Smoked Steelhead Trout

Smoked Trout with Alder

I was recently given a Bradley Digital Smoker and have been smoking anything and everything that I can think of. After coming home from our fishing trip in Oregon, I was asked to smoke the Steelhead that we had caught and brought home. I was pretty nervous since this was my first time ever smoking fish so I borrowed a recipe from a friend and adjusted it to fit my taste…

2 Steelhead Trout

Note: If you have more trout double the brine recipe so that there is enough to cover the fish.


  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1/3 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Peach Schnapps


  • Mr. Yoshidas Original Gourmet Sweet and Savory Marinade
  • Ground Black Pepper


  1. Cut trout into 2 inch wide pieces and brine skin side up for 10-12 hours. Be sure to use a plastic or glass dish.
  2. Wash fish off, pat dry with a towel and place on wire rack in a cool place. Let sit for 2 hours.
  3. Brush fish with Mr. Yoshidas Original Gourmet Sweet and Savory Marinade. Add fresh ground black pepper.
  4. I used a Bradley Digital Smoker and Alder Wood and began smoking the fish at 150 degrees for 2 hours.  Basting every hour with Mr. Yoshidas Marinade.  Increase to 160 for 2 hours. Finish at 170 for 1 to 2 hours until the internal temperature reaches 130/140 degrees.
  5. Remove from smoker and let sit for 1 hour before vacuum-sealing.

Steelhead Smoked Trout

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