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  • Troutman
    Club Member
    • Aug 2017
    • 6908
    • Republic of Texallence

      22" Weber Kettle - Red Premium Limited Edition
      6 Burner Weber Summit Gasser
      22" and 18" Weber WSM Smoker
      18” Jumbo Joe
      36" double door Lyfe Tyme offset stick burner (SOLD !)
      Pitts & Spitts Pellet Pro 2436
      Classic Thermopen
      Thermoworks SMOKE
      Fireboard Pro with Pit Viper fan
      Grill Grates
      SNS for the 22" Weber kettle
      A-MAZE-N Smoker 12" Tube & Tray
      Weber stainless veggie basket
      Weber stainless fish basket
      Weber stainless rib rack
      Phat Mat cooking mats
      Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
      For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
      For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
      For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
      For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
      For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
      Anova Immersion Circulator 900 watt & 12 & 18 quart Rubbermaid containers with hinged sous vide lids
      Generic Calphalon non-stick cookware set of pots and pans
      12" & 14" All-Clad Stainless skillets
      Cast Iron 12" skillet by Victoria
      La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Yellow Round
      La Creuset Cast Iron 7 quart Dutch Oven - Cherry Oval
      Old Revere Wear Copper & Stainless Pots (handed down)

      JA Henckels 15 piece Stainless Knife Set
      Victorinox 12" Fibrox Pro Slicing Knive
      Victorinox 6" Curved Boning Knife
      Set of Dalstrong Japanese Steak Knives

    Fish Tales

    Some folks who have never set foot in Texas, have this misconceived notion that all of Texas has this John Wayne-like landscape of tumble weeds, sand and lots of cactus. If you were in west Texas around say El Paso, you would be correct but Texas has 5 distinct regions that are as different as night is to day. Along the Gulf Coast, where we live, we're more like Florida and southern Louisiana then say Phoenix. Along our coast we have a number of barrier islands that have created an entire bay system and inter-coastal waterway. Outside of that is the open Gulf of Mexico. Thus there are two major marine biospheres that produce an abundance of seafood both in and out of our shoreline.

    Of course the Gulf has too numerous an amount of species to even begin to mention here, but the sport fish most popular along the reefs and in the deeper part of the offshore regions is the Red Snapper (or Snapper for short). Within the inshore areas of our vast bay systems the fish that most dominates the stalking wade fisherman and best represents Texas fishing is the Speckled Sea Trout (aka the Speck).

    Most folks like to fillet these fish and consume fried or grilled or even smoked. Our family prefers the whole fish which is consumed head and all. Of course for the bone weary squeamish, it does take a rather delicate skill to keep from ingesting pin bones but dogging those pesky little needles is worth it to me.

    Below are a couple of fish I caught last summer and had in my freezer. Along with Red Drum (or Redfish) and Flounder, these are the species we eat on a regular basis and try to keep stocked in our freezer. So let me introduce to you, Mr. Snapper and his mate, Mr. Speck, fully cleaned, scaled and gutted .......

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    I wanted to smoke these guys but first wanted to make a stuffing for added depth of flavor and texture. I normally do a breaded stuffing using either oysters, shrimp, scallops or crab meat (sometimes in combination). In this case I decided on oyster. I started my mise en place using a medium shallot, fresh diced garlic, cilantro and fresh dill ......

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    ... I then took a pint (per fish) of fresh oysters and gave them a quick chop, reserving part of the liquor. The same would be true if I used shrimp, scallops or crab meat. You want to distribute the meat into the breading .....

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    .... then begin to combine my wet ingredients by sweating the shallots and garlic in olive oil and butter.....

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    ...... followed by a de-glazing with some white wine. Once cooked down I added my chopped oysters and their liquor .....

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    .... I reduce and thicken with some additional butter while I prepare my dry ingredients. I used about five slices of fresh bread (day old or crusty left over works great too) along with the chopped cilantro, Tony Chacheres seasoning and ground pepper blending all in the food processor ......

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    .... then combined the dry with the wet in the pan. I like to leave the mixture a bit wet so it sticks and better conforms to the cavities of the fish. To be made drier additional bread crumbs help to bind up the mixture ......

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    ..... I then simply stuffed the fish cavity as well as into the head. I place some sprigs of fresh dill weed in with the stuffing, love the flavor of dill with fish. The outside of the fish is prepped with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, more of the Tony C. seasoning and some dried dill. Ready for their rendezvous with the smoker .......

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    ..... I don't generally like to impart a lot of smoke to this fish, unlike something meaty like sword or salmon, the meat here is a bit more delicate and easily over powered. They cooked for about 45 minutes at 300* to an IT of around 135-140*, making sure the area around the stuffing is thoroughly heated through ......

    Unfortunately when done I walked away to prepare something else and the ravenous crowd of hungry folks slaughtered my catch before I could get a good pic, but below is the end result. Fish super tender, juicy with a nice light smoke. Stuffing was off the charts, but I'm partial to oyster stuffing. Again I realize some folks just don't want to tackle whole fish but fillets on the smoker are to die for as well. Fresh seafood seems to take a back seat to beef and pork but will always be high on the Troutman's list of served cuisine .....

