I picked them up at Costco, Do they count as wild caught if pick them up on a Saturday early afternoon
Steelheads on the MES 30 are nice as you can put a whole fillet on a rack without cutting
Anyway a very simple brine and smoke
Brine for 2 hours then on the smoker (no I do not wait for the pellicle to form) then dust with a little ground black pepper.
I put them in the smoker first then let them ramp up to temp with the smoker. I set the smoker for 230F. Usually done in just over an hr
4 cups water
6 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Once in the smoker I smoke until the fattest part of the steelhead is 150F.
Any of your favorite woods will do, mostly use alder for "convention" but today I used orange wood