Salmon is brined with sugar, salt, and spices; coated with honey and peppercorns; and smoked over apple wood. A great smoking gateway recipe: no special supplies other than wood chips, no special equipment, and only an hour or so on the grill.
Curing salmon couldn't be easier! I used wild sockeye salmon, salt, sugar, dill, black pepper and grapefruit infused gin. The gin can be replace with vodka or aquavit, or omitted, but it does add a citrusy, piney depth to the fish flavor.
ChefSteps soaks the salmon in pastrami brine for 48 hours, then smokes it at a low temperature. The result is a smoky, savory salmon that flakes into bite-sized morsels, and has a slightly sweet bark. It's just the way salmon candy should be.