Cured Smoked Salmon a picture guide

Discussion in 'Fish' started by bbally, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well since it has been a hit and is now one of our best selling items I figured I ought to give a picture guide to the cured salmon. Those of you commercial people wanting to do this in your area can e-mail for a few more tricks of the trade.

    First we need the salmon. After Lorraine requested salmon I decided to mess around with a little Canadian Atlantic. So this is a picture guide using Canadian Atlantic Salmon:

    First fly the salmon in, the fresher you can get it, the better product you will turn out.
    Then you must wash the salmon I always use ice water to wash the salmon down and cool it further. A little trick here is to make this water a brine, it tightens the flesh up for a nicer finished product.
    While the salmon is in the brine for half an hour you want to get your cure spices together. First you cure salt, 3 table spoons for 30 pounds of fish. 4 pounds of salt, then you can add what ever else you like. I use, ginger, brown sugar, ground clove, nutmeg, tarragon, bay leaf and white pepper. I also add in a little chili powder.
    Nest you layer in the salmon with the cure, so cure, salmon cure salmon etc. After that I go back over it until all the cure is used up. The I will come back over each salmon side with a sugar. I have been using maple sugar. But honey and regular sugar will work, as will any number of fruit compotes.
    Let this sit for 6 hours and then wash the sides. And set them in the cooler to dry for at least 12 hours. Then next morning into the smoker. (I am skipping the smoker picture as you have seen it in the bacon and ham blogs. Same thing with fish in it.

    When it reaches 152 degrees pull it and let it sit for half an hour, then into the cooler overnight.
    Of interest to me was the fat that comes out of these Canadian salmon. I have cut a few tails off and an going to make some salmon ravioli with them to see what we can do with that smoke filled fat!

    Hope you enjoy this, talk at you later.
  2. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    excellent post, bob! thanks for taking the time to make it![​IMG]
  3. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks awesome...
  4. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Man that all looks great...

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