Well, I'm thinking "does this mean we're going to eat carp?" Indeed that is exactly what it meant. I was a little grossed out, since I had always heard them called trash-fish and bottom feeders - not exactly appetizing. The end result, however, was quite nice - I was pleasantly surprised.
Here's how we prepared and smoked them...
First, we cleaned them - head-off, and entrails removed. Then using a hatchet, he cut them in half along the backbone. Just like fillets with the bone still in.
Brine... Poppy (my grandfather) brought out a big crockery basin, and started layering with canning salt, then fish, then canning salt then fish.
He told us that the carp make their own brine, all we need to do is add salt.
The next day, he rinsed off the fish pieces and put them on racks in the smokehouse. Next he fired up the little firebox in the back, burning hardwoods (not sure what kind). He let the smoke house go, adding wood as needed for about 24 hours.
When he finally opened it up, the fish was cooked, and partially dried, and nicely smokey. The end result was something close to cooked smoked ham. We used it as an appetizer on crackers and everybody loved it.
Just thought I'd share a bit of something different that was apparently pretty common with past generations. My sister wants me to do a carp for her. Not sure my ECB can compete with Poppy's smokehouse, but will probably give it a go before the summer is over.