When Alaska Hands You Salmon

Smoke it!

And wouldn’t you know, Alton Brown is a genius. (about 3 minutes in, you’ll get the idea)

So, you might have guessed that I still have a ton of Alaska pictures to share with you… I’ll get there. But for now, here is what I did with one pound of the salmon I caught. Yeah, that’s right, I caught 2 salmon while out in the depths of the Alaska Oceans. It was SO much fun!

Homemade Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon


  • Cardboard box smoker (see this site or above video)
  • Wood chips for smoking
  • Fresh Alaskan Salmon (from Alaska, thank you very much)
  • Fresh Trout (from Whole Foods)
  • Brine for fish: 1 cup water to 1/2 cup kosher salt
Freshest Salmon you can ever get. 😉

Trout in Brine
Brine, pre-mixed
Cherry Wood Chips

Step 1: Prepare your smoker

Ghetto but fabulous. This baby really worked.

Step 2: Brine your fish for at least 2 hours (see above).

Step 3: Heat those wood chips. Preferably in a cast-iron pan on a hot plate at the bottom of your smoker.

Wood chips being heated

Step 4: Place fish onto racks placed above the pan of heating wood chips. Smoke the fish for about 6 hours (*edited–>) 2.5 hrs for the trout, 3 hrs for the salmon (thanks boyfriend!).

Fish being smoked above, chips being heated below

Step 5: EAT!!!!!

Altogether now.

Best. Fish. Ever.


I can honestly say that I have never, ever had better tasting fish. Ever. It was so good, my mouth is watering just writing this. Although the smoking and prep work takes a little time, it is way worth it.

What is one of the best things you have ever tasted???

Happy weekend!

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