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Traeger Smoked Salmon

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Stop swimming upstream and start smoking salmon with ease. Our smoked salmon recipe takes all the guesswork out of the equation, leaving you perfectly smoked salmon every time.

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  • 1 (2-1/2 to 3 lb) salmon fillet

  • 1/2 Cup Kosher salt

  • 1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1 Tablespoon Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    Remove all pin bones from salmon.

    • 1 (2-1/2 to 3 lb) salmon fillet

  • 2

    In a small bowl, combine the salt, sugar, and black pepper.

    • 1/2 Cup Kosher salt

    • 1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed

    • 1 Tablespoon Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3

    Lay a large piece of plastic wrap at least 6 inches longer than the piece of salmon on a flat surface. Spread half of the cure on the plastic in the shape of the fillet and lay the salmon, skin-side down, on top. Spread the remaining cure over the top of the salmon. Wrap the plastic tightly around the salmon.
  • 4

    Place the wrapped salmon fillet in a flat, rectangular baking dish or hotel pan. Place another identical pan on top of the fillet. Place a couple of cans or something heavy on the top pan to weigh down, making sure the weight is distributed evenly.
  • 5

    Transfer the weighted salmon to the refrigerator and cure for 4–6 hours.
  • 6

    Unwrap the salmon and rinse the fillet thoroughly to remove the cure (not rinsing properly will result in a salty finished product). Place the salmon, skin-side down, on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and pat dry. Transfer to the refrigerator and let the salmon dry overnight. (This causes a tacky film called a pellicle to form on the surface of the salmon. The pellicle helps smoke adhere to the fish.)
  • 7

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

    180 ˚F

  • 8

    Insert the probe into the center of the fillet. Place the salmon, skin-side down, directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke until the internal temperature reaches 140℉, 3-4 hours. Enjoy warm or chilled.

    140 ˚F

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