tips for smoking catfish and crappie?

Discussion in 'Fish' started by donny11, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. I am looking for a Lil help with smoking some catfish and crappie. Like how long ,temp for smoker and internal for fish. Also what would should I use? I have pecan already. Thanks guys/gals!
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pecan will be fine for the smoke.  I do hot smoked catfish at 250-300° until the fish flakes easily.  For catfish, you may be OK with it on the grates, but I highly recommend that you use a fish basket for the catfish and DEFINITELY for the crappie.  Both will easily fall to pieces if you aren't careful.

    Another way I've done it with out the baskets is to make a small tray out of heavy aluminum foil.  Lay the fillet into the tray, add some seasonings and maybe a pat of butter to the tray and then smoke.

    As a "rub" for the fish, I always slather them with a thin layer of EVOO or spray with Pam, and then add my seasoning of choice.  Wife likes it with lemon pepper, I like it with Tony's.
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  3. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    Donny, I don't know if I will be any help since I just smoked fish for the first time.  I also used a curing brine for almost a day.  Then I pulled the fish out and rinsed it off and set it on the smoker grate to dry out a bit.  then placed it in my MES with the AMNPS full of apple pellets and smoked at 100* for about an hour then kicked it up to 130* another hour to two  and finally up to 165* until it looked mostly dry.

      It was yummy!  O'h, and it was catfish and redfish.
  4. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

    Donny, I can't be of any help as I have never smoked fish.

    But....I would be very interested to hear / see how the crappie turns out.

    We fish them quite often.

    Good luck!
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