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Dry Brine-Salmoniods

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 large salmon fillets or sides, pin bones removed




Directions: In a bowl, mix together salt, sugar, brown sugar and peppercorns. Spread extra-wide aluminum foil a little longer than the length of the fish and top with an equally long layer of plastic wrap. Sprinkle 1/3 of the rub onto the plastic. Lay 1 side of the fish skin down onto the rub. Sprinkle 1/3 of the rub onto the flesh of the salmon. Place second side of salmon, flesh down onto the first side. Use the remaining rub to cover the skin on the top piece. Fold plastic over to cover then close edges of foil together and crimp tightly around the fish.

Place wrapped fish onto a plank or sheet pan and top with another plank or pan. Weigh with a heavy phone book or a brick or two and refrigerate for 12 hours. Flip the fish over and refrigerate another 12 hours. Some juice will leak out during the process so make sure there's a place for the runoff to gather.

Unwrap fish and rinse off the cure with cold water. Place in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) until the surface of the fish is dry and matte-like, 1 to 3 hours depending on humidity. A fan may be used to speed the process.

Smoke fish over smoldering hardwood chips or sawdust (I prefer applewood, about 75% of the chips, the remaining mesquite, sometimes sub out the mesquite for cherrywood), keeping the temperature inside the smoker between 150 degrees F and 160 degrees F until the thickest part of the fish registers 150 degrees. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature, wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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Doc Flathead
06/13/2017 16:39:57
Kinda scary being a country boy in the concrete jungle. But not too much different than downtown Rochester I bet...

heidi
06/13/2017 03:53:48
Thanks Doc - trumped by the spadeface again, but helped a friend land their first carp - 30 inch-ish nice fish. I got a drum - better than skunks!

DT
06/12/2017 12:46:52
Fishing in the metro area....quite the experience. Sky scrapers and bottom rigged crawlers. And tug boat carp!

Doc Flathead
06/09/2017 11:50:28
Yeah warm temps are great for shovels. And the watr is finally low enough. Bet it be muddy on the MN for a while...

heidi
06/08/2017 08:53:30
...I don't have much free time or opportunity to fish, and I'm still learning, so thanks for understanding and for any angling advice

heidi
06/08/2017 07:13:48
Thanks, Aaron, wasn't planning on avoiding the warm weather - I like it. I was wondering if/how hot humid weather affects the bite?

Outdoors4life
06/07/2017 14:47:48
Always a better chance when you go. Can't catch them while in the air conditioning.

heidi
06/07/2017 05:51:07
Hot steamy weather = hot or cold bite? Finally got a little time set aside for a try at a spadeface this weekend but wondering if the tropical heat will quash the bite?

Doc Flathead
05/22/2017 09:04:15
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DT
05/22/2017 01:38:44
The 12th will be interesting anyway....

Doc Flathead
05/21/2017 16:31:41
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Outdoors4life
05/21/2017 12:37:48
I was in Taylors falls today and I would not even try to fish it. It is killer level there.

DT
05/21/2017 02:00:29
Stupid high and debris clogged chocolate milk.

Doc Flathead
05/20/2017 11:37:48
Hows the Zumbro looking after all this rain?

Doc Flathead
05/10/2017 13:39:21
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