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.
Beside above, how long does it take to smoke salmon at 225?
Consequently, is cold smoked salmon safe to eat?
According to a Colorado State University Extension’s SafeFood Rapid Response Network newsletter, cold-smoked salmon is considered safe for healthy, non-immune-compromised persons.
Should I soak my wood chips?
In truth, soaking your wood chips and chunks isn’t necessary and here’s why. Wood chips and chunks that have been soaked have to get rid of any moisture before they can produce smoke. … Soaking the plank ensures that there is enough surface moisture on the plank that it should not combust while you are cooking.
Mild smoking wood are the fruit woods like apple, peach and cherry. They’re good on white meat, poultry and pork. Middle of the road smoking woods are hickory, maple, pecan, and oak. They’re great with pork, and strong enough to stand up to beef and game meats.
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — Salmon smoked sweetly over alder wood or barbecued on low, slow-burning coals has been the specialty of Ketchikan, Alaska, since people migrated here centuries ago.
Beech wood is commonly used by most salmon smokers because it’s consistent and gives a great flavour. But oak, apple and cherry shouldn’t be ignored either.
As the name suggests, cold-smoking is done at temperatures no higher than 100 degrees, and more often between 65 and 85 degrees. The smoking time can be only a few minutes in duration, as in the case of smoked mozzarella, or several days (or even weeks or months) in the case of hams.
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.
Cold-smoked salmon is smoked below roughly 90 degrees fahrenheit, while hot-smoked salmon is smoked above approximately 120 degrees. The temperature difference results in cold-smoked salmon and a fresher and less smoky flavor, while the hot-smoked version is much smokier.
> Cold smoking allows smoke to penetrate food more easily. And so, woods with a lighter smoke are generally used. Apple and cherry wood impart milder, slightly fruity smoke flavors. Maple gives off a mild, slightly sweet taste and alder is a light smoke with just a hint of sweetness.