LPJ’s Favorite Salmon BBQ Recipe

Enjoy seeing your freezer fill with the thick red fillets of King Salmon everyone loves on the barbecue? I know I do, but if you don’t know how to bring the flavor out of the fish with the correct seasonings your prize catch may as well go to the dog!

My personal favorite used to marinate either King or Coho Salmon is a flavor enhancing rub. Brown Sugar is the main ingredient, followed by Paprika, Thyme, Rosemary, large granule Kosher Salt & Pepper. What you’ll need to prepare the rub is a small metal or glass mixing bowl, measuring cups and a whisk. The amounts needed of each ingredient are as follows – 1 cup of Brown Sugar, 2 heaping tablespoons of Paprika, 1 teaspoon of Thyme, 1 teaspoon of Rosemary, 1 tablespoon of large granule Kosher Salt & 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk until all parts are distributed evenly in the bowl.

After your fish has been thawed in the refrigerator cut into 1/2 or 1/3 pound pieces and lay skin side down in a rectangular baking dish. Wearing plastic gloves, evenly distribute rub over 18 to 20 pieces of fish and press into meat until the rub is absorbed. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before grilling. During this time preheat your grill on high heat and then turn down to medium for cooking.

Cooking your fish on the grill will need to go for no longer than 10 minutes – remember your fish will continue to cook after removed from heat! Place fish skin side down and cook until meat separates from the skin, which will take approximately 4-6 minutes on medium heat or very red coals. After separation has occurred, which you will test with a spatula, flip the fish onto the marinated side onto the skin that remains on the grill. This will allow you to cook both sides of the fish evenly without it sticking to the grill and costing you valuable presentation points. Cook for another 1 – 2 minutes while on skin and then remove skin from the grill, placing the fish directly on grill for 1 minute to obtain grill marks. You have now perfectly prepared your prize catch and are ready to serve with your favorite sides to friends and family.



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