For salmon, we recommend maintaining your smoker at a temperature of 250-275 degrees Fahrenheit, and smoking the salmon for about one hour. You will need an Instant Read Meat Thermometer to check if the salmon is done.
Considering this, do you need to refrigerate hot smoked salmon?
Hot smoked products are fully cooked but have a relatively short shelf life and must be refrigerated. All smoked products must be cooled immediately after smoking and stored at or below 3° C. Smoking requires tight temperature and humidity controls, as well as proper storage after processing.
In this way, do you smoke salmon skin up or down?
Smoke the Salmon: Lay the salmon fillets side-by-side in your smoker, skin side down. Depending on how many pounds of fish you’re cooking and the thickness of the fish, the smoking process can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Cooking is complete when the salmon registers 140°F at its thickest point.
Do you wrap salmon in foil when smoking?
Place salmon filet skin down on a sheet of aluminum foil. Place the foil with salmon on the grate of the pre-heated smoker and smoke until internal temperature of salmon reaches 140°. (Make sure to start checking the temperature after 30 minutes on the smoker.
After you clean the rack, put them back over the heat. Let them get up to temp THEN spray on the Pam. Let the PAM heat up, then lay filets on the rack and you should have better luck.
At 225° F, it can take between 30 minutes and 1 hour for a 2- to 4-pound salmon filet to reach a finished 140°F internal temperature.
Smoking is an art, not a science. To keep temperatures mild, always put water in your drip pan to keep the temperature down. If your smoker is very hot, like a Traeger can get, put ice in the tray. After an hour in the smoker, baste the fish with birch or maple syrup, or honey; do this every hour.
Sweet and savory salmon seasoning
- Brown sugar.
- Lemon zest.
- Parsley leaves, chopped.
- Thyme leaves, chopped.
- Minced garlic.
- Freshly cracked pepper.
- Red pepper flakes.
Smoke salmon at temperature between 150-180 F, until it reaches internal temperature of 135-140 F. The lower you are able to keep the smoker temperature, the better, this way the salmon will remain moist and won’t overcook. But on the other side lower smoker temperature will take longer time to cook the fish.
After your salmon is cured and dried, it’s time to hot smoke that fish. Smoke your salmon for 3-4 hours, at 225 degrees Fahrenheit until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re using a Traeger, getting to that temperature just means starting your grill and using your Smoke setting.
Alder is the traditional wood used in the Pacific Northwest for smoking salmon, and I generally use hickory, but apple, oak, maple, and pecan are other good options. Mesquite burns too hot and fast for this low smoking.