Will Smoke for Fish!

Discussion in 'Fish' started by sky monkey, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. sky monkey

    sky monkey Smoke Blower

      Living in Oregon I have a lot of friends that salmon fish.  While I love any kind of delicious seafood I am not so fond of getting up before dawn for anything less than putting a large hunk of meat on the smoker.

       So i have a standing offer that anyone can hand over the cleaned fish to me and I'll take care of the prep and smoking for a 25% cut of the booty.

       Seem I may have bit off a little more than I can chew with this year's chinook run.  I got 30 lbs last week, 20 lbs this week and just heard I have 60 lbs coming Monday.  But I'm loving the excuse to keep the smoker running :)

    Smoker: Smoky Hollow vertical cabinet, propane

    Chips: Alder

    Brine: Mr T's recipe (from this forum) - 22hrs in the bag

    Time/Temp: Started at 180°, my smoker has burner problems and won't go over 190, one the salmon added it dropped to 160°, I brought the meat up to 145° on the bottom rack first then moved that to the middle rack and brought the next heaviest rack to the bottom.  I had the thinner slices at the very top where it seems to stay cooler from the bottom 2 heavy racks sucking up the heat.

    Once I had it to 145 in all the thick pieces I held the smoker at 145°-150° for 2.5 more hours.

     Total cook time - 4 hours

      This is my third time using Mr T's brine recipe.  I put a full tsp of paprika in the brine as opposed to 1/2 but other than that I stick to the script.  It came out a little saltier this time, not overpowering but I like it a little on the sweeter side which Mr T's brine usually gives me.  I was going for a little less moist on this run and got it just about where I wanted, maybe a smidge to the dry side.


    Drying, I used a fan and dried on the counter for about 1 3/4 hour.  I've tried to dry for less time in the past and you really do end up with a lot more fat bubbling out which isn't cosmetically pleasing.



    Finished and cooling for packaging.  I don't use a fan but at least I have salmon to eat while I wait.


    Man oh man do I love the look of a lot of these in my fridge, too bad I have to give 75% of it back!
     
  2. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great I have some going right now in a dry brine.. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

    DS
     
     
  3. sky monkey

    sky monkey Smoke Blower

    Thanks DS

      I put another 10lbs in the brine the night this came out.  Then I got a little sauced watching the Ducks Game and left it in the wet brine longer than I wanted.  About 34 hours of brine :(.  So this batch I'm basting with pure maple syrup every hour to combat the extra salty flavor imparted from the too-long brine bath.
     

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