A little Catfish smoke w/q-view

Discussion in 'Fish' started by daboys, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The wife is out of town and doesn't like fish. So I picked up some catfish. Let it sit in a brine for about 4 hrs. Mixed a little paprika, onion salt, coarse pepper, and garlic salt and sprinkled it on. Started with a little hickory and finished with apple. I will try this one again. Always used a beer batter before but this was very tasty.
     
  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice cats, daboys.
     
  3. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    glad YOU like it daboys........i tried it here awhile back with some cats my S-I-L caught..........brined it........smoked it.........me and wife decided that fried in this household from now on..........drakes or fry magic

    but i WILL say, yours looks tastey..........should of saved it for this weekend hehehe
     
  4. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin cats! I gotta do some more. If I remember the grocery ads, I think I have em on sale for $2.99 this week. How long did they take at what temp?
     
  5. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty! I'm a smoked catfish fan too.[​IMG]
     
  6. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thought about that, but I was hungry!

    Temps were between 220-255, depending on how the wind was swirling. You had to ask me how long it took. Can't remember what I did a 1/2 hr ago. Between 1-1 1/2 hrs I think. Closer to 1 1/2. Just kept checking to see how easy it would flake.
     
  7. vince

    vince StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Looks very good, never done catfish,


    I love to grill red fish on the half shell
     
  8. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think I paid a little over $5/lb.
     
  9. I love fish but have never smoked it. I have to ask the dumb question...what does the brining do to the fish? Can't you just put the rub on the fish and smoke it without the brining? Is there an advantage to soaking it in the brine??
     
  10. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It helps get rid of of some of the fishy taste, I think. It also helps the meat soak up more moisture and flavor so it doesn't dry out on a long smoke
     
  11. Thanks for the info. WHat is a good recipe for the brine? We love catfish and will probably give it a try.
     
  12. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  13. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just put the fish in a ziplock bag, put in water, salt, a little tabasco sauce, and a little wors, wersester, worstershere, you know which one, and threw it in the fridge for about 4 hrs.
     
  14. Found the brine recipe. Thanks!

    Bill
     
  15. Mark,

    SOunds easy, we will give it a try. Thanks for the info.

    Bill
     
  16. meat-man

    meat-man Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    looks good bud [​IMG]
     
  17. Mark,

    Just wanted to tell you that I finally got around to trying the catfish. Brined it for about 6 hours, made up a simple rub of paprika, salt, pepper and garlic and smoked it for about 1 3/4 hours. My wife and I could not believe howdelicious it turned out. We are going to get some salmon fillets and try them next. Thanks for the tips.

    Bill
     
  18. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad you liked it. Got some fresh cats from a co-worker today. Hopefully will be able to smoke them Tue or Wed.
     

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