Smoked Mackerel

Discussion in 'Fish' started by freiesleben, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. freiesleben

    freiesleben Meat Mopper

    Hi all,

    Have not been posting that much lately as we have been busy with moving back to Europe etc.. But now it is time again.

    My dad went on a fishing trip a couple of days ago and caught 19 mackerels. I therefore decided to smoke three of them, as I had not tried that before.

    This is before they were put into my WSM:

    And the final result:

    First they got rubbed with coarse salt on the inside and was kept outside the fridge for 4 hours without cover so that they could dry a bit as well. Thereafter I gave them 2 hours at 150 degrees using a couple of lump charcoal and added beech wood dust for smoke.
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Holy Mackerel! Looks tasty! Nice smoke!
  3. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice mack.

    Where in Europe? Maybe you can share some smoked meat/fish recipes from your region/country. I am sucker for little known dishes from other lands.
  4. freiesleben

    freiesleben Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys :)

    I am from Denmark in Scandinavia, my grandpa did a lot of smoking fish, but he passed away last year. But I am now trying to take it up(I do quite a lot of BBQ as well, but I am now using my WSM to smoke fish as well).

    It is pretty straight forward to make the mack, as mentioned it needs to have the inside rubbed well with coarse salt after it has been cleaned properly. Then I put it on a plate for 4 hours and thereafter smoked it with beech wood dust, which is very common to use in Denmark and it gives a good flavor but not overpowering.
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  5. Looks great! luv hearing of different curing methods for fish too,point for somethin different!
  6. smokinal

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

    Looks delicious!

    Nice job!

  7. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Is cold smoked mackerel traditional in your area?
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  9. freiesleben

    freiesleben Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys.

    Yes, Atomicsmoke, everything which comes with smoked fish is traditional, as we are a country of more than 400 islands and therefore surrounded by water. But mine is not exactly cold smoked, as the temperature is above 80 deg. F., which is normally not considered cold smoke. 
  10. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Holy Mackerel !!   I've used Mackerel for bait and have always wondered how it would be to smoke.  Looks great!!
  11. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know this one wasn't cold smoked. I thought you might have some cold smoked mack recipes. Or other fish. Or other meats.
  12. freiesleben

    freiesleben Meat Mopper

    I am cold smoking my bacon :) That is the only thing I have cold smoked until now. Used Bearcarver's recipe except he is not cold smoking his.

    The texture is really good even though it is "hot" smoked. But make sure not to smoke it too hot as I think the fat will render out. Eel can be smoked this way as well I would say, but really difficult to get your hands on.
  13. lunchmeat

    lunchmeat Fire Starter

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  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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