First Attempt at Salmon

Discussion in 'Fish' started by vic81, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. vic81

    vic81 Fire Starter

    Hey everyone,

    I decided to give smoking salmon a shot - this will be my first run at it, any words of advice??

    I picked up a fairly large cut at Sams Club, no skin.  From what I have been reading, I need to hit 140 degrees internal temp, which should be 1 to 1.5 hours or so at 225.  Because I don't have skin on the fish I was planning on putting it on aluminum foil, sprayed with oil.  

    I plan to coat the fish with olive oil, add cinnamon and brown sugar to the top while in the smoker.  I will not be using a cedar plank.  I'll also be smoking baby back ribs, and a fatty at the same time.

    So, what do you think??  Anything I should know or do to make it turn out awesome?!?!?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I get the same salmon at Sam's. We like cajun flavor, so we rub it with EVOO, then a liberal dusting with Tones cajun spice( also from Sam's ). I trim it up a little sort of like a rectangle. Cutting off the thinner belly and tail parts. They get done quicker and give you a little snack while you wait for the big piece to get done. I put it directly on the grates, make sure to oil the grates so it won't stick. I don't use a probe to check it with, it is done when you can flake it apart. It usually takes about an hour and a half to cook @ 225, so around 1:20 I'll start checking it. You don't want to overcook salmon, it will get dry. You need a big wide spatula when it's done, because it will break apart if you try to pick it up. 
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011

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