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    Ard - how hot is your smoker running when you do the salmon? It looks great.
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    Default Re: How We Smoke Alaska Salmon;

    Not very hot I have never taken a temp but it supposed to be around 165*. The air temp when you do it affects the total time the fish must be in them it is the duration that the fish is in that gets it done. We place the thin stuff on the top racks and the thickest on the bottom racks. After about 8 hours you start checking the thin stuff. The smokers are supposed to get the fish to 165* at 145* the meat is Pasteurized.

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    Thanks. My smoker can run about 175 most of time, so I bet I could come close to matching your results. With the obvious difference of not having access to freshly caught salmon and having to get by with the flash frozen and shipped variety. So maybe I can just match your technique, not your result.
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    Default Re: How We Smoke Alaska Salmon;

    When I lived down east I found Great Lakes steelhead were pretty tasty.

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    Hey Ard the salmon sounds awesome. Ive never actually had smoked salmon but your process is very similar to what my father-in-law does with the laker trout we catch in upstate NY. Absolutely divine!!!
    Thanks for the instructions.
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    Hi Chef Ard
    Your salmon looks delicious, but I'm used to seeing smoked salmon looking more like this:

    Is it a difference in smoking time, cut of the fillet, perishability of the salmon that appears less smoked (my pic), or all of the above? How long will your smoked salmon last refrigerated? Can I send a SASE, and get a taste? It's funny, but I always wanted to buy a smoker when I was a kid without money. Now that I can afford one, I don't have one. Perhaps if I had salmon swimming past, I'd own a smoker....

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    Default Re: How We Smoke Alaska Salmon;

    Hi Frank,

    The fillet in the photo looks like cold smoked Lox salmon. I vacuum pack and freeze and have never left any around long enough for it to spoil. It is kinda like moist jerky when done.

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    Default Re: How We Smoke Alaska Salmon;

    Hi FrankB2,

    Ard's method is pretty normal in Alaska. He does use a brine cure and some like a dry cure. I always used a dry cure but the methods are pretty similar other than the cure. I think Ard is right about the fish in your picture. No self respecting Alaskan would call that smoked salmon.

    Frank

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    Doc,
    Now there's something that works a lot better up there than it would down here with brookies. Looks good.
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    I've been wondering where you have been.....................

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