First MES30 Hot Smoke Salmon [QView]

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by rjp123, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter

    Haha - I'm really giving this smoker a workout!  I've now done something every weekend since I put it together!  Smoking is so easy and produces such a great result!  Thanks to this site for making it easy on a newbie!

    As it is Good Friday (no meat, only fish) I decided to hot smoke some salmon.

    I bougt the salmon from Costco, the entire fillet (no skin and no bone) was around $19 CA$.  Forgot to check the weight, but I think it was around 3 lbs.

    I decided to brine it in a mixture of brown sugar, salt and black pepper (1.5 cups of sugar, 1 cup of salt, I poured out the entire pepper shaker as it was only about 1/4 full) plus enough water to cover it all.

    It brined for 24 hours and then I took it out and put it on a rack to dry in the fridge for another 24 hours - total brine and dry/cure time 48 hours.

    I just loaded it in the smoker and will smoke at 225 deg for about 2 hours using cherry wood.

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    Stay tuned for the results.  The MES30 analog is a really awesome piece of gear and the AMNS makes it super simple to keep a good smoke going.
     
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a winner. I love smoked salmon and cherry is a good wood for it.  Looking forward to finished results.

     
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh Yeah!

    I'm ready!

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    Bear
     
  4. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

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  6. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter

    It is pretty windy out, controlling hte temp at 225 is getting to be a little tough, lots of fiddeling with the temperature guage on the plug.  It took forever to get over 200, I will probably let it smoke for an extra 30 minutes.
     
  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good...keep an eye on that salmon though. I did one from Costco a while back and at 225 it only took a little over an hour. That one piece looks a little fat though....the tail piece might go quick
     
  8. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Is it done yet?? [​IMG]
     
  9. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter

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    Another successful smoke!  The meat is moist, flaky and has a light smokey flavor.

    It was on a total of 2.5 hours because the first hour or so I couldn't get the smoker above 200 deg - it was too windy.

    Yum, yum!
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Perfect!

    Bear
     
  11. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]YUMMMMM
     
  12. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter

    Feedback from others is that the salmon is great.

    It's a little salty for my tastes so I will probably cut down the salt on my next brine.

    So far so good!  Batting 1.000!
     
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    EXCELLENT!!
     

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