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 Have you grilled catfish? Smoked it? any tips welcome
FordGuy  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:16:21 AM EST
Going to catch some big cats out of my pond and use the smoker - Never done that before. Any temperature/time suggestions?
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TX_Metal  [Member]
9/26/2012 11:33:00 AM EST

Smoked catfish, hmmm seems interesting. . . .
Any particular reason you don't want to blacken or fry it? Or just looking for something different?
andrasik  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:33:58 AM EST
I can't imagine smoked catfish being any good.
Skammy  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:41:00 AM EST
I've had grilled catfish once.. I couldn't take a second bite of it
AJK07734  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:42:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By andrasik:
I can't imagine smoked catfish being any good.


Besides, how would you keep it lit????
TX_Metal  [Member]
9/26/2012 11:44:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By AJK07734:
Originally Posted By andrasik:
I can't imagine smoked catfish being any good.


Besides, how would you keep it lit????



Gonna go ahead and have to ask you to stop that right now
jeremyt  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:44:39 AM EST
I do it often.
It's really good if they are Blue Cats or Flatheads. Trim, trim and then trim some more. Leave NO fat or red meat on the fillet and they will be very good.

Channel cat....not so much.
TxRabbitBane  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:44:46 AM EST
cornmeal, hot grease

Sorry man, there's just no other way
TwistedSister  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:46:21 AM EST
Blackened.
FordGuy  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:46:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By TX_Metal:

Smoked catfish, hmmm seems interesting. . . .
Any particular reason you don't want to blacken or fry it? Or just looking for something different?


well we found a very nice grill in a second hand store and discovered it was a 2k grill /smoker - so we are trying to cook everything on it, to not heat up the house. The warm oven keeps the kitchen warm until the next day.

TX_Metal  [Member]
9/26/2012 11:46:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By TxRabbitBane:
cornmeal, hot grease

Sorry man, there's just no other way


This or blackened are the only ways catfish is meant to be consumed
andrasik  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:47:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By TwistedSister:
Blackened.


IN THE END
WINTER IT WILL SEND
THROWING ALL YOU SEE
INTO ETERNITYYYYY
DEATH OF MOTHER EARTH
NEVER A REBIRTH
EVOLUTION'S END
NEVER WILL IT MEND

Ponyboy  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:47:19 AM EST
Smoked catfish is awesome, so is smoked striper. We usually put some rubs on it and then put it in the smoker for a while until it's done. It doesn't take long, just check it often. Definitely don't want to over cook it.
PlaneJane  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:48:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By Skammy:
I've had grilled catfish once.. I couldn't take a second bite of it

One of the local restaurants has lemon pepper grilled catfish. So good it'd make a rabbit hug a hound.
TxRabbitBane  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:50:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By TX_Metal:
Originally Posted By TxRabbitBane:
cornmeal, hot grease

Sorry man, there's just no other way


This or blackened are the only ways catfish is meant to be consumed


blackened is acceptable, when redfish is unavailable and you don't feel like heating up the grease
TX_Metal  [Member]
9/26/2012 11:50:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By FordGuy:
Originally Posted By TX_Metal:

Smoked catfish, hmmm seems interesting. . . .
Any particular reason you don't want to blacken or fry it? Or just looking for something different?


well we found a very nice grill in a second hand store and discovered it was a 2k grill /smoker - so we are trying to cook everything on it, to not heat up the house. The warm oven keeps the kitchen warm until the next day.



Ahhhh that makes sense
Wish i could help, but I got nothin
May be worth it though to get some salmon and smoke it
AJK07734  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:50:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By TX_Metal:
Originally Posted By AJK07734:
Originally Posted By andrasik:
I can't imagine smoked catfish being any good.


Besides, how would you keep it lit????



Gonna go ahead and have to ask you to stop that right now


I'll be here all week...Dont forget to tip your Waitress!!!!
AJK07734  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:52:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By FordGuy:
Originally Posted By TX_Metal:

Smoked catfish, hmmm seems interesting. . . .
Any particular reason you don't want to blacken or fry it? Or just looking for something different?


well we found a very nice grill in a second hand store and discovered it was a 2k grill /smoker - so we are trying to cook everything on it, to not heat up the house. The warm oven keeps the kitchen warm until the next day.



Don't blame you, if it cant go on the grill from Mid-June through mid Sept, we try not to make it...
SeanTX  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:52:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By andrasik:
Originally Posted By TwistedSister:
Blackened.


IN THE END
WINTER IT WILL SEND
THROWING ALL YOU SEE
INTO ETERNITYYYYY
DEATH OF MOTHER EARTH
NEVER A REBIRTH
EVOLUTION'S END
NEVER WILL IT MEND



NEVAAAAAAAHHHH!
StevesZZ5  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 11:52:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By TxRabbitBane:
cornmeal, hot grease

Sorry man, there's just no other way


I'm not the best cook, but when I cornmeal the hell out of them and pan-fry them in grease, they come out awesome.

A local member's club here stocks nice blue cats,, and I caught a half dozen 2 pounders. They turned out really good.
Tboy  [Member]
9/26/2012 12:06:39 PM EST
I've seasoned & added some lemon, wrapped in foil and placed on the grill. Farm raised catfish is very good.
TxRabbitBane  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 12:39:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By SeanTX:
Originally Posted By andrasik:
Originally Posted By TwistedSister:
Blackened.


IN THE END
WINTER IT WILL SEND
THROWING ALL YOU SEE
INTO ETERNITYYYYY
DEATH OF MOTHER EARTH
NEVER A REBIRTH
EVOLUTION'S END
NEVER WILL IT MEND



NEVAAAAAAAHHHH!


dugadugadugadugadugadug... GO....
Wetawded87  [Member]
9/26/2012 12:45:55 PM EST
Grill it in a skillit my friend! Some lemon pepper and Tonys = GTG
338winmag  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 12:57:49 PM EST
We cook it on the grill all the time. Like this.

I use some flattened expanded metal that I got from work.
I spray the expanded metal with pam.
Rinse the fillets in water and pat dry.
Sprinkle lightly with barbeque rub.
Place 2nd piece of flattened expanded metal on top of fillets and secure with wire.
Place on grill for 5 minutes
Turn over and cook for 3 minutes.
Remove from grill and unwire expanded metal.
Remove fillets using a spatula
Profit enjoy
goodmedicine  [Dealer]
9/26/2012 1:16:44 PM EST
Smoked catfish is great.

Fillet leaving the skin on one side (skin side down on the grate)
Soak over night in fridg in a salt brine.
Put whatever rub you like on the fillets
Smoke at a low temp for three hours. enjoy


GM
Mullah_Atari  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 1:25:21 PM EST
Yeah, don't do it.
FordGuy  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 5:32:40 PM EST
did you see the post directly above yours?
Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
Yeah, don't do it.


Mullah_Atari  [Team Member]
9/26/2012 7:26:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By FordGuy:
did you see the post directly above yours?
Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
Yeah, don't do it.



I've actually done it. Catfish is best fried. I'll happily grill sunfish (bluegill, bass, etc.) and crappie, but catfish is for frying. It's like Okra in that way. Some people boil it, but it ruins the texture.
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