Smoked Salmon Recipe

From the experts at CharBroil, this recipe is perfect to serve at anything from a backyard gathering to a quiet weekend meal.

Summer 2018

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    This salmon dish is brined in seasoned brown sugar and soy sauce, then smoked for intense flavor.
    Photo by Ryzhkov Photography
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Yield: 4 servings

For an easy and delicious meal, make salmon fillets marinated in a brine made of brown sugar, grated ginger, fresh garlic, and soy sauce, and cooked on the smoker. 


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh diced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 pounds salmon fillets


  1. In a large baking dish, mix water, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, onion powder, and ginger until combined. Let cool completely.
  2. Add fish fillets to cooled mixture, and marinate in refrigerator for 6 to 7 hours.
  3. Preheat smoker to 160 F, and add alder wood chips to smoker box. Place salmon in smoker, and cook for about 3 hours.
  4. Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the salmon. Remove from smoker when fish reaches 160 F, or when fillets take on a light pink color and begin to flake apart.