Why does Pastrami have Such a Weird Taste?

What is the herb or spice that makes pastrami so rich? I can only eat a couple of bites of it, then it starts to taste cloying - way too rich and greasy. I've tried pastrami in NYC and Philly delis/sandwich shops and just can't get past that weird, greasy taste. Tried it with deli mustards, coleslaw, sauerkraut and nothing makes it taste less greasy. I love corned beef, smoked turkey and other smoked meats. Is it the smoking or some particular spice or herb?

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