Sweetening Salmon jerky

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by cmayna, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All my friends and fellow anglers love my current Salmon jerky recipe and will stone me if I dare change it.  But I love experimenting. So this weekend, I'll be doing more and want to experiment on a few select pieces by applying some diluted Maple syrup, honey or heated brown sugar after it comes out of the dry brine (brown sugar, salt, garlic).  So when should I brush or spritz it on?  Keep in mind that I typically air dry for a couple hours, smoke for 2 hours and then dehydrate for 4+ hours.   I'm thinking during the drying process?
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like to apply it after the pellicle has formed, but before I smoke. The heat during the smoking stage lets the sugars carmelized and meld together with the fish.
     
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Case,

    That's what I do currently with some of my Salmon filets. Before going into the Big Chief, diluted honey brushed on followed with a tiny amount of coarse black pepper. What would be best for a sweetener ?  Maybe I'll try both honey and maple syrup on a few separate select pieces.

    Oh joy, it's experimenting time.
     
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wish I was there, I would gladly help tote out all the old used experiments for disposal......
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Water will partially dissolve the pellicle that has formed...   Sugars and honey are hygroscopic and draw moisture from the air...   Just something you should look out for....  

    Dave

    Hygroscopic  substances include cellulose fibers such as cotton and paper, sugar, caramel, honey, glycerol, ethanol, methanol, diesel fuel, sulfuric acid, ...
     
  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So Dave,

    What would you recommend?  What I was thinking to do is to apply the sweetener just to the top side of each piece.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, that's what I'd do....   Just wanted you to know what to expect...    Dave
     

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