… Candy Smoked Salmon recipe graciously contributed by Matt S (AKA IronNoggin)
Candy Smoked Salmon …
You’re in for a real treat folks! This candy smoked salmon is a very sweet tasting and eye appealing product that’s guaranteed to make you very popular with all your friends! Here’s the goods …….
Start by acquiring any species of salmon that you can get your hands on and cut it into appropriate sizes chunks. Now get your brine ready …….
Candy Smoked Salmon | The Brine:
1 gallon of White Cranberry Juice
1/2 cup Lemon juice
1/4 Cup Vanilla Extract
3 cups Demmerra Sugar
1 cup Coarse Salt
I bag Dry Mustard
Garlic to your taste
Place previously prepared salmon chunks into brine for 24 hours. In the meantime prepare your glaze …….
Candy Smoked Salmon | The Glaze:
1/3 vanilla Extract
1/3 Real maple Syrup
Fast forward 24 hours …….
At this time you can remove the salmon chunks from the brine, rinse them off with fresh water, pat them dry and then place them on racks to dry. You may wish to utilize a fan during this process to help speeds things up.
Once the chunks are dry to the touch, glaze them (a standard squirt bottle works well), let them dry thoroughly, & then repeat the whole process two more times for a total of three glazes.
If this step is done correctly it should take 18 – 24 hours.
* Take your time to make sure you fully complete the triple drying / glazing process as it will make a noticeable difference in the finished product in both taste & appearance! 😀
OK so that’s it for the prep work now all that is left to do is smoke them …….
Candy Smoked Salmon | The Smoking:
Grab a bag of your favourite wood chips (Matt uses a mix of 1/2 Apple & 1/2 Alder) and spark up your smoker.
Smoke on medium heat until almost done and then remove and glaze one final time.
Throw them back in the smoker and finish them off to your preferred level of dryness and voila …….
That’s it folks! A bit more time-consuming than our simple smoked trout recipe but well worth the effort! Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll agree!
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