Alaska is a beautiful place, filled with bountiful harvests. In the spring we fish for Hooligan.
Hooligan, or Candle Fish, are a blast to catch! You can fill a 5 gallon bucket in less than an hour.
There are various ways to enjoy these little omega-rich fish. Pan frying fresh Hooligan is always tasty. Serve with crackers, sliced tomatoes, and a cold beer. Oh Yeah…
However, in our house, the preferred method is smoked.
:: Mix the Brine
1 Cup Canning & Pickling Salt (Green Box)
3 Cups Brown Sugar
6 Cups Water
Stir to Dissolve
Add Hooligan to brine and let marinate in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. A good trick is to vacuum-pack the hooligan and brine… less chance for a mess in your fridge.
:: Grill & De-Bone
:: Pressure Jar with Jalapeño Slices
Jarred smoked Hooligan is delicious straight out of the jar on a cracker, or in a dip. I am making stuffed mushrooms with smoked hooligan in a few days… stay tuned!