More Sockeye...12-30... MONEY....

Discussion in 'Fish' started by daveomak, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep....   Skipper brought Bride sockeye from Alaska....  Soooooo, since we been married 28 years today, I'm prepping the fish for New Years 'cause she wants it...    Imagine that...

    This cure / brine is different....   I weighed the fish in at 1400 grams... decided to add 200 grams of water to keep it a little more moist.....  We'll see what happens...   Already about an extra 100 grams has been sucked out of the fish from the salt, sugar and cure etc...    I'm still using my "BATCH" cure where I add 18 grams of mix per pound (450 grams of fish and water)....

    It will come out of the brine in the morning.... I'll rinse and dry it....   form the pellicle on wire racks in front of the fan, prior to the addition of Alder smoke in the dedicated fish smoker...  

    Temps tomorrow supposed to be around 22...  Good thing I've modified this marvelous fish smoking machine with a ~1200 watt element... 

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    Thanks for looking....   BBL...
     
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  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Got the fish rinsed and it's drying to form the pellicle....    Went out to put the Alder Pellets in the smoker to dry and it's  -2 deg. F...   A tad bit brisk this AM.........
     
  3. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Looking good Dave, can you take before and after pics to show pellicle? Not real sure what that is. Thanks
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The pellicle is soluble proteins that you dry to a film on the fish...    It feels tacky but it is dry...    That seals in the moisture and fat, and keeps the fish moist as long as it is pretty much in one piece...  I just started going an extra step by dissolving brown sugar in rum...  try to make it thick... like a heavy, heavy syrup...  spread it on the fish and it seals the meat also....   I like it....  Below is a pic of the fish with the brown sugar glaze...  It has sat in front of the fan also to dry....   The brown sugar film is REALLY thin and adds a subtle flavor to the fish... barely noticeable..

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    From a previous batch of fish...   The natural pellicle....   the fish absorbs smoke MUCH better....

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  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    And I thought 9 was cold! I have two fillets that are going in the smoker tomorrow, it's the season I guess.
     
  6. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    That looks delicious!
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HEY !!!!   The Old Totem Smoker got all the way up to 180 with the big element.....

    Those of us that live East of the Cascades are blessed with cold....  It's time to make some of Kevin's ''coffee adding liqueur"...   picked up a jug of Everclear last week for that specific purpose..
     
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  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another hour or so and this fish should be ready to eat.....  Smoker's cruising at about 175 ish...    Bride wants the fish a little more cooked than the last batch...... Sooooooooo, a little more cooked it will be....    Shooting for ~140 ish...  maybe 145.....

    DONE !!!   Bride said 145 was perfect....  I'm out of trouble now....   for a minute or 2.....


    This stuff is AWESOME!!

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  9. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    DO, Nice looking salmon sir ! I'm  laughing at the old totem smoker, mine still sits idle in the garage and maybe I need the 1220 watt thrown into the old girl .
     
  10. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dave, I'm not a big salmon fan, but I'd try that!

    I picked up a filet today to make cold smoked salmon for the bride and her mother. Gonna get it started later in the cure process.
     
  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You and Dirt will have to thread your fish endeavors....
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you want to smoke in winter, it sure helps...   I tried it with the old element when we moved to the high desert and had to do something...   This works...   I've got a thread on the conversion on here somewhere.... 

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...r-element-for-colder-climates-and-hot-smoking
     
  13. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking salmon Dave...like always.
    Sockeye rocks. Big chief is best for this. I learned that here. And that's not BS.
     
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  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If we keep this up, Big Chief will have a resurgence like the world has never seen.....    HAHAHAHAHAHA.... 
     
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is a work of art. I bow to the artist!

    Point

    Disco
     
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Dave.....  Thanks for lookin' in...   You are a man that knows how to please your southerly neighbor...  I've been lookin' in on your blog frequently...  looks like you have a good following...

    Dave
     
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for looking. I passed 100,000 views this year. Not much in the world of blogging but not bad for an old fat Canadian. Maybe you could do a guest post for me some day.
     
  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Only if I could be in one of your videos.....  Har har har......
     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Can you say Action? I knew you could. Come on up. I'll chill the beer and set up the tripod.
     
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How about a cardboard cut out....   I'm not sure if the current administration has me on some list or not....  
     

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