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Simple Salmon Brine
submitted by: FishSniffer Reader Mark Reynolds, Kelso, WA


Here's a simple brine and you can actually taste the fish!

Use a large container made of plastic (a pickle bucket works great for this). Pour in 2 gallons of cold water. Mix in remaining ingredients.

  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1.5 cups of table or kosher salt (not iodized!)
  • 2 tbsp. Cracked black pepper
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 cups pineapple juice or 1 cup crushed pineapple

This recipe is for 2 medium size salmon or 1 large salmon, filleted and cut in chunks. Add to brine

Refrigerate for 8 hours, rinse in cold water, lay single layer skin side down of pieces of fillet on grate. Air dry for 3 hours in cool air until pellicle forms outside of meat (gets a glaze on the meat). Put in smoker for 12 to 18 hours depending on thickness of meat. I use any of the following: alder, cherry, apple. If using little chief, fill pan every hour for first 4 hours of smoking.

Check for desired doneness. Enjoy!

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