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Frozen trout, any ideas?

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Thread Starter 

Just got some frozen trout caught a couple months ago locally.  Thought I'd cold smoke them...not sure what to do after that. Anyone have any input?

post #2 of 7

crawdad bait


post #3 of 7

Crawdad bait...LOL, yea, been awhile since I ate fresh caught trout, roasted over open fire at camp site along a mountain stream...what a week that was...


Anyway, I searched for salmon HERE, as they are closely related (mainly, just a major size difference).

Then, there's TROUT





post #4 of 7
some like to use a dry method, and then there is a brine method. only reason i go with the brine is you dump all ingreds in a non reactive container and mix and dump the fish pieces in.

here is a brine recipie from my grandpa...

smoked fish brine

2 3/4 cups pickling salt
10 qts cold water-use good water
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbls garlic salt

soak avg sized pieces 24 hrs in a refrig or other area between 32-40 deg. soak in fresh water 1 hour

big thick pieces of fish, may require more time and smaller less. once out of brine set on a rack with a fan blowing across fish til outside of fish dry, a coating will form on it called the "pellicle", is now ready for smoker. i also like to rub some brown sugar on the meat.

so when i smoke mine, i generally keep the temps down til i get the color i am looking for. then i will increase temps a bit, 180-200 and leave in smoker untill the medium thickness areas start to flake. the residual heat will continue cooking the thicker portions and they will be done as well. tail sections or thinner pieces may have to be pulled earlier....
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Whatever you decide, don't forget your camera!

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, I thought no one replied!  I still have the trout in the freezer, now I also have a big salmon tail, and a bunch of haddock fillets.  I'm going to try 'grandpas brine' for the trout.  Thanks again!

post #7 of 7

On trout I use a brine similar to the one erain posted with great success. The only thing that I know makes a big difference is whether the trout is white meat or pink/red. White meat trout are usually farm raised and are not that good for smoking in my opinion.


My thoughts would be to smoke it and see if you like it.



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