First try smoking Salmon

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Fire Starter
Original poster
Oct 26, 2010
Marshall, MO
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
Apr 19, 2010
Bay Area, CA
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.