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  Living in Oregon I have a lot of friends that salmon fish.  While I love any kind of delicious seafood I am not so fond of getting up before dawn for anything less than putting a large hunk of meat on the smoker.

 

   So i have a standing offer that anyone can hand over the cleaned fish to me and I'll take care of the prep and smoking for a 25% cut of the booty.

 

   Seem I may have bit off a little more than I can chew with this year's chinook run.  I got 30 lbs last week, 20 lbs this week and just heard I have 60 lbs coming Monday.  But I'm loving the excuse to keep the smoker running :)

 

Smoker: Smoky Hollow vertical cabinet, propane

Chips: Alder

Brine: Mr T's recipe (from this forum) - 22hrs in the bag

Time/Temp: Started at 180°, my smoker has burner problems and won't go over 190, one the salmon added it dropped to 160°, I brought the meat up to 145° on the bottom rack first then moved that to the middle rack and brought the next heaviest rack to the bottom.  I had the thinner slices at the very top where it seems to stay cooler from the bottom 2 heavy racks sucking up the heat.

Once I had it to 145 in all the thick pieces I held the smoker at 145°-150° for 2.5 more hours.

 Total cook time - 4 hours

 

  This is my third time using Mr T's brine recipe.  I put a full tsp of paprika in the brine as opposed to 1/2 but other than that I stick to the script.  It came out a little saltier this time, not overpowering but I like it a little on the sweeter side which Mr T's brine usually gives me.  I was going for a little less moist on this run and got it just about where I wanted, maybe a smidge to the dry side.

 

Drying, I used a fan and dried on the counter for about 1 3/4 hour.  I've tried to dry for less time in the past and you really do end up with a lot more fat bubbling out which isn't cosmetically pleasing.

 

Finished and cooling for packaging.  I don't use a fan but at least I have salmon to eat while I wait.

 

Man oh man do I love the look of a lot of these in my fridge, too bad I have to give 75% of it back!

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Looks great I have some going right now in a dry brine.. 

 

A full smoker is a happy smoker

 

DS
 

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Thanks DS

 

  I put another 10lbs in the brine the night this came out.  Then I got a little sauced watching the Ducks Game and left it in the wet brine longer than I wanted.  About 34 hours of brine :(.  So this batch I'm basting with pure maple syrup every hour to combat the extra salty flavor imparted from the too-long brine bath.

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