Hey John -- smoked some salmon with Alder this weekend and there's no going back! This was actually the very first time I have ever used any pellets other than the Hickory/Cherry blend I originally got from Amazen when I first got my pellet tray earlier this year. It was interesting tasting a familiar recipe with different wood and how big of a difference it makes.
It's hard to explain how much the wood changes the final product, but the one thing I kept thinking in my mind was it was like dipping lobster in garlic butter sauce. The salmon seems to have that same rich, buttery quality to it. It is a very very pleasant taste and I definitely prefer it to the hickory.
I'm usually obsessively checking the smoke and temperatures when I'm smoking, but I was under the weather this past weekend, so after I put the salmon on I didn't check it for about 3 1/2 hours at which point I discovered that my pellets quit burning about 1/2 way down the first row. I re-lit it for the rest of the smoke, but I'm still very pleased with the results even with the limited smoke.
Thanks for the recommendation on switching up the wood!
That's Great Josh!!!
I figured Alder would be Great with Salmon when I told you that, because a number of guys from the The NorthWest said it was the best for Salmon. I wish I would have had some when I was doing all my Salmon. Now I have Alder & No Salmon.