fish question

Discussion in 'Fish' started by ldrus, May 17, 2010.

  1. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i am going to pick up some trout at the store for a saturday smoke the fish
    will be whole with head on only thing done to them was insides cleaned out
    my Q is do i keep them whole or should i fillet them out they are small trout
    maybe 1lb each ........ and would i brine them as i do salmon?
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I personally like them fillet out but thats because I don't like eating them when you have to pull the skin/bones and all of that off. I like just digging into a boneless fillet of fish. My buddies love buying smoked whole fish from Morey's but I just don't care for the whole fish. Just my personal preference so take it for what its worth. And I would think you would be able to smoke them like you do salmon as I believe they are oily like a salmon. I have never smoke trout but love smoking salmon. Good luck and can't wait to see the qview.
  3. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    As to the brine question, I would say yes.
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I usually do a dry rub brine on my fish.
  5. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I always fillet them. Then I take a very sharp fillet knife and cut the ribs off. Check out this post
    I tried smoking them whole once and was not happy with the results. Doing fillets and removing the ribs only leaves the small pin bones running laterally along the fillet. I have always used a liquid brine and had great results. One word of advise find a brine recipe and mix your own I have used store bought brine packets twice and both of them were to dang salty.
    Good Luck and let us know how they turn out,.

  6. No ... leave them whole ... stuff cavity with onion and lemons .... then wrap in bacon ... I don't even brine mine ... WOW, some of the best smoking you'll ever do!!!!

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