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My 1st. smoked salmon


Fire Starter
Joined Jul 30, 2013
This is not ground braking but its was my first. My dad gave me some beautiful wild caught north west salmon and I dry brined it with 1 cup dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup canning salt and some fresh minced garlic (about 1 tbs) I picked the smallest piece of fish for a tester. Because of that I left it hole with the skin on. Brined it over night then gave the fish a rinse and pat dry with paper towels. After that I set it in cool place (the garage) with a fan blowing on it. after 2 hours this is what it looked like...nice and sticky! ground some fresh black pepper on it before going in the smoker.

Im testing out my new pellet smoker trays. I used a 50/50 mix of apple and hickory pellets.

I found out they will smoke for 8 hours each and there smaller size keeps them away from the heat from the burner in the middle.

I put the fish in at 155* for 2 hours then 200* for the last 30 min. I had both trays filled up but next time I will only do half. Its nice not having to keep feeding smoker chips every few hours!

After 2 hours in the fridge this is what I got!

I cut the tip off and saved the rest for thanksgiving but its going to be hard to stay out of it! It was the best smoked fish I've ever had! and will be doing a bigger batch soon! The salty sweetness from the brine was just right with the smoke flavors. The texture is a biggie for me and it was spot on! not mush but not dry....Simple and very good!

leah elisheva

Master of the Pit
Joined Sep 19, 2013
That looks beautiful, your machinery looks mighty impressive, and "Z Dog" is just downright adorable! Happy holiday week!!! Cheers! - Leah


Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
Joined Dec 4, 2011
Hey GrillDad - That looks awesome, really tasty.

BTW that dry brine is the same recipe I use that I got from my brother in Aberdeen, years ago I remember going razor clam digging near Longview.

Have fun!



Smoking Guru
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SMF Premier Member
Joined Nov 3, 2011
That looks great, how did the new smoker trays do for ya??


Fire Starter
Thread starter
Joined Jul 30, 2013
My smoke trays worked really well. One full tray will smoke for 4 hours. and will only fill half the tray next time. I wished I was able to get more salmon this season. better luck next year...

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