Tips on Smoking Mackerel

Discussion in 'Fish' started by twothphry, Mar 13, 2012.

  1.   Whyen my neighbor heard I had a smoker he was delighted.He loves smoked mackerel and couldn't find any in all of Los Vegas. He had resorted to importing them from the Midwest. We found an Asia fish market that sells fresh mackerel and now we want to smoke up a stash of fish.

      I have smoked salmon but never any other kind of fish. I need a little help and advice on smoking mackerel. What brine should I use and what technique of smoking is best for mackerel? I'm assuming I'll hot smoke them but what temperature and wood?
  2. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK mackerel are the same all over the world the little blue guys. After a couple of turns at them I can tell what I  learnt. Leave them whole,well cleaned sure but dont fillet. My brine is basic.Salt ,brown sugar water,dried orange peel 1 or 2 oranges chopped ,coriander seed bay leaf THEN  beer.So if I make 4litres I add 1 litre beer.

    Next dont brine them too long ,maybe 2 hours .Critically take them out & hang them up for an hour to drain.Then on racks in fridge overnight to form pellicle. 

    I tie mine in pairs by the tail & hang them head down in MES,found this a better option all round.

    I smoke mine for an hour at 70c over hickory + I put the amzps in the MES at same time for extra smoke. I check them at 1 hour,if the juices are running down in drip tray I bump them to 80c check them after 30 mins.If they look done(eyes white) they are.If the heads come off they are overdone. Get them out to cool dont leave them in MES they keep cooking & go mushy.

    I posted a thread on this which I am sure you can find quick enough & an old African recipe for smoked mackeral & black eyed peas if that works for you. Good luck.
  3. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thread was 28th Jan this year,its got pictures.There was also a great addition to it by a member that cold smokes them as well.

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