Discussion in 'Fish' started by moikel, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When I  joined this forum & got my MES the first thing I did in it was these little blue mackeral.I think it was my first post.Ive come back to them again.I went to the market to get sardines,Im running low,have done a bunch of contra deals only got about 3 jars left.They are a 5 week turn around,salted pressed then under oil.Calabrian style with chilli.But the cupboard was bare,fish generally was over the odds .Dont know if its weather or low catchs but prices were strong.So I  came back to old faithful. This time I left them whole,brine was water salt brown sugar,dried orange peel,orange ,blood orange,beer,bay leaf,gbp. Im going to tie 2 per string,hang them from the bars not lay them on the racks, smoke them lower & slower.May use the AMPS as well over hickory.Sort of a Scottish feel[​IMG]rices were strong
  2. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    it is a good start i wiil  wait for it.
  3. smokinal

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

  4. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK  tied them up,hung them off the sausage bas.2hours at 80c over what I  think is hickory.Label not on bag.I love my MES30 but a 40 would be a big improvement.for smokes like this.Its a bit crowded & its only 10 fish. I cant find the space for a big off set ,even if I  could buy one.Still kicking myself about finding out to late that a guy I know has a bought a trailer boat[​IMG]being shipped here from South Carolina in a container.Could have got a smoker into the container easy,dealt with space issues later.
  5. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK out of the MES this was a way better way to do them.I am so taken with AMZPS that used it as well to bump the smoke.They are done through one of the heads fell off when I  was packaging them up so [​IMG]thats a pretty clear indicator.They have that distinct oily feel of mackeral,lovely smokey taste.Will make a good base for that Creole dish I  do with black eye peas or as a fish pate to go on toast.My British friends will take a pair each in a heart beat particularly the Scots. 

    Great little fish $5 a kg,sustainable,omega 3 what more could you want.[​IMG]
  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It looks great i want few on my plate[​IMG]
  7. Oh man mackerel is one of my favorite fishes!!!

    I like it cold smoked though.

    For 4 lb of fish

    1/2 gallon of water

    10 TBSp salt

    2 TBSp sugar

    1 TBSp coriiander

    1 Tsp CBP

    Marinate fish for 2 days. Dry. Smoke with cold smoke for 7-12 hours.


  8. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

      It looks amazing yup goes good with vodka and olives
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Your fish looks good not my fav but maybe yours.
  10. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have not cold smoked any fish yet,little wary about it given our hot climate. Does look great .What temp for smoke?No cure ,nitrites? I do gravalax so it shouldnt be that big a leap.
  11. Most of cold smoking I do is during cold months. But out of all methods of cold smoking fish I've seen online not one mentioned any other curing but regular salt. I think 2 days under salt brine is good enough to make it safe. I also remember recipe of lox where you have to cover filet with dry salt rub and leave it on a table for 12 hours.
  12. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  13. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like cold smoked fish,but I wont try it till what passes for  winter down here rolls around. The gravalax I  do in the fridge turns out great. I know they sun dry fish in Asia but Im just a bit wary.That said I  do bottarga ,salted dried fish roe,but I am pretty careful .
  14. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lots of fish above it on the list,bones are an issue but I  do like the oilyness of it.Mind you at $5kg its also really cheap.The stuff I  like to cook is all off the scale at the minute.We have had a terrible summer weather wise hell of a lot of rain but nobody at the  market was giving me a straight answer.

    For my British friends its a bit of nostalgia. We do have good  fish down here some you would know some you wouldnt I will grill a few things soon.At least fish is on my diet,Im starting to have inappropriate thoughts about carbohydrates & its only week3.
  15. bvz12

    bvz12 Newbie

    Dear ANACONDA, I am sorry to bother you, but I have several questions. In Your recipe for cold smoked mackerel on 3/2011 You using 1tsp of CBP. What is CBP? And what temperature for cold smoke? 70*F? And 1 more question. Why you don't using INSTACURE # 1? Marinating for 2 days Is not too much? Sincerely Yours, Bella

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