View Full Version : Rainbow Trout on the Flower Pot

09-02-2008, 02:41 PM
I know trout are not from the sea, but I thought this would be the appropriate forum. :msn-wink:

I got 6 nice rainbow trout from my father's fish pond and they were dieing to be smoked.


I tried to take care of the bones as best I could, there were just a lot of little bones. So I did not get them all. If any one has some tips on this I would greatly appreciate it.


After cutting them up a rubbed them with a cure of 1 cup salt, .5 cups brown sugar and .5 cups sugar. I wrapped them in plastic wrap and tinfoil, leaving on end open. From there they went in to the chill chest over night with a little weight on them.

I smoked them at 140 degs. for the first 1.5 hours then upped the temp to 160 until they reached 150 degs.



^This is the start of the smoke. I had to stack to grates to fit half the fish at a time.



^Almost done.






They turned out great. It make for a very nice meal for the family.


09-02-2008, 09:37 PM
Beautiful orange/red meat. Do you feed them in the pond, or do they feed on natural forage? I'm not used to seeing that color in a rainbow from a pond.

How big were the fish?

As far as the bones go, we always cooked them whole with the head on, Then you can just insert a fork behind the head and lift the meat away from the bones when they're done. there are a few right around the fins that remain, but they're easy to see.

when I've fileted them, I've used the filet knife to 'scoop the rib cage out, but the little 'y' bones still remain.

09-03-2008, 10:25 AM
The eat mostly out of the pond. There is a healthy population of brine shrimp. They do get some "fish food" (it looks like dog food) but they don't seem to eat much of it. The fish were just under 6 pounds total.