Salmon for first time smoker... Pellet help

Discussion in 'Fish' started by event horizon, May 29, 2015.

  1. I am going to use a old Luhr Jensen Little Chief for some salmon this weekend. I was to receive some cherry and apple wood to make chips this weekend but that didn't pan out. I bought some Smokehouse pellets and I was going to mix some of them in with the wood chips. The guy at the store said I would be fine with just the pellets? I bought the Mesquite which is a blend of mesquite / Alderwood. The other is a Hickory / Alderwood blend. We are going to make a simple salt, sugar, water brine. We have the salmon today so I want to smoke this weekend. I am leaning toward using the Mesquite pellets on their own for this go, and use the apple / cherry next time.

    Is this a mistake?

    Thanks, John :drool
  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You may find that mesquite is to strong for salmon.
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  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the guys above.  Of the two my choice would be Hickory/Alder.  Use a small amount in the pan so you only apply smoke for a short amount of time.

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  5. Thanks for the input!
    We were just able to find a local shop and got a bag of Alder wood chips. I think I will go with this and save the pellets for something else.

    I will let you know how it goes.... I'm already hungry!
  6. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great, When I was smoking salmon in an LC, one pan of Alder was good for us.

    Hope you enjoy,

  7. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with above. Mesquite don't work to great with fish (tried) I prefer hickory maple cherry apple alder pecan for my salmon. Remember some qview!
  8. Ok, from what I can figure out qview stands for quote pictures? I hope so because I took some.  Again this was my very first try at smoking so this is what I did.

    I used Bearcarvers brine recipe.

    Being the first time trying we did not get too much fish.  We used what we needed to cover the fish and the rest went into the fridge for next weekend.

    Flipped them every hour.  The soy we have was a bit dark, hopefully not too dark.

    Under the fan for a couple of hours.

    Flipped them over after 1 hour under the fan, then into the fridge unwrapped for the night.

    On its way into the smoker.

    Well the smoking is something I am not clear on.  "a pan of chips"  what does that really mean?  a full pan?  I used about a half full pan of the alder chips. I did end up shaking the pan around after it seemed to stop, and later i did add a bit more. I guess this is where I need to get a few smokes under my belt to get a feel of it.

    Brushed it twice with maple syrup twice (I'm Canadian eh!) first time at 2.5hrs and then after 4.5 when I moved the thermometer from the cabinet into a piece of fish.  Removed it when IT was 145, the total time in the smoker was 6 hours.

    Well it has been on the rack for 45 minutes and I could not wait any longer!  Just had a taste and I am very impressed considering this was my first try.

    I think I have a new hobby!
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  9. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats, that looks great ! Nice job ! Thumbs Up
  10. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking finish product.  How did it taste?
  11. Thanks it was great!  I do think I could have put a bit more smoke on it.  i was watching the temps close and put in "a pan" of chips.  Well I am not sure if a pan is a full pan or a little pile.  I did about 1/3 full and added a bit more part way through.  I could go with more, but as you all say on here it's a matter of practice and doing what tastes good!   

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