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Offline Wing426

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Smoking salmon
« on: April 22, 2007, 03:17:18 PM »
Does anyone have a good dry brine recipe for salmon. I tried one that was 2 part brown sugar and 1 part canning salt with some garlic and it turned out too salty. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Smoking salmon
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007, 06:03:02 PM »
Welcome to the forum Wing426!  I am not much help with the salmon thing but there are experts on here that I am sure will respond.  You can also check the recipe site.  Just click on the link below.
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Offline tsquared

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Re: Smoking salmon
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2007, 07:07:32 PM »
Here is the recipe I use which I post once in awhile.

The following recipe is one I have used many times with great success. It comes from an excellent book called "Smoking Salmon and Trout" by Jack Whelan, published by Aerie Press here in British Columbia.(I think Jack is on his second edition which has been updated.) He calls it Scotch smoked salmon, although being a wise man he applies the scotch internally and uses rum as part of the curing process! Dry salt your salmon, injecting brine into very thick pieces. Lay the salmon on 1/2 inch of coarse salt. Times for dry salting vary according to the fattiness of your salmon and thickness.If your fillets are quite thick, score the skin diagonally across the fillet to let the salt in. Put very little salt on the tail of the fillet(I don't even smoke tails anymore, as it is tricky not to oversalt them.)Make sure you drain your fillet during this process.
1.Salt a 1 in. fillet of a fatty fish 12 hours and lean (chum) 7 hours. Fillet should spring back when pressed with your finger if it is done enough.
2. Rinse your fillet off, and dry for 6 hours. I do this by putting it uncovered in my beer fridge.
3. Rub it with vegetable oil and then back in the fridge for 6 hours.
4. Rub off oil with a rum soaked cloth. (Scotch may be applied internally at any time during this process.)
5. Cover the fillet with brown sugar just as you did with the dry salt, then back in the fridge for 6 hours.
6. Wipe off the oil again with a rum soaked cloth and salmon is ready to smoke.
Smoking
1.Smoke the fish AT NO MORE THAN 85f for between 2-4 hours depending on your smoker, how much smoke taste you like, and whether your smoker is forced air or not. Beware the temp rise and look at the thread that talks about putting the smoke generator in a remote firebox to keep the temp down.
2. Continue to dry fish for several more hours until the fish is firm enough for slicing. (Use the Mark 1 finger to test this)
3. Give the fish a polish by bringing the temp up to 100 F for 15 minutes. This has the effect of bringing some oil to the surface, giving it an attractive look.
4. Let fish cool, unwrapped in the fridge for several hours.
5. Enjoy!
In his book, Jack has much more detail than I give here. I can attest that I have used this recipe again and again with superb results.You can play around with different spices like fresh dill or juniper berries or diffent booze. The key is getting the fish to a good firmness for slicing. I know at first glance this recipe seems complicated but most of these steps take 2 minutes and then you stick the salmon back in the fridge and forget about it.  I modified the Bradley by using an old Little Chief smoker as a remote smoke chamber and hooked it up using dryer hose to the Bradley.Cut a hole in the side of the Little Chief and slid the Bradley smoke generator into it. Works great, and the temp in the Bradley is only 5 degrees over the ambient.Some people have successfully used a heavy cardboard box to achieve the same thing. I tried Spyguy's recipe (brine) a few times but have gone back to this one as I can control the cure more and I get a slightly drier product which i prefer. Your problem with your product being too salty is just a matter of fine tuning. Be stingy with the salt and leave it in longer if it still feels mushy when using the finger test.
PS- I went down and hauled the boat out of the marina today to power wash the bottom and get some engine maintenance done--got my salmon juices flowing. Hope it's a good season.
 Tom

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Re: Smoking salmon
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2007, 09:22:32 PM »
Does anyone have a good dry brine recipe for salmon. I tried one that was 2 part brown sugar and 1 part canning salt with some garlic and it turned out too salty. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Wing,
I would suggest rinsing and soaking your salmon to remove more of the salt.  If necessary, a 30 minute soak to two may be necessary.  You can slice of a little piece and cook it by itself (quick little fry on the stove) to see if the salt content is to your liking.   
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Re: Smoking salmon
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2007, 09:57:38 PM »
Welcome aboard Wing. :)....Gizmo , that's how I go about alot of projects. With every batch of sausage
some goes in the frying pan before it hits the stuffer.Sometimes it needs something and sometimes it
needs less. when that's the case , add a little more meat....if the fish is to salty...time for another soak.
BTW , It's after midnight here on the eastern end , I cant believe you haven't shown me a picture of
something to make me raid the fridge. :D ;D ::)

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Re: Smoking salmon
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2007, 07:45:28 PM »
Sorry Coyote.
Just got back from a dismal trip to Nashville so haven't had time to fire anything up yet.  Have 5 lbs of belly ready for a soaking and air drying then a smoke for some "BACON".  "BACON" to be read like the commercial where the dog is screaming the work as his flavoring in his snack food. 
PS, since I couldn't show you the picture, I thought I'd try to visualy describe the word.  LOL
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Re: Smoking salmon
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2007, 07:46:59 PM »
And you did a helluva job my friend. :)
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