How to Make Smoked Rainbow Trout
4 whole trout, gutted and gilled
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
Mix the salt and sugar with a gallon of water and continue stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Place your trout in this brine and put in the fridge, covered, for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
Remove the trout from the brine (discard the brine), and proceed to pat dry with paper towels and set on a rack over a baking sheet in the fridge for at least a few hours, and up to overnight. You also have the option to set the fish to dry in a cool place for a few hours.
Put the fish in the smoker, hanging or on the grates, and get a nice cool smoke going. Slowly let the temperature in your smoker to 200 F (93 C) and hold it between 175F (79 C) and 200F (93 C) for at least an hour, and up to 4 hours. Do not let the temperature get above 225F (107 C). If it does, set a tray of ice in the smoker.
When your trout is smoked, you can eat them warm or chilled.
Recipe by: Chef Michael Demagistris