Smoked Indian Candy (salmon)

Discussion in 'Fish' started by bodbob, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. bodbob

    bodbob Fire Starter

    Hey all,

    I just wanted to post a great method for curing/smoking salmon. I started with a beautiful skinned Costco Norwegian farmed salmon filet  of 3 lbs. I cut the filet into 2" wide strips across the grain, then used a  wet brine for 12 hours. The brine recipe was:

    1/4 cup of kosher salt

    1 cup of dark brown sugar

    1/2 cup of grade A maple syrup

    1 quart of water

    I took it out of the fridge in the morning and washed each piece under cold water then placed it on drying racks after sprinkling with coarse black pepper and put a fan on it for 2 hours.


    I brought my BGE up to 150 and used 1"X4" pieces of almond for the smoke (about 6). 


    I was able to maintain a grill temp of around 148-156 for the first 2 hours and basted the fish with more maple syrup when it had been on 2 hours. It was smoked to an IT of  135/140 and I let the grill temp creep up to 190 during the last hour of the cook. Total cook time was 3.5 hours. I also basted the fish in maple syrup once more just before removing it from the egg.


    I let it rest for 30 minutes before putting it back in the fridge, but I had to taste it before it went back and I gotta say this was some perfectly smoked, mouthwateringly good stuff. There was just the right amount of sweet/salt/smoke flavor for my taste, and I can't wait to make another batch!

    Thanks for listening and for all the help you all offer here on SMF!

    BB
     
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking smoke!
     
  3. bodbob

    bodbob Fire Starter

    Thanks DirtSailor. Give it a try. You'll like it!

    Cheers,

    BB
     
  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Vac pac some and send it to me I will try that - Looks great nice job. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS
     
     
  5. bodbob

    bodbob Fire Starter

    Mine will be full today. 3 racks of baby backs and Garys smoked baked beans! Grilling some chicken thighs on my gas grill too.

    BB
     
  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks wonderful. Good job
     
  7. brayhaven

    brayhaven Fire Starter

    Do you know what species of salmon that was?  I usually avoid farmed fish of any type.  But the open water (pens) farmed  salmon might be worth a try.

    Thanks,

    Greg
     
  8. bodbob

    bodbob Fire Starter

    Thanks Craig. Much appreciated.

    Greg,

    I don't know for sure and certain. I think it was a Norwegian Atlantic farmed salmon. I read on a blog somewhere that farmed salmon had a higher fat content (which makes sense) and therefore were better for low and slow smoking, but wild caught are better for grilling for dinner. Don't know if it's true, but I bet someone on this forum does. :)

    Cheers,

    BB
     
  9. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bob,
    All I as well as so many others smoke is wild Salmon, mainly King (Chinook)and can assure you that it is unreal when smoked. I will say that wild Salmon like Silver (Coho) is less fattier so when you smoke it, your smoking time is typically less.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
  10. bodbob

    bodbob Fire Starter

    Thanks for the feedback, Craig. I'll wait till there's a sale price on the wild and smoke some up. My wife's birthday party was last night and the 3 lbs. of salmon I smoked is gone, along with most of 20 lbs of chicken and ribs, and the whole batch of Gary's baked beans. I was gonna post a Qview but the house is a disaster area, so that will have to wait.

    Cheers,

    BB
     
  11. brayhaven

    brayhaven Fire Starter

    Thanks,  I can get Pink here in FL pretty cheap frozen, but it's nothing like the good varieties we had in AK.  FWIW, I know it's not politically correct, but the indians who sold me my first "indian candy" had it marked "squaw candy".. Didn't seem at all offended. [​IMG]

    Greg
     
  12. bodbob

    bodbob Fire Starter

    No matter what  name you want to use, it's mighty good stuff!

    BB
     

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