I have just brought these round for you to smoke for me!

Discussion in 'Fish' started by wade, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I got home from work today at about 6pm and about 10 minutes later there was a knock at the door. It was a friend from the Village. "Hey Wade, I have just been fishing. You couldn't just smoke these for me could you?"

    What could I say? It had been a hectic day and I was imagining what that glass of wine I was about to open was going to taste like! Of course I said Yes. He opened the bag he was carrying and poured the contents into one of my stainless trays.


    Twenty minutes later they were filleted and in the dry cure


    Two hours later - waiting to go in the smoker


    They are currently cold smoking over Hickory and will be ready in the morning. I will post more when I take them out.

    With nearly 3 Kilos of heads, tails and trimmings I could not resist making stock. 10 x 400ml bags as a bi product


    I have labelled it with a short shelf life as it is fresh, unsterilised stock - however frozen it will keep for 6 months or so.
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like there's gonna be some tasty smoked fillets.

    Fish stock would be a good start to a creamy seafood bisque!
     
  3. WAY HEY Mate!  Lookin good!.  Helping out a mate AND makin a little money.  Can't be a bad thing!  You are makin things tough on me here at home.  As I said before the Missus loves smoked fish so [​IMG].  I hope to learn some tricks from you at the meet.  Keep Smokin!

    Danny
     
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Neighbors bringing stuff, now thats a novel idea! LOL

    I bet they're good.
     
  5. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    With these fish being so fresh the stock smelled divine. Sometimes fish stock can smell pretty strong though when it is cooking! 
     
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    After 9 hours in the smoker


    My wife thought that the previous photos of the whole Trout did not do then justice size-wise so I have put a ruler there for a sense of scale


    Trimmed and ready for packing. They will stay in the fridge to air dry for about 12 hours before they are packed.


    I will pack them tonight
     
  7. Very fine job.  Great looking trout.  Keep Smokin!

    Danny
     
  8. How delicious!!!!!!! Cheers! - Leah
     
  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wild brown trout out of clean waters a great thing.They look like solid fish!
     
  10. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL, My wife's fishing buddy just gave me 10# of Salmon to turn into Jerky and nuggets.  Now if a neighbor starts a knockin', I will just hide out in my shop.

    Wade,

    Very nice pics.  I have yet to smoke trout.  Need to put that on my bucket list.
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job on the smoke I have not tried cold smoking, is the cure recipe a secret? If not TIA

    Richie
     
  12. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Nicely done!  Looks phenomenal.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Well done Wade...you are definitely a good friend to have!

    Cheers!
     
  14. big fish

    big fish Smoke Blower

    Good way to get some smokes. Trade 'em a couple of fish for the smoke. My family and friends are always asking me to smoke fish for them...I tell them to bring some extra as payment.  ;-)

    Mighty fine looking trout too!
     
  15. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I did keep two of them as "payment" plus all the stock. Hard to draw the line between smoking for friends though and using it to build the business. He recons that he has quite a few fishing buddies that also want theirs smoked - but I told him that they would have to be a commercial proposition... The question is how much to charge in this situation - They are providing the main ingredient but if you charge a realistic rate for the time involved then the prices would be crazy. It may be a case of stockpiling in the freezer and then smoking en-mass. That way the costs and time remain similar.

    Anyway - the packaged Trout... These were frozen last night.

     
  16. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments too [​IMG]
     
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking smoke. Now you just have to move to Canada so you can smoke stuff for me too.

    Disco
     
  18. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most of my relatives on my fathers side did move to Canada when I was young. They mostly live near Ontario now. I must confess that I have not been out to see them since I was 5 - yes bad I know!
     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, come on over. We need more smokers!
     
  20. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had another visit last night and another 6 monster trout were thrust into my hand. These were even bigger than the last lot!

    Filleted, cured and smoked overnight.



    In 2 weeks time I will apparently be getting a delivery of pigeon and pheasant to smoke from him. I have never tried smoking pigeon before so that should be interesting.
     

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