Re: smoked steelhead
Like the others, I've got no idea what PR does with theirs. But also like the others, I do not want to eat a steelhead that somebody else caught and did who-knows-what with it.
Anywho, carpcatcher have you smoked steelhead before and just looking for something new to try? Or are you brand new at it?
I've done wet and dry brines. Long, slow smoke and quicker hot smoke. I like 'em both ways and both are pretty easy. Like BT said, taking the pin bones out BEFORE cooking is the way to go. Kind of a pain in the butt, but you'll be glad you did. Tons of brining tactics online. Most of the time, I wet brine: water, pickling salt and brown sugar. I like to dust a little cajun seasoning and brown sugar on it after it dries and while it smokes.
My new favorite ways to serve it, other than just eating it as a main dish, is to make a seafood chowder with the steelhead in place of the seafood. It's also really, really good for fish tacos with some nice veggies and sauce.