Sockeye Salmon, a Yardbird, and more. QView Heavy

Discussion in 'Fish' started by thunderdome, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    On Sat I wanted to try brining some salmon, so I found a nice piece of fresh sockeye. While I was there I picked up a $4 chicken as well.

    I found "Bob's brine" by searching the site here. I mixed up some brown sugar, salt, bay leaves, garlic, onion powder, etc w/ some water and simmered for an hour.  I took it off and let it get to room temp, then added ice to the mixture in a tub, then added the salmon, and let sit in fridge for about 4-5 hours.

    Here is the brine for the salmon

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    Here's the specs on the Sockeye

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    After rinsing and drying, i threw it on this soaked cedar plank

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    I used Kirklands Sweet Mesquite seasoning on this one. With a little bit of kosher salt, and some brown sugar to top it all off

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    Set the fish in the fridge for a few, while I spatchcocked a chicken to throw on the smoker with the the fish. I used an herb seasoning with some seasoning salt

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    They both went on the smoker. Using Kingsford comp and apple wood. Ran @ about 250 degrees. Here is the salmon after a short time

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    And here is the bird. I squeezed some parkay over the skin as I put on the smoker.

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    I also had some chicken breast strips cut up and soaking in some spicy BBQ sauce with a little Terryaki mixed in, and about a dozen shrimp in a garlic herb marinade. Fore sides..  some asparagus, bell pepper, and portabello's were cut up and ready. These were all goin on the grill while the smoker was doing it's thing

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    Here's the sockeye after the smoke (took to 140)

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    Here's the bird. Taken to 165. Then to be quartered and thrown on the grill skin side to crisp skin

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    Here's the final plate. The whole chicken was put away for dinner this week, but I did taste test, and it was great

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  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That all looks great !!! Good job !! [​IMG]
     
  3. Wow that looks delicious. Great job on the Salmon - just seeing it is making my mouth water!
     
  4. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Thanks guys. I've got leftovers to work on tonight
     
  5. hhookk

    hhookk Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That looks awesome. Cedar plank salmon is one of my favorite things to make. Everything else looks great too.
     
  6. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    What a meal thats great you did a real job on that !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. Awesome!
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now that is one fine looking plate of food you have there Thunder. Now those leftover are going to be the envy of the job for sure.
     
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    If we still gave out points, I'd give you some for that salmon.  Fine looking presentation.  Being from the Pacific Northwest, I'm sure glad I didn't have to pay what you did for your sockeye.  You did it's memory well.  It's spirit ascended.
     
  10. fantastic pictures. i could almost taste it!
     
  11. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

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    Thanks Guys. I miss the points system too. Can you catch your own or what are you paying per pound?


     
     
  12. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, could catch my own but it's pricey when you consider the boat and gear or a charter and gear.  I picked up some fresh sockeye (just flown in from Alaska) for 8.98/lb a couple weeks ago.  They're pushing Copper River salmon for about 9.98 and up.   The fancy resturants around here bid on what comes in off the plane, then the rest of us can go to the local grocery stores to choose.  Most of the fish processors have a contract with Alaska Airlines for the Copper River run, but believe me, other salmon from other less known rivers taste just as good.
     
     

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