Honey Garlic Salmon

  • By: Jack Mancuso

Honey Garlic Salmon - Cuso Cuts

It’s easy to turn up your nose to salmon until you’ve had it prepared properly. This Honey Garlic Salmon recipe, fresh out of my vaults, is the one that started me on a lifelong love affair with salmon at the age of 16. Since then, I’ve tinkered with all kinds of salmon concoctions, including salmon burnt ends (yes, really). 

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fats. While it’s healthy for you, the buttery texture is hard to ignore. Salmon isn’t as expensive as other seafood, yet feels luxurious. If you’re using this as a main dish, you want about ½ lb of fish per person. As a snacking food, you can cut that in half.

Honey Garlic Salmon Ingredients



2 tbsp chili oil

1 cup honey barbecue sauce (your choice)

2 tbsp minced garlic

Crackers or crostini

Honey Garlic Salmon Instructions

  1. Set your smoker for 225
  2. Dust the salmon with CUSO’S SPICY GARLIC BUFFALO BBQ RUB
  3. Mix together the chili oil, barbecue sauce, and garlic
  4. Apply the mixture evenly to the surface of the salmon. Leave some in reserve for when the fish comes out of the smoker
  5. Smoke for 3-4 hours (the salmon will be pull-apart flaky)
  6. Brush once more with the reserved sauce
  7. Serve with a fork for flaking and crackers or crostini.

PitMaster’s Memo: Salmon Flavor Pairings

If you haven’t cooked salmon often, you might wonder what flavors marry with this type of fish. On the sweet end of the spectrum, think orange juice, honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. If you want something for a bright finish, look to lemon and lime. Your choice of spicy elements includes garlic, ginger, horseradish, onion, sesame, smoked paprika, and chili. For milder herbs, took to dill, chives, and mint.

What about fruit? Try mango, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, and apple. For vegetables, there’s asparagus, beans, bok choi, broccolini, cabbage, carrot, escarole, snap peas with mushroom, spinach, and sweet potato fries.

Side Dishes

Balsamic baby carrots

Cilantro lime rice

Creamy cucumber salad

Grilled green beans

Lemon Couscous

Roasted tomatoes with feta

From the Bar


Ginger beer





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