Mill City Cooks

Smoked Star Prairie Trout

by Chef Marshall Paulsen, Birchwood Cafe
To cure:
Trim the trout if desired – remove fins & heads, reserve for fumet.
Lay the trout out on wire racks.
Coat the tops of the trout with 2:1 salt:brown sugar, plus spice mix.
Allow to sit in the walk-in under cure for 1 hour.
Rinse the cure off under cold water and allow to dry overnight.
 
To smoke:
Soak wood chips first.
Place the trout in a perforated pan, then cover with foil. Poke a few holes in the foil to let some smoke escape and allow air circulation.
Place the perforated pan over a deep metal hotel pan that has the wood chips, and put atop a hot grill to smoke.
Use a deep pan that already been used for smoking.
 
Smoke pan for 15 minutes, then remove and chill before serving.
 
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