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Hickory Barbecued Salmon Steaks Recipe

Hickory Barbecued  Salmon Steaks

Makes 6 servings

6 salmon steaks (3 to 3 1/2 pounds), cut 3/4 inch thick
4 cups Hickory Butter Lime Baste-Marinade (recipe follows)
1/2 pound hickory wood chips, baste-soaked
Lemon pepper seasoning, seasoning salt (from shakers)

To Prepare Hickory Butter lime-Baste Marinade:
1/3 cup (3 ounces) pure hickory liquid smoke
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, seeded
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon each liquid onion, liquid garlic
1 teaspoon each dry rosemary, crushed chives, lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, seasoning salt
1/2 cube butter or margarine
3 cups water

Set aside butter or margarine. Combine all other ingredients with water in a 2-quart pot on high heat. Stir and bring to a quick boil. Remove from heat. Strain and separate out 1 1/2 cups to baste-soak hickory wood chips. Add butter or margarine to remaining hot baste-marinade, stirring to melt.

Pit Fire:
Presoak hickory wood chips in reserved baste for 20 minutes and drain. Spread soaked chips over a close bed of 3-odd white-ash-hot charcoal briquets. Let chips burn into pit fire until flames are out.

To Marinate Salmon Steaks:
Pour buttered marinade over steaks in a rimmed container, covering both sides. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning and rearranging steaks for thorough marinating. Remove steaks from marinade and drain. (Retain used marinade for pit basting.) Place steaks on double-strength aluminum foil, turn up edges, and seal corners to make 2 or 3 shallow foil pans.

Pit Basting:
When pit fire is ready, place steaks in foil pans on grill 4 to 6 inches above pit fire. Liberally brush-baste every 3 to 5 minutes for 25 minutes. (Adjust dampers half open and close pit cover after each basting.) Steaks are done when they readily flake when poked with a fork in thickest portion.



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