Friday, May 16, 2014
Smoked Salmon on the Gas Grill
My hubby recently got a brand spankin new gas grill for his 30th anniversary with the Walgreen company. This last week he found a smoker box on clearance. Right away we knew our first thing to make would be smoked salmon. We love this brand of salmon that comes whole from Woodman's grocery store. It's really inexpensive at under $7.00. A whole smoked fish can sometimes run upwards of $30.00. You can smoke this whole fish for under $9.00. Most of the ingredients you probably have on hand such as brown sugar and sea salt. Here's how we did it. You can also play around with the seasonings to make Cajun spiced or Jamaican Jerk smoked fish.
Note: The longer you let the salt and sugar sit on the fish, the more salty it will be. I don't recommend going longer than 8 hours. For your grill you will need a metal baking pan or just buy a throw away one at the dollar store.
The salt will draw all of the moisture out of the fish and with the brown sugar will give you the delicious flavor of smoked salmon.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sea salt
1 TBSP pepper
Mix all the ingredients together. Spread this all over both sides of the salmon. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for 4 hours til overnight. Next rinse the fish completely to remove all of the salt. Otherwise your fish will be very salty.
Prepare 1 cup of wood chips by soaking them in water. Remove the water and place in the smoking box of our grill or make a tin foil pack with some holes poked on top. Turn only one half of the grill on. Place a foil pan on the side without the heat with about 1/2 inch water in it. On top of the grate, place the salmon and close the grill for 20 minutes. No peeking! The fish should be smoked in 20 minutes. It will flake with a fork when done. Stick in the fridge to cool and enjoy!