Hot smoked Cod

Hot smoked Cod

Postby fusion555 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:06 am

Local grocery store was selling true Cod for $5.99/lb today, bought a nice big fillet, at home i portioned it, but first i cut off the thin piece of the belly so my fillet portions would be a consistent thickness.
Decided to Hot smoke the belly, gave it a good dose of S&P cranked up my gas smoker, half filled the AmaZeN pellet smoker with Apple pellets and let it go at 200f for just about 2 hrs.

It was just nicely cooked, had a smoke flavor but it was lacking something, do you guys think a few hrs in salt in ref(Like a salmon cure) would have enhanced the flavor any?
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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby wheels » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:04 pm

I would salt it. Not for as long as for salmon. Maybe an hour or two dry salted or 15 - 30 mins in an 80°Brine. You'll need a bit of trial and error for accurate timings.

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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby fusion555 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:57 pm

wheels wrote:I would salt it. Not for as long as for salmon. Maybe an hour or two dry salted or 15 - 30 mins in an 80°Brine. You'll need a bit of trial and error for accurate timings.

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Thanks for that Phil, was tempted to try but needed the extra guidance :D Going to do the dry salting first

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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby Swing Swang » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:36 pm

I would lightly salt it too - salt does such amazing things to cod that the French even give it a different name, so that fresh "morue" becomes "cabillaud" when it is dried and salted. Now what I fancy having a go at is turning salt cod into lipeäkala by curing it in birch ash as I have a pile of suitable 'Yule logs' in the woodpile...
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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby wheels » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:26 am

Thanks to Google I know what you're on about! I'm not sure that I want that invite to dinner!
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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby fusion555 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:54 am

Cured in a light sea salt for 3 hrs in ref, smoked for 2 1/2 hrs @200F using gas smoker with Oak pellets

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Much better than the last one, thanks all for the advice

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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby wheels » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:41 pm

Glad it worked - it looks great.

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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby Swing Swang » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:14 pm

If you weren't so far away Colin I'd gatecrash your supper - Philip
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Re: Hot smoked Cod

Postby fusion555 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:07 pm

Swing Swang wrote:If you weren't so far away Colin I'd gatecrash your supper - Philip



And you would be very welcome Philip

I have 2 sides of Salmon in a brown sugar BP and sea salt cure right now, will hot smoke later today for Xmas day tomorrow. If it tastes as good as the Cod i will be happy.
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