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Smoked Carp vs. Smoked Buffalo

  • boone
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    Woodbury, MN
    Posts: 827
    #2107797

    I realize everyone’s taste buds are unique, but for those who have tried both smoked carp and smoked buffalo, is there much of a difference? Which do you consider to be better?

    I do enjoy an occasional piece of smoked carp. I’m just wondering if I catch a buffalo, if I should try smoking it.

    BCNeal
    Participant
    Bloomington, MN
    Posts: 288
    #2107800

    In my opinion smoked buffalo is far superior to smoked carp.

    Brian Klawitter
    Keymaster
    Minnesota/Wisconsin Mississippi River
    Posts: 58767
    #2107808

    I haven’t had buffalo, but I’ve tried common carp. Nope.

    Smoked Silver Carp (of the Asian Carp variety) is awesome! If it wasn’t for the name and the bones it would be served at McDonalds.

    FishBlood&RiverMud
    Participant
    Prescott
    Posts: 6255
    #2107811

    Fulda game and fish club always did a smoked carp feed. When I was a boy dad seined and I annoyed the crew while they butchered. Our farm kept all the guts through the winter to be buried in spring.

    Never ate a piece until I was over 18yrs old. Dangit it’s good!! Like turkey.
    Those where common carp.

    Very basic recipe I can share if you like.

    Dan, can I make a guess that they’re seining in Prescott already? But seems a little early yet.

    Never had buffalo but hear good things.

    Hope your doing good bud!!

    Brad Dimond
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    Posts: 918
    #2107813

    Never had buffalo but carp is good if taken through the ice or on the spring spawning run. Any time other than that it is good for fertilizer only.

    stevenoak
    Participant
    Posts: 1362
    #2107821

    Since I discovered northern smoking. Haven’t smoked carp for 40 years. As I remember the preference to buffalo over common carp, was whiter meat. Hey BK. Not saying a lot, to say Mc Donalds would sell something as meat.

    buckybadger
    Participant
    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 4195
    #2107905

    I had smoked carp from an uncle when I was younger fairly regularly. I never complained about it and thought it was decent. He’s since passed and it has been a long time. I may have to beg the neighbor to smoke some for me one of these years and try it again.

    From what I vaguely remember it was caught in the Spring. I agree with what was said above that any time after once the water warms carp was best used as fertilizer.

    steve k
    Participant
    buffalo co. wi.
    Posts: 217
    #2107913

    i smoke and eat both but i think buffalo is much better but i try to get both from the coolest water possible or earliest in spring as possible.
    the buffalo has a whiter milder flesh in my opinion. toast

    Brian Klawitter
    Keymaster
    Minnesota/Wisconsin Mississippi River
    Posts: 58767
    #2107923

    I will say the only smoked common carp I had was a 22 pounder. The only thing it was good for was to make my truck smell better.

    I’ve been told since that carp up to 6 pounds are good for smoking.

    boone
    Participant
    Woodbury, MN
    Posts: 827
    #2107962

    Dan, can I make a guess that they’re seining in Prescott already? But seems a little early yet.

    Never had buffalo but hear good things.

    Hi Andy,

    I haven’t been by Prescott recently but I’d guess the ice is still pretty thick on the St. Croix where the commercial fishermen seine. The reason I ask about carp vs. buffalo is that it seems like this time of year I catch some of each incidental to walleye fishing. If I get a buffalo this spring out of the cold water, I’m going to save it. I’ve probably just jinxed myself now and won’t catch either.

    If you want to send a recipe, that would be great. In the past, I just soaked the halves in a cooler filled with water and a lot of ice cubes and some canning salt over night. I can’t remember if I used apple or hickory wood but it turned out good.

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