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smoked trout

Iam interested in smoking trout as I have purchased in stores. I have smoked trout at 300 degrees for 45 minutes and it has been great. However, I would like it to be drier as they sell it more like jerky. Suggestions?[p]Thanks, keith.

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  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    keith,[p]I don't rightly know how to get that drier texture you're after. Mostly I smoke trout and salmon over a water pan, indirect, wanting smokiness as well as tender flakiness. Seems to me if you used a very small fire, and worked direct at as low a temperature as possible, you might accomplish your aim.[p]Ken
  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    Isn't that dryness created by curing and cold smoking (<200°) for a long period, Ken?[p]Jim
  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    Jim,[p]It's "jerky" that has me concerned. I'm used to curing a week or so, and steady smoke for 4 to 6 hours at about 150°, but even then I end up with something closer to lox than to jerky. Definitely something you can't eat by hand.[p]I'm not a jerky maker so this is "top of my head" stuff. Wonder what would happen if I took my "finished fish" and subjected it to some time in the dehydrator - might work.[p](Tell you what though, if I had me some trout, I'd smear the cavities with apple jelly, put a sprig of rosemary and a sprig of mint in each, and smoke 'em over apple around 225° just till the meat got flakey. After I moved and didn't tell you where. LOL)[p]Ken[p]
  • ChuckChuck Posts: 812
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    <p />keith,[p]I think I know what you are after. The photo is some finished product and the link is the recipe. Almost the same recipe and some great advice on smoking fish can be found at www.3men.com. Good luck, smoked trout is awesome.[p]Chuck

    [ul][li]Smoked Trout[/ul]
  • QBabeQBabe Posts: 2,275
    BlueSmoke,[p]When we were in Colorado camping, one of the guys who liked to fish went down to the little ponds that were everywhere and did some fishing every day...we had trout for breakfast most every morning...Mmmmm! At the time, it was pan-fried with flour and cornmeal, but next time, I'm thinking we find a BGE dealer there and pick up a mini and then we could egg that trout properly and when the trip was over ship the mini home with the camping gear....![p]Tonia
    :~)

  • Steve-OSteve-O Posts: 302
    keith,
    I smoke trout frequently and love the flavor off our eggs. I usually go with 250° for an hour and use plenty of alder wood. For a drier texture, try skinning the fish before putting on the smoker. And as has been suggested, you could lower the temp to around 200° and go for a longer cook time. I have never found a need to use a water pan with trout - I smoke mine direct.

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