Rum Soaked Hot Smoked Salmon

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Rum Soaked Hot Smoked Salmon

Postby MadCow » 22 Oct 2009, 12:43

Rick's Rum Soaked Old Trout (well it sounded better than Salmon)!!!

When people think of smoked salmon they normally mean the cured and cold smoked variety which is served in most restaurants or sold in supermarkets. This is an alternative, which we believe to be better, and can be simply produced on your smoker with a little forethought. The ingredients for this recipe are not set in stone and can be substituted with something similar, although Rick always believed that this is perfection, so why would you want to mess with it!

To make enough for a good sized starter for 2 people take …

1 x 6oz Fresh Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillet
4 – 6oz Pussers Dark Navy Rum

The Cure
4oz Maple syrup or 6oz light muscovado sugar
2oz Sea Salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Remove the skin from the salmon and pull out any bones. Lay the salmon in a shallow dish (as small as the salmon to save wasting the rum) and pour enough rum to cover. Leave for 15 minutes – do not leave any longer than this as the salmon will be ‘over flavoured’.

Drain the rum (sorry but you have to throw it away … unless you like to drink it fishy) … pat the salmon dry on kitchen towel.

Make the cure by mixing the cure ingredients together and cover both sides of the salmon. Cover and leave to cure, in the fridge, for 4 hours.

Remove salmon from the cure and rinse under cold running water. Pat dry on kitchen towel … this is important as the fish will take the smoke better when dry.

Place on the grill of the smoker and cook at approx 200F (or the ‘smoke’ setting on the Traegar) until the fish turns from translucent to opaque and is cooked - don't overcook it. This will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes (larger / thicker pieces of salmon will take longer).

Remove from smoker and cool quickly. Cover and refrigerate.

To serve cut into slices approx ½ thick across the grain.

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