Steelhead - the 2nd time around

Discussion in 'Fish' started by thebarbequeen, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    The 1st batch was so well-received, I had to do another one quick to make sure it hadn't just been some accident.  I liked the brine I made so I stuck with it.  I did 4 fillets this time instead of 2, hoping for another lucky break. I smoked longer and lower this time, my hubby preferred the taste of the 1st batch that I took up to higher smoke temps. brined about 5 hours


    then onto racks overnight



    love my foodsaver! thanks to mudduck!  A couple pieces stuck and lost their skin; their loss=the dog's gain.


    thanks again, Bear and Bilder for helping me find my salmon way!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They sure look good! Lots of good snacking treats. I would probably be pulling one out everyday!
  3. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks, Al!!  Some found its way into Eric's corn chowder, and we served it at our drybag steak party. It was tasty by itself,  with a dill/caper goat cheese spread on crackers, and also put on top of some devilled eggs - Darn versatile stuff, that salmon!  My hubby eats some almost everyday!
  4. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OMG! It looks really good, but I would have to say this is one of the very few meats that I would not smoke. I would smoke a big ol chinook/king but never a silver red or steelhead....that is just me I guess.
  5. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Sure does look good.
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Perfect from here!

    Your Hubby has good taste, but we knew that already!

  7. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Diggin' The Steelhead!!

  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking fish there!
  9. meatinc

    meatinc Smoke Blower

    The BBQ Grail had a cool recipe for left over salmon - called compressed candied sushi.  Sounds great and if you have some left over salmon, give this a try before the pup eats it all!
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks really good.  Wild salmon on sale this week.  Hmmmm?  Should I break out the AMNS.  Sure I should!

    Good luck and good smoking!
  11. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    X2. They sure wouldnt last long here.............
  12. Look perfect!

    I love steelhead! Caught a my first one 5 years ago on the salmon river in pulaski,ny . To date it has been in the top 3 smoked fish I have done up.

    Thanks for the q-view!
  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great, Wish we had fish like that in Kansas...
  14. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I don't have any steelies, BUT, there's a coho that needs attending.  What temp did you run this time?
  15. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    I took them slowly up from 140 to 180, bumping it every 1-1/2 to 2 hours until 160 then 1 hour @ 170, then to 180 until they hit IT 140.  The first time I bumped faster and took them up to 195 to finish off, with shorter intervals from 160.  They seemed to take on more smoke than this last batch, everybody but the hubby seems not to mind.  Alder, all the way, of course.  Coho. yum.

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