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First Fish Smoke, Brown Trout, need a little help!

post #1 of 5
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Hello there.


I recently purchased a new smoker, which is a SmokinTex 1400 series smoker.  I cooked a brisket last week, and smoked some jerky also.  Turned out excellent.


I just caught some brown trout today through the ice at a local lake. 



I have them gutted, scaled, and ready for a brine.



Now I need to brine them.  I was under the assumption that a brine is always a liquid??  I want to keep it simple for my first fish smoke.  I'm planning on using a 2:1 ratio of brown sugar and kosher salt ( I have pickling and canning salt right now, will that work?)  So, saturate the fish with the salt/sugar mixture for 4 hours or so, rinse, the let them dry to form the petticle? 


Any tips are appreciated.  I have read quite a few recipes here, great website for smoking! 



post #2 of 5
Hey there Mike,

Beautiful trout there! I'm actually about to start my first trout smoke soon as well. While I don't have experience, I have read a good chunk of this forum.

The main thing with salt is that it be non-iodized. Some people think it gives an off flavor otherwise. I plan on using dark brown sugar, but I like molasses.

Dry/wet is a preference. From what I understand dry may help the finished product be a little firmer. Either way, they end up pretty similar as the dry brine uses the fish liquid to turn into a wet brine. Brining time again is a preference. Ive heard anything from a few hrs to a few days. Mainly just depends on how much trout flavor you want to come through

Wood choice most say alder or fruit wood for fish. I have alder/apple/cherry and plan on trying all of them before making my decision.

Alot of people remove heads, but again think its just preference. One thing I will suggest is to NOT use their jaw to hang them-the bone rips out when the meat becomes done and it ends in a huge mess.

Good luck!
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Ryan.


I ended up letting them sit in the brine for 12 hours, and then rinsed them off, let the fish dry out on the racks, and then I smoked them for 6 hours at 130°.  I would have smoked them at a higher temperature, but I had things to do for the day.  I thought the fish turned out great.  I had a northern pike in the fridge too, so I smoked it also. 


post #4 of 5
Looks amazing, glad you enjoyed them. I like the red flesh on the browns,all our rainbows up here are stocked so it's just a boring white.
post #5 of 5

Man o man!! They look delicious!!!



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