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