July 2nd, 2012

Baked Barbecue Salmon



A couple of years ago I went on a weekend trip to Las Vegas with my mother and sister to celebrate both of their birthdays.  In addition to seeing a show one night, we also made stops at the Titanic exhibit and the Pawn Stars pawn shop that is famous on the History Channel.  And since we stayed at the MGM Grand, we had lunch one day at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, which is right in the hotel.  (You’re probably familiar with Emeril Lagasse from the Food Network).  I ordered the baked salmon which was topped with a layer of barbecue sauce, and I thought it was delicious.  I knew right away that I wanted to try making it at home, but it wasn’t until a year later that I found the barbecue sauce I wanted to use.


The lucky break came when one of our neighbors brought dinner to us one night.  It was pulled pork that he had smoked (in a smoker that he built himself, by the way), and it was absolutely wonderful.  He also brought along a bottle of barbecue sauce that he had made himself.  It was his own recipe.  I hadn’t forgotten about that salmon I had in Las Vegas, and I asked him if I could get his recipe for the barbecue sauce.  I then made a few adjustments to the sauce so that it would be thick enough for this recipe, and it turned out great.  To make this dish, you’ll need salmon fillets, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, ground red pepper, black pepper, mustard powder, liquid smoke, onion powder, and salt.

Preheat the oven to 375.  Place the salmon fillets in a pan or on a baking sheet.  You may want to consider placing some aluminum foil in the bottom of the pan for easier cleanup.  Combine the remaining ingredients to make the barbecue sauce.  If you don’t like spicy foods, I recommend cutting back on the red and black pepper or eliminating them all together.

Pour enough of the barbecue sauce on the salmon to have a good coating.  Use a pastry brush to ensure complete coverage.  It is not necessary to use all of the barbecue sauce.

Bake at 375 until the fish is done.  Cooking time can vary anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes based on personal preference and how thick or thin your fillets are.

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One Response to “Baked Barbecue Salmon”

  1. Your salmon looks very delicious! I just love salmon :)

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