This is by far, my favorite company meal. We eat this salmon very often. It is so tender and delicious. Everyone I have served it to has always loved it - even children. Don't be afraid of the cayenne pepper - this is not a spicy dish. The original version of this recipe actually called for more cayenne (3/4 tsp.) which you are welcome to try if you like it a bit more spicy. The salmon called for in this recipe is a whole side of a fish - do not cut up until after it is cooked. The skin acts as a moisture protector on the grill and also helps hold the fish together- it can be removed after cooking, if you prefer. Adapted from a similar recipe in Quick Cooking magazine.
- In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter, lemon juice, dill, and cayenne pepper, mixing well.
- Pour 1/2 cup of this sauce into a small saucepan- once the fish is in its final 5 minutes of cooking time, heat this until warm and pour over cooked fish.
- Set aside the remaining unheated sauce to use for basting the fish as you grill.
- Place the salmon, skin side down, on a large platter and season with lemon pepper seasoning and sea salt to taste.
- Note: If your lemon-pepper seasoning already contains salt, then don't add the extra salt.
- Lightly brush grill grates with some oil and heat grill to medium.
- Carefully slide salmon off of the platter and onto the grill, skin side down,using a large metal spatula to help.
- Cover grill and cook fish, undisturbed, for 5 minutes exactly.
- Baste liberally with the reserved basting sauce, re-cover, and cook another 10-15 minutes- basting every 5 minutes.
- Use up all of the basting sauce (Don't forgot to heat up the 1/2 cup reserved sauce from before).
- Fish is ready when it begins to flake and is starting to appear as if milk is seeping out.
- Carefullly remove to a fresh,clean platter and pour the 1/2 cup sauce you had simmering on the stove over the top of the fish.