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Nice Day to Cold Smoke 10lbs of Salmon!

Time to replenish my dwindling supply of Mailbox Lox!  My outdoor kitchen/patio/Covid-19 project is almost done and we may get a tight finish at The Masters — can’t ask for much more on this April SundayFunday. Thx for looking and have a great day all!

 







It's a 302 thing . . .

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 21,030
    I love the repurposed mailbox for this.  It makes a lot of sense to me.

    How long do you smoke them for, typically?  
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  • WoodersonWooderson Posts: 223
    Watching this thread for future reference
  • GIG_SmokerGIG_Smoker Posts: 16
    Interesting way to cold smoke.  May be trying this in the future. 
  • HendersonTRKingHendersonTRKing Posts: 1,761
    Interesting way to cold smoke.  May be trying this in the future. 
    Why use something simple and convenient when you can over-engineer a home-brewed solution to a problem that may or not exist outside your own imagination?
    It's a 302 thing . . .
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,351
    That is a cook of beauty with great results, at least the last time.  Always enjoyable when you roll this process out.  Congrats.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 3,328
    That is awesome!
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  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 392
    My question is when you reinstall the mailbox does your mail smell like fish afterwards?
  • HendersonTRKingHendersonTRKing Posts: 1,761
    lousubcap said:
    That is a cook of beauty with great results, at least the last time.  Always enjoyable when you roll this process out.  Congrats.  
    I’m kind of a one trick pony these days, as I’ve temporarily cut out the good stuff as “study” for a medical test in a few weeks. No red meat, no chx, no pork, limited salt.  That means lots of seafood on the menu here in The 302. And veggies. And beans. So. Many. Beans. 

    After the cold smoking, I cranked up the fire to plank some sides of Alaskan-sourced line caught that I had marinated in TJ’s (vegan) pesto. Unfortunately, the fillets were pretty thin and I ended up hammering them til they were way over cooked, but it should work just fine for salmon salad. I think. 


    It's a 302 thing . . .
  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 1,031
    Always enjoy your "Mailbox" posts, that setup is just plain cool and looks to deliver good food.  Thanks for sharing.

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,666
    So much awesome! 

    I've made lox a couple of times, and we love it. Yet to try smoking it. 

    Could you share your cure/process ?

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  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 4,961
    so wide is that bad boy mailbox?
    very interesting smoke!
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  • HendersonTRKingHendersonTRKing Posts: 1,761
    caliking said:
    So much awesome! 

    I've made lox a couple of times, and we love it. Yet to try smoking it. 

    Could you share your cure/process ?
    Here's a link to how I built the thing from easily-findable parts at my local hardware store:

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1199408/homemade-bge-cold-smoker-unit-in-the-style-of-macgyver#latest

    The cure comes straight from Ruhlman's book, scaled up for the weight of the salmon.  Over time and on occasion, I've mixed in a few things -- some dill or some TJ's everything bagel seasoning.  Curing is 18-24 hours, fridge sit to form a pellicle is another 12-24 hours and smoking is 3-4 hours, depending.  Then a week in butcher paper to "gas off."  Not difficult, but lots of steps.  Well worth it if you like lox!
    It's a 302 thing . . .
  • YnoYno Posts: 398
    I hate to be a Debbie downer, but has anyone ever read Meathead Goldwyn's article on cold smoking on AmazingRibs.com? Pretty much turned me off to cold smoking salmon and sausage. I will still do cheese, but that is about it.
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  • Yno said:
    I hate to be a Debbie downer, but has anyone ever read Meathead Goldwyn's article on cold smoking on AmazingRibs.com? Pretty much turned me off to cold smoking salmon and sausage. I will still do cheese, but that is about it.
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,666
    Gracias! 

    Ruhlman has a heavy hand with the salt, sometimes. Have you had to adjust it? 

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  • TheToastTheToast Posts: 357
    Amazing. Was trying to work out what the smoker was before realising it’s a Mail box
  • HendersonTRKingHendersonTRKing Posts: 1,761
    caliking said:
    Gracias! 

    Ruhlman has a heavy hand with the salt, sometimes. Have you had to adjust it? 
    Agree about Ruhlman and salt — for this recipe, I rinse and soak the cured fillets much longer than he suggests. Lox can be pretty salty at baseline and I’ve found the extra time rinsing and soaking helps. Pat dry and expect some extra time in the fridge to form the pellicle. 
    It's a 302 thing . . .
  • BotchBotch Posts: 11,821
    I hope you smoked with "post" oak.

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  • HendersonTRKingHendersonTRKing Posts: 1,761
    Yno said:
    I hate to be a Debbie downer, but has anyone ever read Meathead Goldwyn's article on cold smoking on AmazingRibs.com? Pretty much turned me off to cold smoking salmon and sausage. I will still do cheese, but that is about it.
    Read it multiple times before embarking on the project (and bacon, which I also cold smoke in the mailbox). No question — he says a home smoker shouldn’t even attempt it. And, because he’s so clear, one ever will collect damages from him as a consequence of screwing up his recipe and getting people sick (or worse). I’m very careful, but I’d be lying if I said reading his take on it didn’t give me pause. So far so good tho!
    It's a 302 thing . . .
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,169
    edited April 15
    eff meathead's paranoid take on it.  People have been cold smoking fish for millennia.  Drying meat by putting it on tree branches. 

    I read that a long time ago.  I concur that you need to be well informed and probably eat some of whatever you do and wait a few days before you share it if you're worried.
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