Grandpa Don’s Barbecued Salmon Recipe

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barbecued salmon on a white plate, with lemon slices and herbs

Every July 4th my grandfather made his fresh caught, barbecued salmon for our family barbecue. It was such a treat that no one-not even the teenagers-ever missed the annual family get-together!


  • 1 large salmon fillet
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Alder chips (optional). They add a certain smoky flavor my grandpa liked.


  1. Place fillet skin side down on a large piece of tin foil.
  2. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.
  3. Cover Fillet with brown sugar and pat gently.
  4. Repeat lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  5. Bring foil up around fillet and seal.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet or in a pan and refrigerate overnight. (12 hours)
  7. When ready to cook your barbecued salmon:

  8. Melt butter in small sauce pan and add soy sauce.
  9. Spray grills with non-stick cooking spray.
  10. Heat grill/charcoal to Medium. (Add alder chips to charcoal)
  11. Place fillet, skin side down, on grill and baste top with butter/soy mixture.
  12. Salmon fillet on the grill
  13. Cook until skin begins to brown and crisp up a little.
  14. Using a large spatula, (maybe 2) turn fillet over and cook just until grill marks appear.
  15. Return fillet to a large piece of foil, skin side down, cupping the edges of the foil to keep the basting sauce from running down into your fire.
  16. Barbequed salmon grilling on a piece of foil.
  17. Place back on grill and cook until fish is no longer shiny inside and flakes nicely. Continue basting several more times while cooking.
  18. When fish is done, remove from grill and wrap foil up around fish to keep warm until serving.
  19. ENJOY!
Barbecued salmon fillet on a white plate with lemon slices