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  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2557
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
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      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    Looks great! I am far from the Gulf of Mexico up here in North Alabama, but you are inspiring me to try something different. I gotta wait for the butt that is currently smoking to come off the kettle first though!


    • Psinderson
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 258
      • Pittsburgh, PA
      • Cookers:
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        - 2015 Weber Spirit 210 Gasser

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        - Grill Grates
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        - Weber Rapid Fire Chimney

        - Total beer geek
        - Whiskey, preferably a good Rye but I also enjoy Bourbon, Wheat and Scotch

      Great write up, thank you! So many great techniques to learn, I appreciate you sharing this. Looks really good.


      • Planner47
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 57

        looks great stuffed. I never stuffed fish. my fav is cobia and specks. being from pa I only get these when I go to the obx for a couple weeks in the summer. get my fish Alaska salmon the rest of the year. great for smoke. that snapper looks great.


        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 4697
          • Northern Virginia
          • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
            Dot w two probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          Super nice! Thanks for sharing.


          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 7171
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            Interesting, the only parts of Texas I’ve seen are the Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso areas. Anything else I’ve just read about or “seen pitchers”. I did manage to buy some red snapper from my fish guy who comes up from Galveston. Wife & I were just talking about them (in the freezer) & you post this. I now know exactly what to do with em’. Thanks.


            • Troutman
              Troutman commented
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              I’m 90 miles from Galveston and own a beach house down there. Speck was caught in a Galveston West Bay behind my house !!!
          • Mudkat
            Club Member
            • Feb 2017
            • 2130
            • At a river near me, MD
            • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
              Weber 22" Kettel
              Weber Smokey Joe (2)
              One Grill 45" Rotisserie
              Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
              Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
              Cast Iron 9" Skillet
              Cast Iron 12" Skillet
              Weber 22 Grill Grates
              Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

            Great write up and to smoke the Snapper and Speck!


            • CandySueQ
              KCBS President, and Moderator
              • Jul 2014
              • 1536
              • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

              Love some Snapper! That stuffing recipe looks great! Any time I'm down Pensacola way, I shop at Joe Patti Seafood and most always make it home with a Snapper or two for the freezer.

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              • Troutman
                Troutman commented
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                Nice lookin CSQ. I do the same on my gasser....
            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 11860
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                Pizza insert
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                lots of probes.

              That cook looks like a winner.


              • bardsleyque
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 574
                • Snoqualmie Wa.

                Troutman writes about fish? go figure! That makes me hungry!!!


                • Troutman
                  Troutman commented
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                  Yea been known to wet a hook every once in a while
              • DWCowles
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 9760
                • Smiths Grove, Ky
                • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.



                • texastweeter
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 2747
                  • Republic of Texas

                  love cooking reds, specs, flounder, and sheepshead on the grill!


                  • Troutman
                    Troutman commented
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                    You know tweeter, I have never cooked a sheepshead, can't stand those teeth, they creep me out !!!

                  • texastweeter
                    texastweeter commented
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                    Headed down there in late January early February. Rent a house on north beach. Probably catch a few then and prepare. I love em!
                • BourBonQ
                  Club Member
                  • Oct 2017
                  • 752
                  • Lowcountry of South Carolina
                  • Pit Barrel Cooker
                    Blaze 32" Gasser with Sear Station and Rotisserie
                    Jenn-Air 6 Burner w/ Dual Oven and Stainless Flat Top
                    Camp Chef Explorer 60EX with Grill Box and Griddle
                    Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
                    Maverick ET-733 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
                    Thermopro TP20 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
                    Anova 900W Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
                    Selection of Grandma's Antique Cast Iron Cookware
                    Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Oyster/Turkey Cooker
                    Weber Standard Size Chimney Starter
                    Foodsaver Vac Sealer

                  That's some worthy Lowcountry gullah cuisine right there!

                  Been a banner year for reds, specks and flounder around these parts. Favorite method for reds is to cook a whole seasoned skin on fillet over hot coals with lid closed, hint of smoke, flip it once and finish with lemon.... good eats!


                  • texastweeter
                    texastweeter commented
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                    Trout is right. Grill em up skin on, man, they are fantastic. I like flounder whole with the skin peeled back to the tail. Season the cavity and meat, and fold skin back. Then grill. Viola

                  • BourBonQ
                    BourBonQ commented
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                    Troutman yes, “on the half shell” is exactly what I was going after, you said it better than I. Those scales and skin create a nice little “steaming dish”, favorite way to cook redfish. Flip it once very carefully to finish.

                    texastweeter, sounds fantastic. I generally score a whole flounder and pan fry in cast iron skillet.

                  • Troutman
                    Troutman commented
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                    Stuff flounder with the same stuffing as above and eat it whole as well. Yummy to the tummy !!!
                • texastweeter
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 2747
                  • Republic of Texas

                  Caught about 250lb spinner shark once. Steaked it out. Didn't have anything with me but traditional BBQ seasonings at the time so cooked it like pork steaks. Man it was excellent!




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