Smoked Trout

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  • Pecan shell chips or hickory wood chips
  • 3 (8-ounce) trout fillets, each halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt


  1. Soak shell or wood chips in water to cover at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place fillets in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Stir together 1 1/4 cups water and next 3 ingredients; pour over fillets. Seal and chill 2 hours, turning plastic bag occasionally. Remove fish from bag, reserving marinade. Set aside.
  3. Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes. Drain chips, and place on hot coals. Place water pan in smoker; add reserved marinade. Add hot tap water to fill line. Coat rack with cooking spray; place in smoker.
  4. Arrange fish on rack, skin side down; cover with smoker lid. Cook 1 hour or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Sprinkle with salt.
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