How to Smoke Salmon on a Gas Grill

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Salmon is one of the most healthful fish a person can eat. There are many ways that a family can prepare the salmon so that they don't get bored of eating it. One of those ways is to smoke the salmon. If you don't have a smoker you can still smoke your salmon on a gas grill. This is a great option for those summer-like days when you enjoy being outside. You get to spend some time in the fresh air while preparing a tasty meal for your family.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Hickory wood chips
  • Water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Plate

Take out 1 1/2 cups of hickory chips and place them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water and allow them to soak for 20 minutes.

Salt and pepper your salmon and set it aside on a plate. You don't need a lot of spices when smoking salmon because the smoke gives the salmon its flavor.

Take the cooking grate off of the grill and turn your grill on.

Remove your hickory chips from the bowl and place them in aluminum foil. Wrap them up and begin poking holes through the aluminum foil with the end of a knife.

Place the packet of wood chips over the hottest part of your gas grill's fire.

Replace the cooking grate and turn your gas grill up to high heat.

Oil your cooking grate by brushing on a good amount of oil. Don't be skimpy with the oil or it will cause the salmon to stick to the grill.

Place your salmon on the grill rack and close the lid. Wait 4 minutes.

Open the grill and flip the salmon over. You should notice the grill marks. Close the lid and wait another 4 minutes.

Remove the salmon from the grill and set it on a platter. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before serving. This gives the juices time to settle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Marinate your salmon using your favorite marinade. Use mesquite wood chips instead of hickory for a slightly different smokey flavor.
  • Salmon doesn't take that long to cook, so don't get distracted and forget about it.

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