Salmon is one of the best, if not the best types of fish to smoke. The least "fishy" of the more common options makes for a nearly steak like experience when done right! This garlic butter smoked salmon always has us craving more, even our kids love this one!
Simple Smoked Salmon
This keto friendly salmon is extremely simple and quick to make. This is a staple at our house, we mix it up with different glazes from time to time, but our favorite is always this garlic butter basted salmon that turns out amazing!
Remove any bones off the salmon that the butcher may have missed. Leave the skin on and cut off any extremely thin pieces that may dry out.
Fire up the smoker to 275° with wood of choice (I prefer pecan for salmon, alder is best, but can be hard to find).
Rub the salmon down with a very light coat of olive oil
Season the salmon with a medium coat of DB180 Grill All and let it sit while you mix up the butter.
Melt the stick of butter and mix in the garlic and DB180 All Purpose Seasoning, set aside.
Place the salmon skin side down in the smoker as far away from the heat as possible. Leave the lid closed and maintain heat for one hour.
Open the smoker and baste the salmon generously with the garlic butter, close the lid for another 30 minutes.
Open the smoker and baste the salmon with the butter and start checking for doneness with a digital meat thermometer (Thermoworks Thermapen is my favorite, there's a link on my home page).
When the thickest part of the salmon reaches 135°, pull it off and rest it in a pan tightly covered with aluminum foil for 10 minutes. Use the remaining butter for a dipping sauce and tell me it's not some of the best salmon you have ever made!
This is a great base recipe that can be used for multiple types of salmon flavor profiles. Remove the garlic butter and bring in a honey/soy glaze, asian flavors, or sweet bbq flavors, the options are endless! Rubbing it down with a light coat of olive oil and seasoning it with DB180 Grill All will always turn out great and is keto friendly!