Hello everybody.....I just found this forum and recognized that I might get some help here. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask newbie questions but I'll give it a shot.
My wife and I recently purchased a Masterbuilt electric smoker (an entry level smoker from QVC, LOL) thinking we might be able to learn a little about smoking. We are in Phoenix and cook outside nearly everynight on a DCS barbeque which we are crazy about. Anyway, our first experience was pretty good (purely by accident). We smoked a pork shoulder and some ribs w/hickory. Shoulder was great....ribs were over smoked. Had a blast, learned a little (like you don't need to add wood chips twice before first chips are gone) and decided to try some salmon.
So...off to CostCo for a nice piece of salmon, then to Barbeques Galore for some alder wood chips (per my research on the net). They didn't carry alder (of course) but conviced us pecan was just as good. So off to smoke about 3#'s of salmon.
Pre-heated MES to 190 degrees, added the soaked pecan chips and put the salmon on a piece of foil (oiled as instructed) and on the rack for 45 minutes. Salmon was preparred with sea salt, pepper, dill and an Agave glaze (ILO brown sugar the recipe called for). Great! Off to drink some beer and wait! 45 minutes later we checked the fish. It was done alright! REALLY mushy and the pecan chips were just sitting in the chip pan...nice and dry and ready to use next time, LOL! So, our salmon was basically just over baked with a unmentionable texture (from the Agave glaze I'm sure)...definitely not smoked! Of course I will eat every last bite with a big smile and assure my bride that this was a terrific effort (I was sure she was going to hurl!) and that we should definitely try this again, LOL!
Besides learning that I do NOT like sugar coated salmon, I don't have a clue what happened. It occurred to me that finding and joining a forum might be a good idea! So, if anyone has the time and/or patience, I would love to know what all I did wrong and maybe some recommendations for next time! I'm thick skinned and so all laughing, joking and poking fun is perfectly acceptable....I just don't think I can eat the WHOLE CHICKEN if this happens again this weekend!
Thanks in advance...
Edited by Hidepounder - 6/16/10 at 12:58am