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Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by ChrisParish » 08 Sep 2018, 11:39

Long live the boys from the Dwarf.

Also, in this case it wasn’t really a kipper but rather some mackerel I caught in the Solent yesterday.

Had a lovely day on on Friday 7th September on the Solent. Put in at Swanwick on the Hamble as it is free (my favourite price) and headed out to find some marks off Calshot. The fishing was good but mostly they were too small. I caught a dozen or so tiny mackerel, which I returned by twisting the barbless hook free so I didn’t touch the fish, and three larger ones which I kept by pulling the hooks out and breaking their necks, all nice and humane. I was using tinsel feathers and an Ugly Stick on 15lb line but I never hooked up more than two at a time.

Anyhoo, got them home, gutted and filleted them before salting them for 10 minutes or so with coarse sea salt.
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Salted and ready for smoking
While that was salting I got out my camping stove and an aluminium smoker which was a wedding present to my parents some 40 years ago, making it way older than me!
I threw in a handful of oak chips (ex Jack Daniels barrel) and got it nice and hot so the chips stared to smoulder.
Next I rinsed off the fish and patted it dry before placing it on the smoker.
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On the smoker
Lid on and cook for 10 minutes at around 140 degrees C (no real precision here, I just turned the camping stove down as low as it goes)
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Smoking.....
Ten minutes later and it looked like it does in Asda!
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All smoked
Only this has no additives in the slightest and hasn’t been vacuum packed.

Served with a slice of bread and butter. Should have been brown bread but we were out.
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Simple but delicious!
I have to say it was utterly delicious. A milder taste than the stuff from the supermarket but it was wonderful. I have placed the other fillets in a box in the fridge and I will be taking them to work tonight for a cold snack.

Smoking was far simpler than I thought and I would recommend anyone to give it a go. You don’t need a dedicated smoker, an old pan and a veg steamer (one of the metal folding ones) would do the job just fine.

I know what I will be doing with my mackerel in future! And it is portable so I can even take it with me and hot smoke right there on the beach.
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Re: Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by Cliff » 08 Sep 2018, 11:46

Looks Delicious :thumbsup

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Re: Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by Stray » 08 Sep 2018, 14:42

Nicely done, I've smoked Mackerel in the past (but the filter tips go soggy) :o Similar to your way, but I used an old Prestige pressure cooker.

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Post by ChrisParish » 08 Sep 2018, 16:33

Just realised I spelled dwarf wrong right at the start. Doh! 😝
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Re: Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by Pete » 13 Sep 2018, 16:00

They look very tasty Chris :D Always fancied a smoker, especially with the amount of Oak sawdust/shavings I've made in the past.

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Re: Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by acidcloud » 15 Sep 2018, 18:00

Still all lot of mackerel about had a washing line today off Shoreham.
We have been eating lots of Mackerel this summer, but Smoker looks like a great idea.

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Post by ChrisParish » 15 Sep 2018, 18:54

It’s really tasty and incredibly easy to do. Very worth it.
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Re: Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by Martin » 16 Sep 2018, 06:07

Cracking post :thumbsup
I have a smoker, and a various line up of flavoured chips - strangely my latest purchase being the jack daniels 😂

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JD smoking chips
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Post by ChrisParish » 16 Sep 2018, 06:13

Cooking a brick, eh? So that’s how to make wrasse edible....

This was my first ever attempt at smoking food and it was a real success. I was hoping to get out on the water again tomorrow but I suspect life is going to get in the way of that.
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Re: Smoke me a kipper , Skipper, I’ll be back for breakfast

Post by The Hobbit » 16 Sep 2018, 20:49

ChrisParish wrote:
08 Sep 2018, 16:33
Just realised I spelled dwarf wrong right at the start. Doh! 😝
Keep meaning to buy a smoker and they do look delicious Chris. Being short in stature myself I fixed the start... :lol:
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