This post is brought to you by Oak River Salmon.
Just a few weeks ago I had a hot smoked salmon sandwich. It was my first time tasting hot smoked salmon, which is flakey and moist compared to the lox that most of us are used to. Salmon – particularly wild smoked salmon – is one of my very favorite foods!
Recently a father and son team, Martin Jr. and Martin III, emailed me about their Kickstarter campaign to bring the back porch smoked salmon they have been making for 20 years to the commercial market. They sent me a sample of their Oak River Salmon to try and share with you.
If you love salmon, there is no way this won’t become your go-to party salmon. The Martins say it best themselves:
“Not too salty, not too smoky, not too fishy and not too dry are a winning combination.”
I enjoyed part of a filet over mixed greens for lunch one day topped with some of the amazing dilly lemon caper mustard Martin sent in my package -
I found the filet to be perfectly flakey with lots of smoke flavor, which is one of my favorite trends right now. (Smoked beers, Liquid Smoke, smoked paprika - yum!) It’s definitely not too fishy and delivered all of the salmony taste that sockeye promises. I love that they use wild salmon, too. Martin III has worked for the National Park Service in Alaska and sustainable fishing is important to the two of them.
The next day I served it with a local goat cheese and capers on toast -
If the Kickstarter is funded, Oak River Salmon will be available nationally and shipping will be as affordable as possible for a freshly prepared product on ice, likely $15-20 for the East Coast and slightly higher for the West.
The Martins are doing everything right: they are devoted to reducing and recycling as much as possible and have developed a way to have the dry ice containers shipped back to them with a prepaid label. I simply put the label back on my box and dropped it off at UPS.
“Another part of our plan is to ask all our backers and future customers to send back the shipping container and gel packs so that we can reuse them for another shipment. We will include a postage-paid label to make it easy, and we will give a discount on future orders to those who help us reduce our impact on the environment.”
Their Kickstarter campaign will enable them to start a smokehouse in line with all of the rules and regulations around commercially smoking the salmon and ensuring food safety is top priority.
And if you back with just $25 you get this awesome T-shirt. Love it!!
I pledged a donation through Kickstarter to these guys for their efforts to make a gourmet food in the best way. If you’d like to support them as well, you can do so here.
If you’d like to try out Oak River Salmon yourself, here’s a giveaway! The winner gets a few hot smoked sockeye salmon filets and a jar of dilly mustard to go with them : )
Mazen says two thumbs up!
This post was brought to you by Oak River Salmon.