Sweet Salmon Jerky
2 qt. Water
3/4 cup Kosher Salt
1/4 cup Morton Tender Quick Curing Salt
4 cups Dark Brown Sugar
2 cups, divided use Maple Syrup
1 qty. 2 to 3 lb. fillet Wild-Caught Salmon Fillet, Skinned, Pin Bones Removed
In a large nonreactive bowl, combine the water, salt, curing salt (if using), brown sugar, and 1 cup of the maple syrup. Stir with a long-handled spoon to dissolve the salts and sugar.
With a sharp, serrated knife, slice the salmon into 1/2-inch thick slices with the short side parallel to you on the cutting board. In other words, make your cuts from the head end to the tail end. (This is considerably easier if the fish is frozen.)
Cut each strip crosswise into 4- or 5-inch lengths.
Immerse the strips in the brine, weighting with a plate or a plastic bag of ice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours.
When ready to cook, start the Z Grill grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).
Drain the salmon strips and discard the brine. Arrange the salmon strips in a single layer directly on the grill grate.
Smoke for several hours (5 to 6), or until the jerky is dry but not rock-hard. You want it to yield when you bite into it.
Halfway through the smoking time, mix the remaining cup of maple syrup with 1/4 cup of warm water and brush the salmon strips on all sides with the mixture
Transfer to a resealable plastic bag while the jerky’s still warm. Let the jerky rest for an hour at room temperature. Squeeze any air from the bag, and refrigerate the jerky. Enjoy!