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Smoked Horse Mussels

post #1 of 8
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So I got to go mussel picking the other day. A friend showed me this spot that you can get Horse mussels at low tide. After an hour of picking I got 25 gallons of mussels. After 8 hours of steaming them I got 20 lbs of mussel meat. That's not counting what we were eating while cleaning them, lol. I arranged the mussels in trays and sprinkled a little garlic salt on them. Smoked them with apple chips for about 6 hours bringing the temperature up to 165. After cooling them in the fridge overnight I ended up with 9lbs of mussel meat. I then packed them in containers and covered with canola and soya oil. They taste and smell great but the only small issue I have is the amount of pearls the mussels have in them. I must have taken 100 pearls out of them but still I seem to find more.Picking Mussels


Mussels finishing in the smoker


Close up of mussels before going in oil. Lots of pearls. Look at the one on the top right corner


Covered in oil for storage


25 gallons of Horse Mussels


Horse Mussel


More mussels cooling on racks

post #2 of 8

SNS, those mussels look incredible, nice smoke !!! :points:

post #3 of 8
Looks tasty! Nice smoke! When I lived on the coast here we had mussels right out my backdoor! Only aloud a five gallon bucket though. This year we've been under a shellfish advisory and can't pick do to the dioxides. Maybe next year!
post #4 of 8

Nice score 


A full smoker is a happy smoker



post #5 of 8
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We are only allowed 300 per day per person. We gathered 600 on that outing. They are just huge mussels. Thanks for all the great feedback.
post #6 of 8

holy moses that's a lot of mussels. I love smoked mussels, I'm insanely jealous. cheers!

post #7 of 8

Those look Awesome!!:drool


I love Clams & Oysters, but I'm afraid to try Mussels, ever since My Son got violently sick "Twice" from Mussels. I figure if I got as sick as he did it would definitely Kill me.


They still look Great !!



post #8 of 8

Wow, I did not realize there were mussels that large, they look delicious.

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