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Traeger Smoked Salmon

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Traeger Smoked Salmon

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Cook Time

4

Hours

Serves

6 - 8

People

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What's this?

Stop swimming upstream and start smoking salmon with ease. Our smoked salmon recipe takes all the guesswork out of the equation, leaving you perfectly smoked salmon every time.

Ingredients

  • 1 (2-1/2 to 3 lb) salmon fillet

  • 1/2 Cup kosher salt

  • 1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper

Steps

  • 1

    Remove all pin bones from salmon.
  • 2

    In a small bowl, combine salt, sugar and black pepper. Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface that is at least 6 inches longer than the fillet. Spread 1/2 of the mixture on top of the plastic and lay the fillet skin side down on top of the cure. Top with the other 1/2 of the cure spreading it evenly over the top of the fillet. Fold up the edges of the plastic and wrap tightly.
  • 3

    Place the wrapped salmon fillet in the bottom of a flat, rectangle baking dish or hotel pan. Place another identical pan on top of the fillet. Place a couple of cans or something heavy inside the top pan to weigh it down making sure the weight is distributed evenly.
  • 4

    Transfer the weighted salmon to the refrigerator and cure for 4 to 6 hours.
  • 5

    Remove the salmon from the plastic wrap and rinse the cure thoroughly (not rinsing thoroughly will result in a salty finished product). Place skin side down on a wire rack atop a sheet tray and pat dry. Place the sheet tray in the refrigerator and allow the salmon to dry overnight. This allows a tacky film called a pellicle to form on the surface of the salmon. The pellicle helps smoke adhere to the fish.
  • 6

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
  • 7

    Place the salmon skin side down directly on the grill grate and smoke for 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature of the fish registers 140℉. Enjoy warm or chilled.
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