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Brine For Salmon
  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
     1/4  cup           non-iodized salt
     1/2  cup           brown sugar
   2      cups          soy sauce

1 T onion powder 1 T garlic powder 1/2 T black pepper 1/2 T tabasco sauce 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup water

Fill a large container with water. Add ingredients except white wine. Mix thoroughly until well dissolved. Add the white wine. Mix again.

Immerse prepared fish chunks, filets or small whole fish completely in brine solution. Refrigerate fish in brine solution. Brine chunks of fish of fish 1" thick for about 5 up to 8 hours, 1/2" thick for about 4 hours, and for thinner filets or pieces 2-3 hours.

After brining, always rinse your fish with plenty of fresh water. Pat the fish dry, and allow them to air dry for about 1 hour. This will cause a "pellicle" (a tacky glaze on the fish) to form indicating that it is ready for the drying and smoking process.

When smoking salmon, use alder, or mix different fruit woods such as cherry and apple.

MC Formatted by Kurt Lucas <kurtl@navicom.com>

Posted to the AZstarnet BBQ Mailing List by Jeff Lipsitt