2½ pounds tuna steaks
2 bay leaves
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup dry white wine
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon soy sauce
cherry or apple wood chips
*4 steaks of 10 ounces or 5 steaks of 8 ounces. Steaks should be about 1½” thick.
Serves 4. Takes 6 hours.
Add bay leaves, brown sugar, dry white wine, lemon juice, pepper, and soy sauce to large
mixing bowl. Blend thoroughly with whisk. Add tuna. Make sure to add enough water to cover tuna steaks. Cover and put in refrigerator for 3 hours. 15 minutes before steaks have finished marinating, preheat smoker to 220 degrees.
Brush grills in smoker with vegetable oil. This prevents the fish from sticking. Remove tuna steaks from mixing bowl and pat dry with paper towels. Place tuna on wire rack. Put steaks and rack in refrigerator for 45 minutes.
When temperature of smoker reaches 220 degrees, place tuna steaks on grills. Smoke tuna until its internal temperature reaches your desired temperature. (Rare = 110 degrees, medium rare = 125 to 135, medium = 140 to 145, well done = 145 degrees, USDA minimum safe temperature = 145 degrees.) It should take 2 hours, depending on your smoker. The tuna steaks turn light brown and flake easily.
1) This dish takes a long time punctuated by intermittent checking. May I suggest reading an engrossing novel, by a lake. Chill out, you magnificent chef.
Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.
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