Sockeye in the Pellet Smoker

Discussion in 'Fish' started by disco, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nothing fancy here, just a quick smoke.

    We were grocery shopping and pink salmon was on sale. I was going to get some but She Who Must Be Obeyed said she wanted the sockeye salmon. There is not doubt that sockeye is better salmon but it was also double the price. In addition to the fact that she must be obeyed, the missus is a beautiful woman who spoils me rotten. It is a good idea to treat her right. So, we got the sockeye.

    By the time we got home I didn't have time to brine it or do anything else fancy. I put it on a piece of foil that I cut out to the shape of the fillet. I dried it with paper towel and rubbed a very light layer of oil on it. I gave it a good shake of Louisiana Grills Mesquite Rub.


    I preheated the pellet smoker to 225 F with pitmaster pellets and put the fillet in the grill.


    I smoked it to an internal temperature of 155 F.


    We served it with steamed vegetables, fettucine and marinara sauce.


    The Verdict

    There are many different varieties of salmon. The cheapest are pink or chum salmon and farmed salmon. A good piece of wild sockeye is just so much better than the cheaper cuts. It has a fresh salmon taste and a great texture. The touch of smoke from the lower temperature and longer cooking was nice. The mesquite rub gave a nice salty smoke flavour that enhanced the smoke from the pellets.

    I am finding that food cooked in the pellet smoker seems to moister than food I used to cook on the grill or in my prior smoker. I believe that is from the constant movement of hot air around the food.

    This was a real treat but no less than She Who Must Be Obeyed deserved. Just don’t tell her how easy it was on the pellet smoker.

    Disco
     
  2. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job on your salmon. Your new grill looks like it's treating you well!

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  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job, Disco!![​IMG]

    That plate is Killer!![​IMG]---------------[​IMG]

    Did you know that would make Great Bear Bait (Hint)!!![​IMG][​IMG]

    Bear
     
  4. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hot smoked salmon is something the bride and the boys love. Yours looks spot on!

    Nice work, and it seems your birdie has good taste....
     
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have to admit, I love my grill. Thanks for the point!
    Bear, thanks for the point but you are always welcome here for any dish you want!
    Thanks, CB. She Who Must Be Obeyed has good taste in everything except men (whew).
     
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco nice job on a fast smoke.

    Richie
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty meal Disco! Nice smoke!
     
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Richie and Case. The best part was She Who Must Be Obeyed liked it.
     
  9. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Good looking Disco! Can't wait to fix my pellet grill so I can get back on it. I haven't used it in months (as you can tell no posts 😡)
     
  10. Looks great!  I agree, Sockeye is SO much better than that farm raised Atlantic stuff- I've got a pellet pooper and an electric, I find that it comes out moister in the electric, though-

    I usually use a bit of Chef Pauls Salmon Seasoning on it, nice mix of spices-   Never any leftovers!
     
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No smoking? I hope you get back up and running. Thanks for the kind words.
    Thanks! It is interesting the different takes. I had an electric smoker and think my pellet smoker gives a moister product. I love how everyone has their own takes. It is one of the reasons this forum is so helpful.
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome looking plate Disco.... Good choice on the Sockeye..... :2thumbs:..
     
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Dave. I really didn't have much choice on the Sockeye. She Who Must Be Obeyed sort of voluntold me. Of course, she has good taste in everything except men.

    Disco
     
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member



    Oh, that's BS..... She quit lookin' when she found you !!!! Didn't she ???? Don't answer that...
     
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Har. She actually says she doesn't want to meet another man as who wants another of those.
     
  16. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow Disco, what a great thread... Very nice ! We love salmon & yours looks awesome ! Thumbs Up

    Oh, by the way... How I missed this thread is beyond me... :biggrin:
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Justin. Salmon is a beautiful thing!

    Disco
     
  18. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Disco,

    Very nice presentation.  The tail end of the Salmon is my favorite portion.  Your  waaaayyyy better half has good taste when shopping for fish. 
     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, cmayna. Fortunately, She Who Must Be Obeyed doesn't have good taste in men!
     

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