Frozen trout, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Other' started by ryguy, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. ryguy

    ryguy Newbie

    Just got some frozen trout caught a couple months ago locally.  Thought I'd cold smoke them...not sure what to do after that. Anyone have any input?
  2. bustintires

    bustintires Smoke Blower

    crawdad bait
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Crawdad bait...LOL, yea, been awhile since I ate fresh caught trout, roasted over open fire at camp site along a mountain stream...what a week that was...

    Anyway, I searched for salmon HERE, as they are closely related (mainly, just a major size difference).

    Then, there's TROUT

    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  4. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    some like to use a dry method, and then there is a brine method. only reason i go with the brine is you dump all ingreds in a non reactive container and mix and dump the fish pieces in.

    here is a brine recipie from my grandpa...

    smoked fish brine

    2 3/4 cups pickling salt
    10 qts cold water-use good water
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 tbls garlic salt

    soak avg sized pieces 24 hrs in a refrig or other area between 32-40 deg. soak in fresh water 1 hour

    big thick pieces of fish, may require more time and smaller less. once out of brine set on a rack with a fan blowing across fish til outside of fish dry, a coating will form on it called the "pellicle", is now ready for smoker. i also like to rub some brown sugar on the meat.

    so when i smoke mine, i generally keep the temps down til i get the color i am looking for. then i will increase temps a bit, 180-200 and leave in smoker untill the medium thickness areas start to flake. the residual heat will continue cooking the thicker portions and they will be done as well. tail sections or thinner pieces may have to be pulled earlier....
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Whatever you decide, don't forget your camera!
  6. ryguy

    ryguy Newbie

    Thanks guys, I thought no one replied!  I still have the trout in the freezer, now I also have a big salmon tail, and a bunch of haddock fillets.  I'm going to try 'grandpas brine' for the trout.  Thanks again!
  7. big dee

    big dee Smoke Blower

    On trout I use a brine similar to the one erain posted with great success. The only thing that I know makes a big difference is whether the trout is white meat or pink/red. White meat trout are usually farm raised and are not that good for smoking in my opinion.

    My thoughts would be to smoke it and see if you like it.


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