Maple Cured Smoked Salmon Recipe

A traditional recipe all the way from Canada and Alaska to Norway, this Maple Cured Smoked Salmon Recipe is always a barbecue Winner! With the complex sweetness of Maple syrup (not a simple flavor profile like sugar) this recipe adds an aromatic flavor that goes great with the richness of salmon.


1 Large salmon fillet


1 Litre (1 quart) water

125 Ml (½ c) salt

125 Ml (½ c) maple syrup

60 Ml (¼ c) amber or dark rum

60 Ml (¼ c) lemon juice

10 Whole cloves

10 Whole allspice berries

1 Bay leaf


In a medium sized bowl combine all the brine ingredients.

Place salmon fillet in a non-metallic dish and cover with the brine.

Make certain the fish is completely submersed in brine.

Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Remove salmon from brine and pat dry with paper towel.

Place salmon, skin side down, on smoker rack and allow to air dry for about an hour.

Smoking Method:

Preheat the Bradley Smoker to between 65°C and 95°C (150°F and 200°F).

Using maple flavor bisquettes smoke/ cook the salmon for approximately 1-1/2 hours.

To Serve:

Serve with wild rice and stir fried mixed vegetables, or blend with equal amounts of cream cheese for a delicious spread.