Just give me a fork, and a bit of mustard. No need for the rest, it looks so good.

  14. tracey says:

    After all the time I spent pushing pastrami and egg sandwiches for my porcine averse customers it never occured to offer up the PLT also. And for the record the Fairlawn Diner does an amazing pastrami and egg sandwich.

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  16. Susan Burton says:

    We just came back from Turkey and in the hotel each morning they served pastrami bacon. Is it possible to find that in the US? It looked and tasted just like regular bacon–any stores sell it?

  17. Bert Sackman says:

    I think the mayonnaise – no mayonnaise issue for pastrami and corned beef sandwiches is amusing. I remember going to Wolfie’s, in Florida, and, as a joke, I ordered a corned beef sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise. Not only did they refuse to make the sandwich, they refused to serve me at all. So, the next time I went to Wolfie’s, I ordered a Reuben – corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. They had no problem serving me a corned beef sandwich using a mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup — AS LONG AS IT WAS CALLED A REUBEN.

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