Don's Smoked Salmon

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“Multipurpose method of marinating salmon for the smoker. I particularly like it with fresh sockeye which we are lucky enough to be able to catch out of the Fraser River near our home.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Catch, clean and filet salmon (river or supermarket).
  2. Leave skin on one side of filets.
  3. Wash filets in cold water and lay out on a large plastic tray (no metal), red side up!
  4. Ensure tray is at least as deep as salmon filets.
  5. Sprinkle garlic salt evenly over all filets.
  6. Generously coat meat side of each filet with rock salt.
  7. Layer sugar evenly over rock salt.
  8. Leave stand covered in refrigerator overnight (at least 8 hours).
  9. Check every 2 or 3 hours and drain excess liquid.
  10. (The liquid magically appears as the rock salt draws the liquid out, and sucks the sugar into the meat).
  11. Remove filets from tray, rinse under cold water and place evenly on smoking racks, skin side down.
  12. Allow 20 minutes to dry.
  13. Use electric"cold smoker" (Little Chief), with apple and hickory wood chips.
  14. Place racks in smoker and close.
  15. I have an old blanket that is wrapped around smoker if it is too cold outside (less than 50 degrees farenheit).
  16. Remove ashes and add new wood chips about every 2 hours.
  17. Smoke for 6 to 9 hours, depending on the thickness of filets.
  18. Salmon should be a lovely dark orange color and will be flaky when you poke and twist with a fork.

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