Discussion in 'Fish' started by bearcarver, May 17, 2010.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Anybody ever smoke Stripers?
    I like 'em fried, baked, and grilled, but I was just wondering if any of you guys ever smoked them.

    My son's not home yet, but he sent me this picture from his I-phone. That's him and his 4 Stripers, caught today on his "trophy Pro".


    Thanks for lookin',
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those are some nice looking fish for sure....... but how do they dance on the pole? [​IMG]

    Sorry havn't a clue on smoking those.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmm maybe hot smoke them or more like grill them but you aren't going to get much smoke flavor as they will be done in no time. Maybe cold smoke them and then grill them if you want smoke on them. I have never eaten a striper but I don't think they are like salmon and have a nice fat content for smoking. Am I right???? I'm sure you will come up with something you have lots of Salmon smokes under you belt so I'm sure what ever you do it will be great.
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don't dance much---They normally make long hard runs. Very powerful fish.

  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks RB,
    They're pretty thick, but I don't think they have the oil content that the Salmon have. I'll probably fry or grill, unless I get someone here to tell me they found them to be good smoked. But then again, could it be time to experiment?[​IMG]

  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Maybe cold smoke them for a while then turn on the heat and bring them up to 140 internal temp and eat them. Maybe only do a small batch to see how they turn out. You can't beat fried, grilled, or baked fish oh and don't forget boiled fish my family loves that.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I think I'm the only one in my family that ever boiled fish, but I like to boil chunks of some kinds of fish. Then dip them in melted butter----Kinda like a copy of the "Poor man's Lobster". I always loved Lobster, but rarely could afford it.

  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is exactly what we call it "Pour Mans lobster". We add a few bay leafs any spices you like all to the water and boil then dip in butter. Soooo goooood!!
  9. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've caught and eaten quite a few strippers and always enjoyed eating them .... especially when they are really fresh. I have usually fried them and absolutely love to eat them. I've never smoked them but I wouldn't be afraid to try. First, I'd brine the fillets and then smoke them similar to trout. I believe they would be fantastic. Hope it works out for you .... good eating!
  10. Heres a thread that may help you. Last year I was asking for help in smoking croakers. Well I brined them, cured them (the 6.25 went in the brine) and smoked them at about 100 degrees untill moist/dry. By the way the smoked croaker tasted great.
  11. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Filet them off the back bone .take out the rib cage and leave the skin and scales on .
    Grill till flakey on a good hot grill scales down after seasoning and basteing w/ butter.
    stripers on the half shell.
  12. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For the Poor Mans Lobster I like boiling them in Sprite.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That sounds very interesting----What does it do to the flavor---Not too sweet?

  14. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Never smoked em...just fried. And they were good. Went to Cumberland striper fishing...hard fighting fish. They are a hoot to catch!
  15. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    We have boiled fish in 7-UP to get poor mans lobsters. It was the best.
    Nice Stripers by the way.
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks guys for the suggestions:
    I think it might be boiled, with maybe "Ginger ale???"-----Dipped in butter "Poor Man's Lobster".

    And it depends on how much I get, but there might be some smoking experiments going on. Who knows, my kid might even fire up his MES 40, and experiment some on his own?

    Thanks again guys,
  17. hookup

    hookup Smoke Blower

    I'm w/ eman. Fillet and keep on the skin.

    Marinate in your favorite one.

    Then smoke until the meat flakes.

    Or cut into cubes, add 1/2 enriched flour 1/2 white self rising cornmeal, salt, pepper, celery seeds to a plastic bag, shake the cubes and deep fry into fish nuggets.
  18. jcurrier

    jcurrier Smoke Blower

    "I always loved Lobster, but rarely could afford it"

    After reading the earlier post on what some of you are paying for Baby Backs- Lobster is cheaper here in Maine than BBs are elsewhere!

    Maine- Home of the -3-2-1 Lobster- Should I foil that? [​IMG]
  19. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Absolutely wonderful smoked! Last year a bunch of guys went out on a head boat (out of Jersey) and brought some stiper back for me and the hubby. We just got done doing some smoked trout and ran back up to the house (we were at the VFW giving out samples) and put the striper on, no prep other than sprinkling on some spices. Smoked over alder and cherry. I put a garlicy mayo white sauce on them, that I found at the store in the seafood area, towards the end of the smoke. I just kept doing a flake test to check for doneness. THey were excellent! Ran them back down to the VFW and they were wolfed down.

    BTW, this summer if you're son catches some big blue fish, you HAVE to try them smoked. People bring them to us to smoke for them as this is the only way they like them anymore...they're really a strong tasting fish.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Shellbellc,
    I think I'll take you up on the Bluefish when I get some, as that is one of the only fishes that I don't like any other way. Too strong---like you said!
    My son says he'll be getting me more Stripers, so I'll probably do a smoke on the next ones too.


    Yeah---Cheap in Maine, but the price of gas is much too high for me to drive up there for Dinner![​IMG]


    Thanks HookUp,
    But I got 3 nice fillets, and now I got that "Lobster" flavor in my mind. I think this batch is going to be ALL Poor Man's Lobster.


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