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Sweetening Salmon jerky

cmayna

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All my friends and fellow anglers love my current Salmon jerky recipe and will stone me if I dare change it.  But I love experimenting. So this weekend, I'll be doing more and want to experiment on a few select pieces by applying some diluted Maple syrup, honey or heated brown sugar after it comes out of the dry brine (brown sugar, salt, garlic).  So when should I brush or spritz it on?  Keep in mind that I typically air dry for a couple hours, smoke for 2 hours and then dehydrate for 4+ hours.   I'm thinking during the drying process?
 
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dirtsailor2003

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I like to apply it after the pellicle has formed, but before I smoke. The heat during the smoking stage lets the sugars carmelized and meld together with the fish.
 

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Case,

That's what I do currently with some of my Salmon filets. Before going into the Big Chief, diluted honey brushed on followed with a tiny amount of coarse black pepper. What would be best for a sweetener ?  Maybe I'll try both honey and maple syrup on a few separate select pieces.

Oh joy, it's experimenting time.
 

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Water will partially dissolve the pellicle that has formed...   Sugars and honey are hygroscopic and draw moisture from the air...   Just something you should look out for....  

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Hygroscopic  substances include cellulose fibers such as cotton and paper, sugar, caramel, honey, glycerol, ethanol, methanol, diesel fuel, sulfuric acid, ...
 

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So Dave,

What would you recommend?  What I was thinking to do is to apply the sweetener just to the top side of each piece.
 
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Yeah, that's what I'd do....   Just wanted you to know what to expect...    Dave
 

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