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Offline WYIfish

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How long to marinate medium rainbows?
« on: Nov 24, 2017, 08:15 PM »
I have cut up two fat 15 inch rainbows and put them in a marinate of salt, brown sugar, cracked peppercorns, garlic salt, steak spices.  I have been stiring them around every couple of hours as they "stew".    My problem is I can't recall how long to marinate, I keep thinking over night but that may be a bit long. I keep them in a bowl in the fridge and yes, I did test the smoker since I hadn't used it for a couple of years.

Any suggestion would be welcomed.
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Re: How long to marinate medium rainbows?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 24, 2017, 08:40 PM »
According to page 21 of the Big Chief Electric Smoker manual for "Easy Cure Brine" the times vary depending on thickness.
Brine chunks 1" thick, 8 to 12 hours or overnight. Brine fillets to 1/2" thick about 4 hours and small whole fish or very thin pieces about 2 to 4 hours."

This manual has a lot of very useful information:

Here is the link from Home Depot:

https://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/c9/c9733eee-bc06-4ad6-9d95-634e1d7c0e1c.pdf

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Re: How long to marinate medium rainbows?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 24, 2017, 09:58 PM »
What is the approximate weight of the fish?  The volume of the water?  The type and amount of salt?  All will affect any hope of a sane answer.

I used the Luhr Jensen / Smokehouse easy cure brine for years but have dropped it in favor of less-salty brine.  Too easy to over salt with that one, IMO.
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Re: How long to marinate medium rainbows?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 24, 2017, 11:23 PM »
WYIfish, I got your PM and sent a reply.  Please let us know how it turns out!
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Re: How long to marinate medium rainbows?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 24, 2017, 11:43 PM »
you will be able to tell...the fillets will turn opaque..

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Re: How long to marinate medium rainbows?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 28, 2017, 12:40 AM »
I second Joe's reply, depends on the thickness. Sounds like you're using a dry brine. If they're thick then brine overnight. If they're thin then you would want less brine time.

 



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