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Smoked Salmon Candy

Smoked Salmon Candy

By Traeger Kitchen

Meat candy ahead: Salmon fillets are cured with salt and brown sugar, then smoked and mopped with maple syrup for a sweet and savory treat.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

3 Hours




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Units of Measurement:
2 Cup gin
1 Cup dark brown sugar, plus more for smoking
1/2 Cup kosher salt
1 Cup maple syrup
1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
3 Pound salmon
Nonstick cooking spray


  • 1

    In a large bowl or resealable container, combine the gin, brown sugar, salt, maple syrup, and black pepper.

    • 2 Cup gin

    • 1 Cup dark brown sugar, plus more for smoking

    • 1/2 Cup kosher salt

    • 1 Cup maple syrup

    • 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    Cut the salmon into 2-ounce pieces and place in the cure, making sure the salmon is covered completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    • 3 Pound salmon

  • 3

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 4

    Grease a piece of foil with nonstick spray. Place the salmon on the greased foil and sprinkle with more brown sugar.

    •  Nonstick cooking spray

  • 5

    Transfer the foil with the salmon onto the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke the salmon until fully cooked, 3-4 hours.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

  • 6

    Serve hot or chilled. Enjoy!

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