Newbie here, want to smoke salmon!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by huskykma, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. huskykma

    huskykma Newbie

    Hi there. I'm new to this smoking foods thing. I want to finally start smoking some of this salmon we've been catching. Obviously I will probably be smoking other foods down the road, but for now I want to do some salmon!

    I've pretty much decided on the Masterbuilt 40" w/ window Model #20070512, but have some other questions:
    • How well does the MES produce smoke at the lower temps needed for smoking fish?
    • Do I need the Masterbuilt Cold Smoking Kit or the AMNPS? Seems the AMNPS is highly regarded here.
    • Do I need mesh fish mats for smoking salmon?
    • How is the temp control on the MES? If I set it for 140°F, is it going to be 140°F in there? Or do I need an external thermometer? If so, what one is recommended?
    • Is there anything else I need, or need to know?
  2. I will be watching this thread.  I just got the MES 30 with the window, and we are waiting for the fish to arrive in the river.  I have done ribs, and a pork roast with good results.
  3. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I own the MES 30 digital Gen 1 without the window. I've only smoked salmon once in it but it turned out pretty well.

    I'm one of the guys who loves the AMNPS. You just need to learn a couple of steps to light it correctly and after you do it will stay lit and producing smoke for about 6 hours, give or take.

    This is my third try at writing this so I'm going to keep it short. There's a Fish forum which will answer your questions about smoking salmon and I suggest you post this question there.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014

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