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Brown Sugar Smoked Salmon

A tasty salmon treat made right on your own grill or smoker.
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Course: Dinner, fish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Jewish, Kosher
Keyword: bbq, fish, smoked
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 429kcal


  • grill or smoker


Brown Sugar Rub

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers optional


  • 2 lbs salmon fillets


Brown Sugar Rub Instructions

  • Mix together the brown sugar, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and crushed red peppers

Salmon Instructions

  • Using your hands, rub enough of the brown sugar rub into the salmon fillets to completely coat the top of each fillet.
  • Heat your grill or smoker to 225ºF.
  • Let the salmon fillets sit while the grill or smoker is heating up. Also, at this time soak the wood chips or wood chunks in tap water for 30 minutes.
  • When the grill or smoker has reached 225ºF, place the salmon on to a piece of aluminum foil skin side down and place it on to the grill or smoker for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes add the wood to the coals or smoke box. Let smoke for 30-45 minutes. Smoked salmon internal temp should be 145ºF.
  • Remove the fish from the grill and run a butter knife in between the skin and bottom of the fish.


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Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 7189mg | Potassium: 1162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg