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Excellent BRADLEY Smoked Alaskan Salmon

Excellent BRADLEY Smoked Alaskan Salmon
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(A Spin-off from Bob Kitchen’s Incredible Recipe)
Ingredients
  • Step 1: PREPARE FISH
  • Filet salmon. Leave skin on. REMOVE ALL BONES (Very important for excellence!)
  • Step 2: UNIFORM STRIPS
  • Cut meat into uniform strips, ⅜ to ½” wide and 3-6” long, OR as long as your smoker racks can handle......the key here is to get uniform thickness cuts for uniform brining and smoking. The length is important only as far as your own packaging preferences. The strips will have a tendency to fall or sag through the larger grid racks.........I've switched to a small grid (1/2") teflon coated rack from WWW.ChezBubba.com and now have no problem with meat falling through
  • Step 3: BRINING
  • Soak in your own brine recipe for 12 hours at refrigerator temps (I use an Igloo type ice chest with about a gallon of ice thrown in). For more complete brining throughout, place a stainless steel or wooden grate over the top of the meat to hold it under the brine. Stir fish a few times during the brining process. The following brine recipe is included to get you started, but you are encouraged to experiment with your own salt/sugar, maple, honey, peppers, seasonings to develop your own.
  • (My apologies to our metricated friends)
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 quart teriyaki OR soy sauce
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 Lbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Step 4: GLAZING
  2. Place fish in a single layer on drying racks and ensure that the pieces DON’T touch each other. Dry in a cool, shady place until a hard pellicle forms. Fish will have a tough, shiny coat and will be slightly tacky to the touch. (Winter time tip! Dry 12-36 hours in a cold place such as an unheated garage, but DON’T allow to freeze) In the summer temps, it can typically take 3-4 hours for the fish to “glaze”. A fan can help speed the drying process. DON’T let the fish spoil from warm temps! Turn the fish over 2-3 times during the Glazing process to ensure more complete glazing. It is during the glazing process that you can sprinkle on certain spices (e.g. cayenne pepper) and/or visual enhancers (e.g. parsley flakes).
  3. Step 5: SMOKING
  4. Smoke using the following Bradley Smoking guideline:
  5. °-120°F for 1-2 hours, then increase to
  6. ° for 2-4 hours, then increase to
  7. ° for 1-2 hours to finishUse the longer times given for thicker/higher oil content fish.
  8. As a general rule, the higher temp you use or the longer you hot smoke, the more the meat cooks the oils out, HOWEVER, the meat becomes dryer/tougher in the process. I've "accidently" left meat (silver salmon) at the 140-150°F range for up to 8 hours and it still turned out great. I personally believe that you'd have to try REAL hard to make a batch of smoke salmon unpalatable by over smoking/cooking. If you get white “boogers” on the meat, you’re cooking too high/too fast.
  9. EAT & ENJOY!

 

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