Smoked fish; How to build a fish smoker, and smoke an Amberjack

By October 18, 2015 March 6th, 2017 Blog, Uncategorized

We love smoked fish, and in this video, Chris shows how his home-made island-style smoker is made, how to prepare the smoker, and how to smoke a fish.

The smoked fish is an Amberjack, which is perfect for smoking. This smoker was built using concrete building block, chicken wire fence and a sheet of metal. The wood dust is coconut saw dust which can be substituded by any sweet wood sawdust. This smoked fish is unlock smoked lox, in that it is actually slow cooked.

From wikipedia:

Greater amberjacks, Seriola dumerili, are the largest of the jacks. They usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. They have no scutes and soft dorsal bases less than twice the length of the anal fin bases. They are usually 18 kg (40 pounds) or less, and are found associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 20 to 75 m (10 to 40 fathoms). Greater amberjacks are also found in the Pacific.

Lesser amberjacks, Seriola fasciata, have proportionately larger eyes and deeper bodies than greater amberjacks. They are olive green or brownish-black with silver sides, and usually have a dark band extending upward from their eyes. Juveniles have split or wavy bars on their sides. The adults are usually under 5 kg (10 lbs). They are found deeper than other jacks, commonly 50 to 130 m (30 to 70 fathoms).

Amberjacks are voracious predators, which feed on squid, fish, and crustaceans, and are thought to spawn offshore throughout most of the year.

Juveniles can be caught in about 25 feet (7.6 m) of water, near floating objects.