Montreal-Style Smoke Meat Pops Up in Oakland

Maybe you consider yourself an expert on pastrami and corned beef, those cured-meat staples of the Jewish delicatessen. But have you tried Montreal-style smoked meat? Now you can, thanks to Augie’s Montreal Smoke Meat, a new pop-up that debuted on Monday at Beauty’s Bagel Shop (3838 Telegraph Ave., Oakland).

According to the company’s own description, Augie’s “smoke meat” is beef brisket that’s cured for seven days, then cold-smoked, baked, and seasoned with a pepper-and-coriander rub, resulting in meat with “the spice of pastrami” and the “tender, crumbly texture of corned beef.” At the Beauty’s pop-up, the meat is hand-sliced and served on rye bread from San Francisco’s Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen — $9 for a seven-ounce “L’Original” and $13 for a massive twelve-ounce version.

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