· 2-3 pound salmon fillet (cut into individual portions)· 4 cups cool water· 1 cup maple syrup· 1/2 cup brown sugar· 1/3 cup kosher salt· zest of 1 orange· 1/2 cup maple syrup· 1/4 cup orange juice
Step 1In a glass baking dish, combine all of the ingredients for the curing liquid and stir until the salt is dissolved. Gently submerge your salmon portions in the curing liquid, cover, and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. If your salmon fillets are thin, 8 hours should be enough. Thicker fillets will take 12 hours.Step 2Remove the salmon from the curing liquid and transfer to a cooling rack positioned over a cookie sheet. Place the salmon in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight to develop a pellicle.Step 3In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and orange juice and set aside.Step 4Preheat your smoker to 165-170 degrees F. Place the salmon on the grates skin side down and smoke for 3-4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145 degrees. Brush your salmon with the maple/orange juice glaze every hour while smoking.Step 5Hot smoked salmon can be served warm or cold. Simply flake and eat.