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Went salmon fishing at Sam's

Discussion in 'Fish' started by SmokinAl, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    All you northern guys that catch your wild salmon & cook it fresh, I really envy you. That being said I got my pole & net & went to Sam's. When I saw the salmon in the cooler I snagged one with my treble hook, netted it & brought it home to smoke. It was filleted & skinned. I cut the belly & tail off so the main piece of meat would be the same thickness, kind of like St. Louis style ribs, then I coated it with EVOO & cajun seasoning.


    Onto the smoker at 215. I put it on cold with the smoker cold & cold water in the water pan. The idea was to cold smoke it for 30-40 minutes while the smoker got to temp.. Here it is just on with the TBS flowing.


    Normally I don't put a probe in the salmon, but I really wanted to know what the it temp. was when I usually take it off. I set the therm for 140 and it went off in about 55 minutes. We checked the salmon & it was done. One thing I learned is that you don't want to overcook salmon. You are much better undercooking it. My wife Judy is a salmon expert & she can look at it & tell when it should be taken off the smoker. Here it is ready to eat. Juicy & moist with that cajun spice. Judy said it was ready & she was right. I posted more than 1 pic because it was so juicy & tender. It just melted in your mouth. Hope you can see that in the pics.





    Thanks for looking folks, hope you enjoyed the show.
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  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great Al....I'm still reading posts from that other thread and here pops yours. I'm gonna treat myself and go fishing at Costco Monday when I get off work...lol
  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks way delicious Al!!!!

  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks Great Al...  What # test line and what size hook did you use? lol
  5. nozzleman

    nozzleman Smoking Fanatic

    Man that looks good, I gotta try it. The best thing about fishing at Sam's is you can always count on eating fish at the end of the day.
  6. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    nice looking salmon AL !!! yes the pics did do it justice,it looks juicy and perfect!!!
  7. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    AL that is some great looking fish nice job.. bet that was tasty.. AL I live 5 mins from the St. Lawrence river its were the World Championship are held for carp.

    we have some great fishing here.  check this link out http://www.carptournamentseries.com/news/?page_id=914
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2011
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Great Al!

    I love grilled salmon.

  9. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I used to catch carp when I was a kid, used homemade dough balls. Soft bread mixed with a little cotton. I have some big carp in the pond behind my house. They are sterilized grass carp & weigh about 15-20 lbs. each. There's also some big catfish & bass in there, and a ton of bluegill & crappie. Judy caught a 10 lb. largemouth back there about a year ago. Biggest one I ever caught was 8.5 lbs. The photo in my avatar is a 15 lb. catfish that I caught back there, believe it or not that sucker hit a spinner bait. I always thought you had to bottom fish for catfish.
  10. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great Al, I betcha it tasted great too. [​IMG]
  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man-o-man, that is some fine looking fish Al! I might have to borrow Judy next time I make some so she can tell me when to pull it off the smoker.... lol.
  12. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks AWESOME Al !!!

    And Great pictures Too!!!----I left-clicked to zoom in on one of those closeups, and it seemed like I was walking on the surface of the fish, looking around in between the flakes!!!

    Thanks Al,

  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey Al,

    Did you drag them out on a rope?

  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking Salmon AL - I have tried Salmon every imaginable way and just dont like it, but it looks great.
  15. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    MMMMMMM Salmon. My favorite. I seem to "catch" them every time I head to Sam's as well. It's my go to hot spot. haha
  16. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not his time, but I'll remember to do that next time!  [​IMG]
  17. Wow!  Salmon, my favorite fish!   You sure got it lookin good in those pics.  There is not many things out there that will allow me to pass up a chance to eat salmon.  
  18. somekinj

    somekinj Newbie

    looks great! I'm just started getting into smoking and Fish and Poultry is really all I can eat due to a Bowel Disease. This looks amazing and will have to try it out!