Halibut Belly

Discussion in 'Fish' started by jetman, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. jetman

    jetman Smoke Blower

    Last Saturday was spent fishing for Halibut out of Newport Oregon on a buddies home designed and built wood boat. Weather was 99.9% perfect, calm seas, little wind and plenty of sunshine. Four of us on board, three fish in the hold after 12+ hours dragging 32 oz of lead and a variety of bait. Largest was a 55", 80 pounder. Took three of us to muscle it over the gunwales, after a .22 cal "aspirin" to calm him down.

    Our ride for the day, 22' wooden Dory with a roomy cabin, all trimmed in Mahogany.

    Picture is deceiving, I stand 6' tall, fish is 55" and maybe 8" thick! I did not hook it, but helped get her over the side.

    Never had tried smoking Halibut due to how lean it is The bellies are quite fatty and out of this fish, 3/4" thick. Most guys throw the bellies away after filleting.  12" architect measure top of pic to give a better idea as to their size.

    Rubbed in a simple fish rub

    Gallon ziplock bag for a couple days. Will post updates as things progress.

    Last edited: Jun 24, 2013
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good Jetman! Will be interesting to see how they turn out. Did you pick up some Discs on your way home???
  3. jetman

    jetman Smoke Blower

    I'm thinking they will be wonderful, can't be all bad, Halibut & Smoke! No (discada) discs yet, still recovering from a missed nights sleep (work till 1am, head for fishing 2am) and the very busy 12 hour shifts last week. I will be picking up some discs soon!!
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man, that's gotta be good ,[​IMG] I'm in for the finish...[​IMG]
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds good ! When you do pick me up one too, I'm in for a discada weldabout! Parts for the CasaQ and my 55 gallon drum are going to be ready Wednesday!
  6. jetman

    jetman Smoke Blower

    Smoking day is here! Rinsed and let dry overnight in the fridge. Tried to pull of the silver skin but meat is so tender, I was doing was tearing the meat.

    After a night in the cooler, pelicle nicely formed.

    Added Black pepper to right piece.

    After 2-1/2 hours in the FCS with Apple wood she's finished. I much prefer to eat smoked fish cold but the strip I tried was...........[​IMG] No more tossing the Halibut without taking the belly portion !!


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