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Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« on: November 06, 2019, 03:25:54 PM »
I’m getting ready to do a big batch of smoked salmon this weekend. I want to try something different, thinking a sugar or brown sugar based brine. I want a sweeter salmon is the goal. Thinking maybe brown sugar, maple syrup, a little garlic, chipotle, and maybe some soy sauce for color and salt? Anyone have something they think fits the bill? I’d even try a dry brine if it sounded right.

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 03:26:50 PM »
Brush some honey on there about an hour before you pull the fish from the smoker  :tup:

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 03:30:02 PM »
3 to 1, brown sugar to kosher salt. Dry brine,  cover it for 5 to 24 hours.

Smoke

Near the end...light brush with high quality maple syrup.

Little more time,  take it out.

Salmon candy.

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2019, 03:31:21 PM »
Have you found a longer brine time makes it significantly stronger flavor?
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Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2019, 08:01:04 AM »
heres a brine i just did the other day
2 quarts ice cold water
1 cup Kosher salt
4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lemon juice
tbsp. garlic powder
tbsp. onion powder
tbsp. black pepper
1 cup of pure maple syrup

most of below was summer kings, but found some pink fillets in there too.
brine overnight, pull out and rinse all of the brine off and set it out with a fan LIGHTLY blowing on the salmon for a few hours to form the pellicle.  then smoke to your desired doneness.
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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2019, 08:55:47 AM »
heres a brine i just did the other day
2 quarts ice cold water
1 cup Kosher salt
4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lemon juice
tbsp. garlic powder
tbsp. onion powder
tbsp. black pepper
1 cup of pure maple syrup

most of below was summer kings, but found some pink fillets in there too.
brine overnight, pull out and rinse all of the brine off and set it out with a fan LIGHTLY blowing on the salmon for a few hours to form the pellicle.  then smoke to your desired doneness.


Looks good. Thanks for the input everyone.
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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2019, 09:01:18 AM »
Are those jalapenos ? hmm?

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 09:06:40 AM »
I simply do layers of brown sugar and rock salt only, for probably 24 hours (maybe 48 if its thicker).  The brown sugar will liquefy and turn into kind of a brown syrup.  If you use big kernel rock salt, then you need more than you think.  I layer slabs in a disposable turkey pan and can usually get about 4 layers of salmon in each one.

Smoke 2 pans of chips (bout 2 hours with chips replaced in the middle), then let dehydrate a few more hours (2-3) and voila, pretty awesome stuff.

You don't need to get fancy with other ingredients, sugar, salt and smoke does a pretty darn good job.

To each their own though.  It makes a recipe seem more unique when you put more stuff in, I'm just skeptical that the average person can taste it.   :twocents:

I do think its a bit like sharpening a knife.  Dad says if you get lost in the woods, sit down and sharpen your knife.  Someone will come show you how to do it and you'll be saved.

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2019, 09:16:22 AM »
3 to 1, brown sugar to kosher salt. Dry brine,  cover it for 5 to 24 hours.

Smoke

Near the end...light brush with high quality maple syrup.

Little more time,  take it out.

Salmon candy.

I do this except 4 to 1 maple brown sugar to non-iodine salt ratio. Haven't tried syrup near the end, but it still comes out like salmon candy!

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2019, 09:41:35 AM »
heres a brine i just did the other day
2 quarts ice cold water
1 cup Kosher salt
4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lemon juice
tbsp. garlic powder
tbsp. onion powder
tbsp. black pepper
1 cup of pure maple syrup

most of below was summer kings, but found some pink fillets in there too.
brine overnight, pull out and rinse all of the brine off and set it out with a fan LIGHTLY blowing on the salmon for a few hours to form the pellicle.  then smoke to your desired doneness.


Which smoker do you use?

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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2019, 12:31:19 PM »
I do think its a bit like sharpening a knife.  Dad says if you get lost in the woods, sit down and sharpen your knife.  Someone will come show you how to do it and you'll be saved.

I like that  :chuckle:
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Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2019, 12:47:39 PM »
I use a traeger and run it on smoke setting for 3 ish hours. Then bump it to 180 to finish off. Also yes. Those are jalapeños that I put on from the beginning. You get a hint of spice but they’re not really Spicey at all. I love jalapeños though. Give it a try


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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2019, 01:04:34 PM »
I use a traeger and run it on smoke setting for 3 ish hours. Then bump it to 180 to finish off. Also yes. Those are jalapeños that I put on from the beginning. You get a hint of spice but they’re not really Spicey at all. I love jalapeños though. Give it a try


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Another guy I know does the same thing with the jalapenos, I'm going to give it a shot.
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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2019, 07:59:01 PM »
3 cups dark brown sugar, one cup non iodized salt, 10 teaspoons garlic powder.  Layer fish skin side down with liberal amounts of brine for 12 or more hours.  Rinse fish and let air dry, then smoke at 140-150 with alder until done.
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Re: Sugar based smoked salmon brine
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2019, 08:38:07 PM »
This is basically what I did, minus the garlic powder, and added jalapeno slices to the fish in the smoker. Turned out fantastic. Very happy with it all. Particularly pleased with the jalapeno pieces. Just a hint of heat in the meat. Delicious.
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