Smoked Salmon Lox

Discussion in 'Fish' started by cmayna, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just ran out of my smoked lox so I did a few more Salmon tails today. 27 hour process of dry brine for 8 hours, wet brine for 8 hours, refresh for 1/2 hour. Fridge dry for 5 hours, room dry for 3 hours then finally cold smoke for 3 hours.

    Dry brine: .....Well it started out dry with dk br sugar and kosher salt. This is 8 hours later

    Coming out of the dry brine, getting rinsed well and heading for a wet bath for another 8 hours

    Wet brine in a bath of water, salt, br sugar, maple syrup, whole black pepper corn, garlic, dry dill

    Into the smoker for 3 hours of cold smoke

    Toot Toot!! My gasser with no heat. AMNTS sittlng underneath the burner with Alder and Apple pellets.

    Finished product resting

     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2015
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty!
     
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Finally was able to download the last two pics of finished product.  Vacuumed up and into the freezer for future treats.
     
  4. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking cold smoked salmon.

    I noticed the slits in the skin...I assume for better brine penetration.

    I have a bunch of sockeye fillets in the freezer waiting for some colder weather. The whole fillets seem smaller than your tails. -:).
     
  5. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, the slits through the skin help big time.   These tails are of King (Chinook) Salmon which is what we fish for right outside San Francisco.  Going again, next week.
     
  6.   Looks my t fine.  What temp were you doing the cold smoke at?
     
  7. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Morning around 60ish degrees.  Had some frozen plastic bottles of water on standby in case the air temp started to climb, but it behaved.
     
  8. Thanks for the tip on the frozen bottles. 
     

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