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Smoked Steelhead

Discussion in 'Fish' started by SeaBass1983, May 17, 2018.

  1. Hello All,
    This is my second attempt at smoking.
    My wife is a Pescetarian so she doesn't eat meat.

    While she appreciates my new found hobby of smoking meats, she cant really eat any of it.

    I watched a couple of YouTube videos and decided to smoke some fish for her.
    She likes steelhead over salmon when we usually pan cook it, so I decided on smoking that.

    I brined it for about 9 hours in Dark Brown Sugar, Kosher Salt and Pepper.
    I then washed it off and let it sit in a pan with a rack to let it air dry and create a pellicle.

    I smoked it using charcoal and cherry wood chunks trying to maintain a temperature of about 175.
    After about 1hr 15mins, I coated the fish in an apricot jam based off of a video I saw on YouTube.
    I cooked it for another 1/2 and it temped 140.
    My Wife loved it and I thought it was pretty damn good as well.

    Attached are pics.
    The fish in the brine after a couple of hours.

    After washing the brine off and letting is sit to dry.

    Final Product.

    Let me know any tips or tricks you might have for smoking fish.

    SmokinAl likes this.
  2. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    By the pictures it doesn't look like you need any tips or pointers. Those fish look great.

    Point for sure
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job on the fish,great color.
  4. SmokinAl

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

    Your salmon looks fantastic!
    Nicely done!
  5. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SB1983, Looks excellent !!!