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Smoked Albacore Tuna

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

4 Hours

Effort

Pellets

Pecan

Fresh meets simple. A little salt, a little sugar, and some citrus zest, and you've got a versatile fish dish fit for any day of the week.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

4

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 1 Cup kosher salt

  • 1 Cup brown sugar

  • 1 orange, zested

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 6 (8 oz) albacore tuna fillets

  • nonstick cooking spray

Steps

  • 1

    In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, and orange and lemon zest.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup kosher salt

    • 1 Cup brown sugar

    • 1 orange, zested

    • 1 lemon, zested

  • 2

    In a large container, pack the brine onto the fish, making sure, if the fillets are stacked, that there is enough brine between each so the flesh of the fish itself is not touching. Transfer to the refrigerator to brine for 6 hours.

    Ingredients

    • 6 (8 oz) albacore tuna fillets

  • 3

    Remove the fillets from the brine and rinse thoroughly under cool water. Pat dry and place on a greased wire rack set over a baking sheet.
  • 4

    Return the fillets on the rack to the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

    Grill180 ˚F

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180˚F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavour, use Super Smoke, if available.

    Grill180 ˚F

  • 6

    Remove the fillets from the refrigerator and place directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 3 hours.

    Grill225 ˚F

    Ingredients

    • As Needed nonstick cooking spray

  • 7

    Increase the grill temperature to 225˚F and continue cooking until the fish has developed a light brown colour and flakes easily when nudged with a fork, about 1 hour more.
  • 8

    Remove the fish from the grill and enjoy immediately, or allow cooling completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

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