Albacore Tuna // Hot Smoke
A favourite here at the Smokery, I generally hot smoke to cook it through and achieve the delicious product we know and recognise. If you get a piece with the belly on, don’t share it with anybody else, as this particular morsel is amongst the prized delicacies of the ocean!
Albacore is highly seasonal in Irish waters, appearing in late summer in large numbers and is caught by the local vessels of the south west of Ireland. Unlike yellowfin and bluefin tuna which most of us recognise, albacore is white-fleshed, smaller than other specii and there is a reasonable quota for the Irish fleet.
During the 1980s when salmon stocks started to decline, I actively sought alternative fatty fish. The local boats had started fishing for albacore which Spanish and French vessels had been fishing for off the Irish coast for decades. As it has a good fat content, this lends itself fabulously to the smoking process.
Especially good mixed with home-made mayo and capers, flaked into a salad, or just as is on a picnic.