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Jalapeno Candied Smoked Salmon

Posted by mmillet on August 8, 2014

Jalapeno Candied Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon is a no-brainer. Candy is a no-brainer. ...you see where we're going with this. Although they're both dangerously delicious, this recipe is quite a bit different from our salmon jerky/Indian candy recipe. A little less chew and a lot more spice.

For those of you who love to work up a sweat while eating, you're gonna love what comes next. We are soaking, brushing and garnishing this fish with jalapenos. It's like having a cable subscription for Jalapeno TV - all jalapeno, all of the time. You control the dial so feel free to add more jalapenos for a more intense heat or even bump it up to a habanero, if you're feeling bold.


PREP TIME: 3 to 4 hours to brine
COOK TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory, Mesquite or Maple
SERVES: 4 to 6


1 fillet salmon, pin bones removed
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
8 cups cold water
1 to 2 jalapenos, roughly chopped
Red pepper flakes, if desired

Jalapeno Glaze:
1 cup brown sugar
1 to 2 jalapenos
3 tablespoons dijon mustard


In a small saucepan pour in the hot water and the jalapenos and red pepper flakes for the brine. Use as many jalapenos as you can handle and same goes for the red pepper flakes.

Bring the water to a boil and let the jalapenos steep in the hot water for about 5 minutes.

Add in the rest of the brine ingredients except for the cold water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour in the cold water. Once the brine is no longer warm, pour it into a large resealable bag and add in the salmon.

Let the salmon sit in the brine in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

When you're ready to start smoking take the salmon out of the brine, rinse off and pat dry.

Mix together the brown sugar, jalapenos and dijon mustard for the glaze in a blender or cuisinart and pulse until the jalapenos are fully incorporated.

Apply the glaze to the salmon.

Set Traeger to smoke with lid open until fire is established. Smoke salmon for 30 minutes (Skin-Side down).

Increase to 225°F-230°F. Cook salmon for 45 min-1 hour.

Jalapeno Candied Smoked Salmon

Time to serve up this spicy bite!

Jalapeno Candied Smoked Salmon


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