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  1. thirdeye

    Went Fishing At Lake Sam's Tuesday...

    ... and they were biting. Steelhead specifically. I did a 6-hour dry cure with overnight rest, then smoked these in my Big Chief with pecan pellets for maybe 3.5 hours. The pecan gives them a darker color. The seasoning was a sprinkle of garlic powder, and a heavy hand on the cracked pepper.
  2. thirdeye

    The Steelhead Is Running At Lake Sam's (Club)

    The steelhead action has been pretty slow at Lake Sam's, plenty of salmon but their cousin has been hard to catch. Apparently they are very popular, which is understandable.... it's my favorite too. Mrs ~t~ was shopping and noticed them stocking the fish case (pun intended) and picked up a...
  3. thirdeye

    How I Pressure Can Fresh or Smoked Salmon, Trout and Steelhead.

    I’ve been a trout fisherman my entire life. I like the sport, and I like the bounty. Fried, baked, grilled, smoked….it’s all good. Each member of the trout and salmon family is slightly different, and I like them all. But there is one cooking method I use that is not as common as the others…...
  4. thirdeye

    Dry Cured & Smoked Steelhead Trout

    Although there is nothing I enjoy more than catching and smoking my own fresh caught trout, skin-on steelhead is my favorite store bought species. My Sam's Club carries it and it's an excellent quality. Steelhead has about the perfect fat content, and the fillets are very even on thickness...