My wife and I have been cooped up in our house for 2 weeks so we decided to take a drive just to get out. We drove down to Downtown San Diego to see what things were like and found a virtual ghost town. This video shows us driving up 5th in the Gaslamp District. Normally there would be thousands of people on the sidewalks and bumper to bumper traffic. Pretty surreal!
My daughter grabbed up some fresh, wild Sockeye filets at Costco a few weeks ago. She dropped them into our freezer since she didn't have room in hers. Yesterday, she asked us to pull two out to defrost for a dinner. They were just around a pound each. They sat in the sink for three hours at which point she called and advised that she cancelled dinner due to a sudden stomach ailment. We put them into the fridge then decided today that we should cook them up to prevent spoilage. This afternoon, I made a brown sugar and kosher salt brine and soaked the fillets for just under two hours.
i fired up the Akorn to about 169 degrees, added some apple chunks and alder chips to supplement and then tossed the fish on. They have been in the Akorn for about an hour now and I think I am going to go for about three more hours before pulling them off. The Akorn has been holding steady now at 168-170 degrees F and that has surprised me. I seriously thought that I couldn't get it to hold that low. First time doing fish on the Akorn At a temperature this low, so any suggestions are appreciated!
I smoke-roasted this in a Karubecue C-60 stick burner but previous cooks were done in a Cookshack Fast Eddy PG500 pellet pit. I think it would cook up well in a kamado. It's the best thing I've ever cooked.
I doubled the recipe for a dinner party.
One bone-in pork loin roast
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional Pan Sauce
¾ cup dry vermouth or white wine
1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Trim off unneeded fat and silverskin to expose the meat to the rub.
2. Rub the roast all over with mustard. Sprinkle it with the thyme, sage, garlic, salt and pepper, patting so the seasonings will adhere.
3. Put the loin back in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
4. Preheat pit to 350° F.
5. Place the loin in the pit, bones down, until it reaches an internal temperature of 145° to 150° F.
6. Remove the roast from the oven, place it on a cutting board, tent it with foil, and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, if desired, make a pan sauce
7. Place roasting pan over high heat.
8. Add the vermouth and water.
9. Bring to a boil, scraping up all the browned bits.
10. Continue to boil until reduced by about half.
11. Slice the pork into chops and serve, drizzling each serving with the pan juices.
this was my second attempt at a cold smoked salmon. Attempt #1 was a learning curve for sure. I used a tail end of pink salmon (mistakes #1 and #2). I also pressed the salmon under a plate with 2 cans of tomatoes (mistake #3) in a 50/50 salt/sugar dry rub for 48 hours (Mistake #4). Finally I smoked the whole thing for 12 hours (5th and final mistake) on Adler pellets for 12 hours using an A-MAZE-N maze. The end result was something closer to salmon prosciutto in the centre of the fillet and salmon jerkey on the edges. Now, it wasn’t terrible per say. But it was way too smoky, way too salty a d had the wrong texture.
For attempt #2 i went 50/50 salt/sugar dry cure on a thick, head end piece of fillet from an atlantic salmon. Cured for 24 hours in a vac bag, turned half way through. Rinsed and purged for 30 minutes then dried on a wire rack to form a pellicle for 4 hours. 4hrs of smoke this time around in the KJ. SloRoller set up for indirect cold smoking. We’re having a snow storm up here in Canada right now, but the temp still bumped up almost 20C to 15C ambient inside the smoker. The end result was pretty spot on in texture. Next tine i may take the cure down another 6 hours to 18 hours, but i’m quite happy with the 4hrs of Smoke. The texture was spot on, maybe a little drier than expected but no complaints.
Please let know if any of you cold smoking veterans have any tips. Im currently equilibrium curing a 3lb piece of pork belly for bacon for next weekend. Planning to smoke in 3 Separate 12 hr sessions. That will be pork belly attempt number 1.
In this video, you will find all of the information necessary to properly unbox and assemble your new Kamado Joe Classic III grill. I didn't think to make a video for the first one, so thought I would share tips I picked up from doing it a second time around.