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Salmon Smoker Stolen Mid-Smoke From TJ's

Welcome to Eater's latest feature, Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.

tjsmarket.jpgThe TJ's shellfish case. [Photo courtesy Jon Alexis]

Jon Alexis over at TJ's Fresh Seafood Market in North Dallas shares this tale of smoky intrigue in Eater Dallas' inaugural edition of Shit People Steal:

At TJ's Fresh Seafood Market, we smoke our own Hickory & Alder Smoked Salmon. Brine it overnight in granulated garlic, brown sugar, bay leaves, white pepper, cloves and a couple other secret ingredients. Some jackass stole our smoker. WHILE IT WAS SMOKING WITH SALMON IN IT.

While smoking at 200 degrees it's unbelievably hot to the touch, not to mention belching out tons of smoke.

We fantasize they drove off in a van and it filled up with delicious hickory and alder smoke. Unable to see out the front windshield, they drove into a lamp post or tree. Or better yet, maybe someone is walking around with a TJ's logo burned into the palm of their hand...Raiders of the Lost Ark-style.

Ouch! Got more stories of stolen woe? E-mail us.

TJ's Fresh Seafood Market

11661 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

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