Finally taking the plunge...

Discussion in 'Fish' started by smoking4fun, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    I'm not a salmon fan, but the wifey is a huge fan, so I thought I'd take the plunge and give it a go.

    I used a dry brine (4:1 brown sugar to kosher salt ratio) for 4 hours, pulled them out, washed and patted dry.  They are now in the fridge (hopefully) forming a pellicle while my 2 butts finish in the smoker.

    My plan is to get the Amazen extendable tube going with an apple/cherry mix (can't seem to find my alder pellets), starting at 130* for first hour, 145* for second hour, then 160* until IT on one of the thicker pieces is 140*.  I had a choice between skin-on and skinless, so I got a full filet of the skinless and a half filet of skin-on.  I hope this works.  I'm also planning on putting my Maverick in one of the thicker pieces - any suggestions on how to make sure it stays in there?

    Here are the pieces after the 4 hour dry brine:

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  2. smokinal

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

    Sounds like a plan.

    Hard to get the Mav probe in the middle, kinda gotta smoke it until it's gets flaky. Just pulls apart with a fork. Better to under cook than over cook.

  3. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    The filets were in the fridge for 3 hours...hopefully that formed enough of a pellicle...ready to hit the smoker! I found the alder pellets, so it's an alder/cherry mix for the smoke.

  4. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How did the fish turn out? 
  5. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Did your wife approve?
  6. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    If the taste is off it may be because of the foil pan! Always use a plastic or glass  (non reactive ) pan to cure or brine!
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2016
  7. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the tip!  I was planning on using a big glass cake dish, but decided on the metal because it was more compact so it would fit in the fridge better.  I didn't eat any - but my wife (and her family) loved it.

    Here's the final product (along with some of the pork butt I smoked earlier in the day):

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  8. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks fantastic!
  9. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great! Glad it came out OK. Sometimes the aluminum trays can affect the flavor. Not sure if it could be harmful. Also be sure not to use iodized salt,I made that mistake once. Wasn't wearing my readers when I grabbed the container & it really tasted foul!
  10. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Points! Looks great and it's something new for the wife! Pork came out looking good too!
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Points for some fine looking salmon!

  12. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    Thanks, y'all!

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