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Vodka Brined Smoked Wild Salmon

Amanda Haas


Vodka Brined Smoked Wild Salmon

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Cook Time

1

Hours

Serves

4 - 6

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What's this?

Alaskan grizzly bears snag salmon fresh out of the stream. We like to add some wood-fire smoke for a gourmet meal that's fit for anyone who loves the wild.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup brown sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper

  • 1/2 Cup coarse salt

  • 1 Cup vodka

  • 1 (1-1/2 to 2 lb) wild caught salmon

  • 1 lemon wedges

  • capers

Steps

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  • 1

    In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pepper, salt and vodka.
  • 2

    Place the salmon in a large resealable bag. Pour in marinade and massage into the salmon. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  • 3

    Remove from bag, rinse and dry with paper towels.
  • 4

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
  • 5

    Smoke the salmon, skin-side down for 30 minutes.
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  • 6

    Increase grill temperature to 225℉ and continue to cook salmon for an additional 45 to 60 minutes or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the fish reaches 140℉ or the fish flakes easily when pressed with a finger or fork.
  • 7

    Serve with lemons and capers. Enjoy!

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