I tried my first smoked salmon a couple of weeks ago and didn't like it much. I did brine it and then did a wet marinade, and then add some light spices, but it just didn't seem to have the same rich flavor as when I do a cedar plank salmon. I cooked them to 140 along side some ribs and chicken and used mesquite and apple wood. It had good flavor, but not as much rich buttery taste as when I use the same brine, but then grill it over a hot flame on a cedar plank. I'm wondering if it would have been better if I did them by themselves and smoked them with cedar instead of apple, mesquite?? Does anyone smoke salmon with cedar at all?