Quality salmon doesn’t need much added flavor, but if you are craving a more savory piece of smoked salmon, you can use a dry rub or brine to create layers of seasoning.
Use a simple dry rub of brown sugar, Old Bay Fish Seasoning, salt, and pepper to coat the surface of the salmon. Gently press the spice rub into the meat to ensure that it sticks during cooking.
A simple brine of salt and water can also help pack moisture and flavor into to salmon. Check out our recipe for Brown Sugar Brined Smoked Salmon.
Be sure to rinse and dry the fillets before smoking. This will wash away any excess spices that may have clumped together while resting.