Smoking Pinks?

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  1. wyofly

    wyofly Active Member

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    It seems that the preferred wood for smoking pinks is Alder. Has anyone tried Hickory, Apple or Mesquite? If so, how did it work for you?
     
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    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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  3. DennisE

    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    Tried Mesquite, but gives the fish a bitter taste. I'm happy with Alder.
     
  4. Roger Stephens

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    I have been using apple for 4 or 5 years and like it better than other chips since it seems to give the fish a sweeter favor.

    Roger
     
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    Thanks everyone. Roger thanks for the apple info. I have some apple chips and will give it a try.
     
  6. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    I've done a couple batches with Alder now, and they've turned out great.
     
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    I find apple too sweet but alder hits the spot, especially if it is alder from the PNW trees rather than the stuff available at Lowes which has a very muted flavor and comes from who knows where. Alder goes well with any meat, but the same can't be said for some of the other woods (ie. mesquite and hickory)
     
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    I like apple but then, I have a sweet tooth for smoked fish. Alder does a great job as well.
     
  9. Richard Torres

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    Gotta love that alder smell, (camping memories).

    Getting ready to brine up a pink for the smoker this morning...
     
  10. gearhead

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    On my pinks this year i use three parts alder...one part mesquite....i cut the skinless strips thin, they soak up the brine good. brine is 50/50 salt, sea salt, white sugar, brown sugar, bbq sauce. i pepper before i place on the rack. 3 hrs does it for me in my little chief with these summer temps. after one hour of smoking, i pour out the burnt chips, and replace the empty pan. the burnt/cooking chips is what gives the fish a bitter taste. often i will add a second partial/small pan of chips, at hour two, and then remove after 30 minutes and pour out.