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Trout - How to Smoke Your Trout in a Wood Burned Smoker
How to Smoke the Trout You Catch
I don't know about you, but I just love trout. I love to catch them, prepare them and I love to eat them. Alas in my country there's no such thing as trout living in the wild, we don't have those fast running streams, maybe in the Ardennes in Belgium, I don't know. In The Netherlands we can only fish on trout in special ponds.
Of course there's the UK and Denmark, but that's a bit far to go fishing on trout for a day, although some take a week off and head for Denmark. I've never done that though (yet).
In my country we fish on trout and salmon in special ponds. Some might think that's an easy way to catch a meal, but it isn't, it's still a game between the fisherman and the fish. Sometimes I go home with a load full, sometimes I don't catch a thing. I just love to sit at the pond and it doesn't make any difference for me whether it's sunny or whether it's raining.
I'll show you how we smoke our trout in our backyard and end up with a delicious meal.
What Do You Need to Smoke Trout
If you want to smoke your own trout then you'll need the following equipment:
* plastic box where you can marinate your trout in
* lots of salt
* kitchen towel
* paper towel
* fish holders (in my case)
* wood chips
* small wood or charcoal to start the fire
* smoker or smoke-house
and of course....Trout or Salmon.
The Fish Have to Be Marinated in a Salty Solution - Marinating Takes a Few HoursClick thumbnail to view full-size
After the Marinating
Trout has a rather flat taste and it has to be marinated in a rather salty solution for at least a few hours. How you make the marinade is totally up to you. There are as many different ways as there are trout smokers. We marinate them in water and salt, but others may not use water at all and/or put in some extra herbs. It's a bit of experimenting the first time to find out what works.
Anyway, after they've been marinated, you have to dry them thoroughly before putting them into the smoker. We use old kitchen towels to do that, because paper towel gets soaked and will then stick to the skin. We use the paper towel to clean our hands.
We have a round smoker and normally you have to hook the fish in a certain way, but we never got that part right and very often the fish would fell down during the smoking process. So my hubby thought up a solution and now we bind them to a folded iron raster and that way we can smoke at least 16 trouts at the same time.
Most of the time we smoke fish when the kids are home and we'll have a BBQ, so we'll have some meat and some fish to eat.
I have no experience with electric smokers, don't know anybody of my fellow fishermen who uses one either. We all do it the old fashioned way.
Preparing the Trout and Binding Them to the GrillsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Everybody Smokes Trout in a Different Way
I couldn't find a video of the smoker we use. They're all using electric smokers and that's not the real thing for me. I found a self made smoker that looks pretty nice.
Home made Smoker
Burn Some Wood First
We Use Wood from Our Own Willow Trees to Start the Smoker
To start the fire we use some twigs and dry leaves of the willow trees (we have plenty of those), add some hay or other dry grass and build a hot fire that way. Then add some thicker branches.
Don't Use Charcoal to Burn in Your Smoker
Don't use ready made charcoal, you best use real wood to make your fire in the smoker in order to get the right flavor. Different wood gives different flavors.
Gradually use somewhat thicker wood, because they need to form a thick layer of hot charcoal which can last for several hours.
Cover the Flames with Wood Chips to Get It Smoking
When it's ready to shovel it into the burner, you have to add some wood chips, because those will give some really nice flavor to the fish.
Often they use oak chips, but it can be from other trees too.
Then It's Time to Ut in the Trouts
Smoking Time Starts When You Put the Trout into the Smoker
Put the lid on the smoker and sit back for a few hours.
For small trouts at least three to four hours. Time to relax, have a drink and a chat with the girls.
Smoked Trout Is Just Delicious
In the Meantime We Start the Barbecue
We Love to Have a Choice of Meat and Fish
While we are waiting for the trout to get smoked, daughter Lynn Karijn is starting the BBQ. We hardly ever buy meat in the shop, because we mostly use the meat from our own sheep. I have chops, minced meat and sausages and every time our eye is bigger than our stomach they say over here when you have more food on your plate than you can eat. We also had baked potatoes and a nice salad to go with the fish and the meat.
Checking on the Trout
Aren't They Looking Delicious?
You Can Eat Smoked Trout with Potatoes and Veggies
Mostly We Eat the Smoked Trout as an Appetizer or a Snack
Some people make delicious recipes with smoked trout, some use them as snacks on toast and that's the way we eat our smoked trouts. I hardly ever make a meal with smoked trout, we just warm them up a bit in the magnetron and then peel off the skin and eat the meat right from its bones.
NOTE!!!: never eat the skin of a smoked trout or any other smoked fish or give it to the dogs or cats, because it's smoked and it can cause damage to your own or to your animal's health. It would be like inhaling smoke from a fire, which of course it actually is.
You Can Do Lots of Things with Smoked Trout
- Smoked Trout Recipe - CHOW
Don't pay extra for smoked fish at the store when you can make it at home. This smoked trout is delicious crumbled over salads. You can also swap it for clams...
- Angel Hair Pasta With Smoked Trout, Rocket, Chilli And Lemon Recipe - Taste.com.au
Angel hair pasta with smoked trout, rocket, chilli and lemon recipe - Whisk together the lemon juice, oil, chilli and garlic in a small bowl. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente....
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