First Smoked salmon

Discussion in 'Fish' started by driedstick, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First of all I would like to thank Waterin hole brew, and Cmayna for their guidance to this project, just took me a while.

    So when the guys at hunting camp want smoked salmon, for some god awefull reason they told me to make some,,, SO Ok,

    I am not a big fish fan but what the heck, doing it for them, 

    Here is the crowd I have to feed 


    My brother below 


    and the newest to camp - my boy 


    SO onto the smoked salmon,,,,, This being the first time I did not want to ruin a bunch so on Fri night on my way home from work I picked up a fillet that weighted about 2 1/2lbs ,,,, brown sugar, kosher salt. 

    Did the dry brine of 4 cups dark brown sugar to 1 cup of kosher salt. 


    Waiting to be cut into chunks, 

    put a good layer of brown sugar mixed with salt down. 


    layer fish, then mixture brown sugar, fish, brown sugar ect. 


    This sat overnight for a total of about 14hrs. 


    Then onto the counter for approx. two hrs with a fan blowing on it to form Pellicale 


    I started smoker at 130* for 1hr, then bumped to 145* for an hr then to 160* till the IT was 145*

    Smoked with Trager cherry pellets in the MES with Mailbox mod. 


    NOTE the last 1/2hr or so I brushed some warm honey on each piece and sprinkled with Black Pepper


    My wife being from San Diego loves fish so she is the official fish tester,


    She said it was absolutey great!!!! (so did the boy) She said the honey made it!! she could not taste the black pepper thou,, and the honey was not overpowering the salmon,,, great mixture.  

    SO that was it,,,,,,,,,,Went out Sat. night bought more to do on Sunday 


    I know it is not as good as fresh but you have to do what you have to do. 

    Thanks again guys for the help!!! 

    This should satisfy the Hunting group!!! 

    Thanks, for looking. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS
     
     
    daveomak, c farmer, tropics and 4 others like this.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Morning DS.... For a guy that don't know how to cook fish, you did MIGHTY-FINE !!!!!....Thumbs Up
     
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man that looks sooooooooo gooooooooood.

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  4. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So which one are you in the first pic?   Glad to see it turn out so good.  Congrats.  Oh and I normally brine my Salmon 6-7 hours not 14, but a good friend does it for 24+ hours and has been bugging me to try doing it longer.  Your 14 hour session might just be my next attempt.   That honey and pepper will do it each time.  Careful, pretty soon the wife will start asking why you're not as sweet as that Salmon........
     
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Dave,,,, I just gave some here to the guys at work and one said he was headed to costco this weekend to get some for me to smoke,,,, I said you better wait till I am done hunting LOL 

    Thanks for compliment 

    DS
     
  6. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Farm!! They tell me it is good,,, I am not a fish fan and to be honest I have not even tried any yet,,, to early in the morning to be eating,,, I will try some after lunch,,,, BUT I do love to catch them. 

    DS
     
  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Craig, Thanks again, Nope none of the pics show my ugly mug LOL, yep 14hrs works for the wife and guys here at work so I will stay with that for a while then try less and more,,,,I did not rinse these after brining, I just kinda squeegy them off between my index finger and thumb,,, And yes the Mrs already says that,,,, LOL 

    I am not a fish fan but love to catch them here on the Columbia and Clearwater Rivers, I may have to try some of this after lunch. 

    Thanks 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    Steve 
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2015
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    DS, that salmon looks awesome man.... Ya knocked that smoke outta the park ! Thumbs Up Hunting camp looks like a great bunch & the new addition to the camp sure looks like a great young man ! Sounds like that salmon made some happy folks at camp & home ! Again, great job ! :beercheer:

    :points1:
     
  9. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks WHB,,,, Yep also the guys here at work are still craving about it also. 

    DS
     
  10. dirtyduc83

    dirtyduc83 Fire Starter

    Nice job man! Looks nice and moist like it should.
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    DS sorry for being late to the party.the fish looks good.Good luck at the camp.

    Richie
     
  12. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Dirty Yep this was very moist and a great hit with all that have tried it,,,, it's a keeper

    DS
     
     
  13. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This party is always going, thanks for the kind words,,,camp was not so good thou,,,,oh well Muzzleloader season coming up next 

    DS
     
  14. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That, DS, is a fine smoke!

    Points.

    Disco
     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow somehow I missed this! Nice smoke DS!

    POINTS!
     
  16. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Disco,, Yep is has turned out mighty fine,,, Impressed myself LOL 

    DS
     
     
  17. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks DS!!! heck, I have missed alot of your posts for sure,,, This turned out great 

    DS
     
     
  18. Wow! That looks great. 

    My local Whole Foods has salmon on sale this weekend so I was cruisin' through here for a recipe to use in my rookie run with salmon. 

    Thanks for sharing! 
     
  19. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You will like this it was my first time doing it also,,, Good stuff

    I just seen some on sale for 5.68lb been thinking about stocking up also.

    Good luck 

    DS
     
     
  20. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    question on this,,,,,day after I smoked I vac pacd and threw in the fridge,how long will they stay good in fridge in vac pac or do I need to freeze 

    DS
     
     

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