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Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« on: August 09, 2016, 11:53:57 AM »
We get a lot of red drum where I live on the coast of NC.  They are my favorite fish.  I've always grilled them using Emeril's essence, coating the skin side with lemon pepper rub, leaving them skin-side down for 6 to 8 min.  The skin comes out like a cracker, very crisp and tasty.  Now I want to find a recipe for smoking.  Any ideas are appreciated.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 09:44:21 PM »
http://www.barbecuebible.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16794&p=161961&hilit=Red+fish#p161961

This is the only real thing I could find.  I want to smoke Lionfish which is probably similar to drum in terms of oiliness but with smaller flakes. Please let me know if you find a good guide.

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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 02:03:08 AM »
http://www.barbecuebible.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16794&p=161961&hilit=Red+fish#p161961

This is the only real thing I could find.  I want to smoke Lionfish which is probably similar to drum in terms of oiliness but with smaller flakes. Please let me know if you find a good guide.

That looks like a pretty good basic guide to smoking fish. Very thorough.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 07:04:40 PM »
We love drum fillets, scaled/skin on, seared in a hot skillet with Cajun seasoning. I would't smoke them.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2016, 08:46:45 PM »
Good to see you, Brian!  I figured you'd been busy lately!
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2016, 09:16:29 PM »
Work has been slowing down, we are only open Thursday -Sunday now. Although my recreation is picking up after working six days a week all summer.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2016, 09:46:06 PM »
Good to hear, Brian.  Missed you, around here, this summer!
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2016, 10:38:03 PM »
Our normal preperation is on the half shell. Scales & skin on, cajun seasoning on the bbq pit until its flakey (135 degrees) or the edges start pulling away from the skin.

A basic fish brine with some cajun seasoning overnight, rinse & pat dry, 4 hours on a wire rack to form pellicle, I like to smoke with pecan chips @ 170 for about an hour (IT 135). It also makes a good start for a smoked fish dip.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2016, 05:00:49 PM »
Smoked fish dip does sound pretty good.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2016, 11:04:08 PM »
No pictures, but tonight I smoked 8 redfish filets with a healthy handfull of pecan shavings for an hour @ 180 & a sprinkling of cajun seasoning. Last night I brined them, then let form pellicle prior to smoking today. I ate one for dinner that was excellent. The remainder went in a bowl with a 50/50 blend of sour cream & yogurt, squeezed a whole lemon, diced 5 green onions & 2 small serrano peppers. Added salt, pepper, granulated garlic & ancho powder. Mixed by hand & placed in the fridge to improve. Snuck a bite...very nice.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2016, 04:44:55 PM »
The pictures...... Did some more today. It disappeared too fast.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2019, 02:57:47 PM »
Another, batch of fish dip coming....sheepshead  this time.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2019, 10:21:18 AM »
All done. Outstanding.
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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2019, 04:30:04 PM »
Hi Walt.   I did some more salmon today following your footsteps.   Came out nicely.   I left the skin on one piece and took it off on the other.   Left in the smoker a little too long.   They came out at 140* but that didn't seem to make much difference.  I'm going to freeze a little to see how they handle that.  I've been a cold smoked salmon guy for some time but I think I'm onto something great here.   Thanks for the ideas

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Re: Ideas for smoking red drum filets
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2019, 08:07:41 AM »
Roger, i freeze individual pieces regularly.  They freeze very well.
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