Smoking Salmon

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You know it's summer in Alaska when we drag out our smokers and clear out last years Copper River Sockeye Salmon to smoke and replenish with a fresh supply. There is nothing better than Copper River Sockeye Salmon. It is high in Omega 3, is a high protein snack and is easy to prepare. This recipe comes from my dear friend, Kristi Baker who took me under her wing when I first came to Alaska. Like the Alaska Native people I recommend that you use ONLY alder smoking chips or wood. If you don't have alder, you need to order it or wait to get some. Don't waste a good fish on a bad smoke.

★★★★★ 1 vote
Depends on how much salmon you smoke.
5 Min
5 Hr
No-Cook or Other


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1 gal
tree top apple juice
1 gal
1 c
brown sugar, packed
1 c
plain salt (non-iodized)
4+ lb
sockeye salmon

How to Make Smoking Salmon


  • 1Thoroughly rinse salmon of slime.
  • 2Combine apple juice, water, brown sugar and salt in a 5 gallon, food-safe bucket. Mix well. Add the salmon pieces. *See note below.
  • 3Note: Large pieces should be scored but not all the way through to the skin. This will allow the brine to penetrate and provide better smoking.
    Note: Use ONLY Alder wood smoking chips.
  • 4Marinade salmon in salt/sugar/juice brine 12-24 hours. Remove fish to drain and air dry for 2 hours on paper towels. Fish should get a "glazed-over" and sticky feel. Smoke at 200 F for 4-6 or longer for a firmer fish. You will want to use 2-3 trays of wood chips.

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About Smoking Salmon

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy

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