Traditional smoking in Alaska

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Original poster
Aug 19, 2007
Hello from Alaska,
My wife and I have been drying and smoking salmon here in bush Alaska for the last 24 years. We have a 8' x 16' fish drying rack and a 7' x 11' plywood smoke house. We usually dry and smoke about 50 King salmon per season and this season we are smoking Silver salmon fillets. Talk about tasty smoked salmon, they are great eating. We are considering trying some experimentation with brining recipes on the next batch.
Looking forward to reading and learning more about smoking meat, fish and poultry, well in our case ducks, geese and ptarmigan. This fall we are hoping to try our hand at smoking some caribou and/or moose meat. Thanks
Welcome to SMF WDChurchJr!!! I look most forward to your participation in the forums. Anyway of posting some pics of the salmon set-up and the smokehouse? What part of Alaska are you in?
WD welcome to SMF, and hope you enjoy being with us. I for one would like to see pics of your equipment if it would be possible. Ask any questions you may have and the friendly folks on the forum will supply the answers.
WD that sounds interesting, you'll need to post some pics of you smoke house.

Welcome aboard WDChurchJr. Glad to have you with us and look forward to hearing about your smokes. I too would like to see that set up you have. I can only imagine the great tasting food that comes from it.

Keep Smokin
Our home is in a Yup'ik Eskimo village located on the coast of Kuskokwim Bay Southwest, Alaska. My son and I usually catch the King salmon in our 50 fathom gillnet, we fish out of an aluminum skiff powered by a Yamaha outboard motor. While we are watching the net, we usually clean the salmon so by the time we are done with fishing for the day the salmon are firm and clean, when my wife and three daughters fillet them out it makes the filleting so much the easier. I will post a few photos in the next day or two. Thanks
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