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First try smoking Salmon


Fire Starter
Joined Oct 26, 2010
Just to get started, I bought some frozen salmon from Aldi's a small discount grocery store because it was relatively cheap and I didn't know what I was doing.

I brined them 1 lb of fish per bowl with kosher salt and brown sugar for one hr.

I let them dry attempting to form a pellicle but I was kinda rushed to get them on so I don't think I dried them enough, they were sorta tacky to the touch though.

They cooked fast, about 1 1/2 hrs at 180-200. they got up past 145 deg. so off they came.

Not too bad, maybe a little dry, the mesquite wood made them a little strong to eat it out right, but I bet I can mix it up into some cracker dip and it's going to be great.

I do feel confident enough to spend a few more $$ on some fresh fish sometime, MMM I can't wait!

On the smoker!

1 1/2 hrs and done. Yummy enough for cheap frozen fish.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 19, 2010
Looks like you did great for the first run at it!  I often prefer my salmon or trout dry and eat it with cream cheese and crackers.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jan 23, 2010
looks good, I love mixing mine with cream cheese and putting on crackers
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