Jerky - Sliced up a big filet into small jerky strips.
At 5 am (yawn!) mixed the fish into my basic dry brine of a 4/1 ratio of dark brown sugar / non iodized salt. Very simple.....like me. Brined for 3 hours.
Rinsed and on the racks for a 2 hour drying session.
Into the MES40 with Alder pellets sitting in a AMNPS over in the mod mailbox. Worked like a champ! Smoked for two hours and then transferred to the dehydrator for another 4 hours.
Finished product. I'll retain a small bag worth but the majority goes to one of our fishing buddies, Norman.
Saturday afternoon, I started to prepare some tails and filets and felt this next session would be way too boring if I just smoke them as is. Besides, we already have plenty of smoked tails and filets. So out came the knife, slicing the tails into strips and cutting the filets into big nuggets (chunks) leaving the skin on most pieces. Actually at the last minute I cut some of the big chunks pictured below into smaller pieces. A little easier for the wife and other fishing ladies to digest. :-) Much easier to share while out on the boat.
Into the same brine mix as note above. Brined for 6 hours.
Stirring the mix 2-3 times during the 6 hour stint.
Smoked them for approx. 4 hours starting at 128 for 1 hour, bumped to 140 for another hour, bumped to 150 for another hour and then to 160 until an IT of 140 was met.
Finish product cooling down on the racks. While still warm, I lightly brushed them with diluted honey and lightly sprinkled with coarse pepper.
And yes, I'm keeping all of this batch. Belch!
Edited by cmayna - 4/4/16 at 7:58am