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[*] posted on 6-28-2016 at 05:25 AM
Blackened Crispy Halibut Tail

A few months ago I was working in Santa Monica and ate at a restaurant by the pier. They had crispy Alaskan halibut tail on the menu. Of course aka halibut howie had to try that out. It was served on a BIG plate and must have been from over a 50 pounder. Well a couple of days ago I snagged a 35 lb Californian halibut while fishing for lingcod. So I tried to replicate the same recipe but used the head as well.

1. Use hacksaw to cut head and tail off halibut leaving 3-4 inches of body meat on both ends. Clean and descale.

2. Rub with oil and apply a thick Blackened Spice mix on both side.

3. Stuff head with a crab meat stuffing. I used blue claw crab similar to the brown's of baja.

4. BBQ or smoke at 450 degrees turning once. I used 3 spatulas to turn the giant head.

5. Serve on a large platter and pass the California Basting Sauce (CBS)
* 3/4 cup melted butter
* 2 cloves minced garlic
* 2 tbs soya
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup brandy

The cheeks and collar meat is to die for. And to think for 40 years I threw these parts away.

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[*] posted on 6-28-2016 at 07:11 AM

I love Alaskan halibut, Dennis.

I have a very large cage for BBQ fish that i'll use, and this is an inspirational recipe.


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[*] posted on 6-28-2016 at 07:19 PM

i need one of those cages.

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[*] posted on 6-28-2016 at 08:31 PM

Howie--- Looks delicious!!
And so much bad joke material here it`s hard to resist!!
Congrats on the catch and the cooking!!

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[*] posted on 6-29-2016 at 10:17 AM

Quote: Originally posted by woody with a view  
i need one of those cages.

Woody, this unit has about as many pluses as minuses. It's a REC TEC Pellet Smoker capable of temps between 185-500 degrees or so. I've cooked on both extremes using many flavored types of Traegar wood pellets.

I cook often for between 30-50 people at a time so sleeping through the night, no fussing with the coals, and large grill area is why I purchases this as my 1st pellet smoker. I made a mistake and gave my Weber Smoky Mountain away. It had much better smoke flavor but was a pain in the ass to maintain for 16 hours.

* set it and forget it.
* uses 1 lb/hour = $1/hour at low temps
* can smoke 2-3 pork butts and one 16 lb Packard brisket at once. You could even weave ribs in the gaps.
*well made with quality hardware, powder coated

* very little smoke flavor
*acts more like a large OUTDOOR convection oven than a wood smoker
* slow smoked meat appears to dry out due to a constant air blower to keep the wood pellets burning.

Consequently, I now smoke ribs at 350 degrees (instead of 225-250 degrees) for 1 hour, then wrap in alum foil and back on the smoker for another hour. Then unwrap, and back on the grill until done. 45-90 minutes depending on rib type. Sauce at this point for that caramelized look and taste. I like it unsauced, Memphis style, "Naked". Sprinkling more Memphis rub on the ribs or beef once done.
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