Sweet smoked salmon / squaw candy/ salmon candy

Here is the final recipe I settled on after much trial and error for this delicious treat. This is for one large filet of Sockeye Salmon.

For the brine use...
1 1/2 cups dark pure brown sugar
1/4 cup sea salt
1/2 cup filtered honey
1/2 cup pure maple syrup... it costs a bit more but is worth it to avoid unnecessary additives.
2 tbs garlic powder
1/2 gallon of water

Mix these ingredients together until water is super saturated, meaning that there is no sediment and water is very dark in color like mollasses.

Now remove pin bones and cut the filet into 1 inch wide strips across the length of the filet.
you can choose to filet the skin off before or after this step.

layer the pieces of meat in the brine in a glass dish that will hold the contents. Do not use metal bowls or most plastics. Glass is the best.
Let the mixture brine for 8 to 18 hours. The longer the saltier.

I have found that 8 to 12 hours actually works best.

remove the fish meat and place skewers through the thickest portion of the meat, backstrap... and hang to air dry for 2-4 hours. Do not pat dry or rinse.

salmon air dry.jpg

The smoke time I use is based on an aussie charcoal water cooled smoker.
I only use 2-3 charcoal chunks, the wood ones not the briquets.
I also use Alder wood for the smoke.

The smoker internal temp should be between 100 to 120 degrees F.

Hang the meat the same way you did when drying it, in the smoker. Smoke the meat until edges are transluscent. Usually about 5-12 hours depending on size of filet.

A glaze can be made from 3 tbs honey and 1 tbs apple cider vinegar, 1 cup water to be applied only once halfway through smoking.
here is another style of cutting and hanging sockeye... myself I cold smoke for 12 hrs and take it up to 120 for one hour at the end... nice looking fish mr lindemin-
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Eventually that is my plan Hitman, that is a great setup! I live in a condo so I have not built my Cedar box yet ;) I actually want to make an underground piped smoker someday. That would rock!!!!


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That's very interesting..I also heard that we can make a cannabis infused candy. I know fish is good to our body, but my doctor told me to avoid salmon and tuna or anything that is fish cause I have a diabetes. Some people said that this will be forever in me. I can no longer enjoy eating all the food I want. So, I have read many articles about cannabis and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, bone injuries, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, diabetes, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/grape-valley-kush/. Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. Alternatively, they’ve also found new ways to infuse cannabis on food and beverages. If this is true I can’t find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks
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