Super Bowl Salmon Nuggets

Discussion in 'Fish' started by cmayna, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Since I modified some light weight racks to fit the MES40 for fish smoking, I thought today would be a good day to give them the test.

    9# of local King Salmon caught by yours truly and his way better half.

    In a simple dry brine of 4/1 ratio of dk brown sugar / non iodized salt.

    3+ hours after starting the brining process

    Air drying for 2+ hours. Note the bottom rack seems to be split into two. Right side pieces were not rinsed. Dried Stick
    has been bugging me to try some Salmon without rinsing it after brining. So.....OK, why not! Won't taste it until tomorrow.

    3+ hours after being in the smoker on the new racks which by the way worked perfectly.


    Back in the kitchen to rest with a little diluted honey and coarse black pepper added at the last minute.




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    Last edited: Feb 7, 2016
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great Craig! Nice smoke!
  3. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks delicious. I'd eat a bunch.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome to me....  I'd eat it.....  
  5. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That is amazing - Looks like those additional racks are serving you well my friend - Nice!
  6. Lookin' good [​IMG]  I'd love to sit down with that tub and a fork. 

    I've smoked at least 17 zillion salmon but never tried nuggets. Those cute little chunks look like the perfect thing to put in my daughters lunch to take to preschool!

    I usually do my salmon in strips. Is there a reason why you chose this cut?

    I've tried mopping with honey both before and/or during the smoke but never after. It seems to me that the honey gets too runny when it heats up in the smoker and ends up almost entirely dripping off the fish and down onto the pan, so adding the honey after the fact is a good idea. Nice work. Be sure to let us know how the rinse vs. no rinse comparison works out.   

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