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Ah, the unloved bluefish. I grew up catching and eating these oily, oceanic piranhas, and I love them still. Smoked bluefish is one of my favorite smoked fish, largely because I can then make this pate from it.
Smoking a lake trout (a/k/a mackinaw) is a lot like smoking a salmon, but I recently had the chance to smoke a couple fish in Manitoba, Canada with some Cree Indians and learned a lot about the process.
If there is one perfect recipe for Canada goose breasts, this is it. Pastrami. It’s a staple in delis all over the country, and it is normally cured beef (like corned beef), that’s then coated in coriander and black pepper and smoked. Well, it’s just as good with a goose breast!
It’s time to catch black cod, a/k/a sablefish or butterfish out here in the North Pacific. If you’ve ever eaten this fish, it’s like eating silk — mild, velvety and just a little oily. This means it’s perfect for smoking.
Wild turkey meat can get dry if you don’t do things just right. But a long brine and a cool smoke does wonders for the breast meat. Trussing improves things even more, and the result is a primo sandwich meat for your lunches!
It’s tough to cure a whole ham on a wild pig: You’d need to scald and scrape it in the field, and that ain’t happening. But you can make a traditional Easter ham with a skinless piece! Here’s my version, smoked and glazed with honey.
I first made this stew for my friends Joe and Dorrie in Ohio, last season. I called it Portuguese squirrel stew at the time, but I really have no idea whether this qualifies as Portuguese. All I know is that it’s damn good.
It’s sturgeon time here in the West, and whether you catch your own or buy farm-raised fish, smoked sturgeon is one of the great smoked fish of the world. Here’s how I make it.