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Over the weekend, I smoked salmon for the second time. I'm not a real fan of salmon, but my wife loves it and she thought last night's most recent BGE product was heaven!
I'll take the compliments where I can get 'em, but the truth is that I was just damned lucky that it turned out well. The recipe that I have for smoking salmon calls for a dome temp of 150 to 160. The first time I tried this, I figured that since I have a CyberQ WiFi, it should be no big deal to maintain this temp.
I knew that I needed to get the fire established before settling down to 150 indirect, so I let it burn for a while before putting the plate setter on, closing the dome, and dropping the temp down. The dome temp had gone to 275, so it took a while to settle into 150. I realized that during this time, the CyberQ knew I wanted 150, so it wouldn't be doing anything and that likely, the fire would go out before the dome temp got to the set temp. So, I tried to ease it down by setting the CyberQ temp at intervals while it dropped. The theory worked, but it took forever.
So, the dome was finally at 150. I threw some Alder wood on the coals, put the salmon on the grid, and was ready to sit and watch it for the next 3 hours... It was cold (probably in the teens), snowing, and windy... And I had to leave to run an errand for about an hour and a half.
But I had the CyberQ WiFi, right? I ran my errand and monitored the cook from my phone. Eventually, I watched the temp plummet. The fan was at 100% output, but the temp was dropping like a rock. I'm guessing a big wind came up and put out the fire, and I was nowhere near home to do anything about it. So, I just thought that this cook was a fail and the salmon would be crap. I gave up on monitoring any further, but when I got home, the CyberQ had continued running and had re-lit the fire! It wasn't the best fish in the world, but it was a good try.
Yesterday's second attempt at a low-temp cook went similarly, but I was home, so when the fire died and I saw that the dome was down to 118, I went out, took the salmon, grid, and plate setter off, and re-lit the fire. After about 4 hours on the pit, this salmon (according to my wife) was absolutely perfect!
Does anyone have any suggestions or tips for reeeeeealllly low and slow like this?