Homemade cured salmon (lox) is easy to make, and is about half the cost of store-bought lox. Homemade lox is also free from nitrite preservatives. This recipe uses smoked salt to approximate the flavor of smoked lox.
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.