In Gill's Rock at the top of the hill sits Charlie's Smokehouse. Charlie's Smokehouse in open in the winter on weekends and they ship year around. Just give them a call in the off season 920.854.2972 or go to their website to order online. Charlie's is like old school Door County and is truly a Door County treasure.
Meet owner Charlie Voight and son in the Our Door County: Family Made video here:
Owner Charlie Voight's dad started selling chubs on the dock in Gill's Rock in 1932. Charlie worked alongside his dad until 1974 when his dad passed away. Charlie and his wife Bonnie continued running the smokehouse and moved it to it's present location in 1988. They also added smoked whitefish and salmon and eventually made whitefish and salmon spreads (my favorite) Bonnie was there when we visited, but Charlie wandered in as well.
We bought some smoked whitefish and the salmon and whitefish spreads. We were planning on a casual lunch for Sunday so I decided to make a Smoked Whitefish Salad. This is what I did:
1 1/2 pounds smoked whitefish, skinned and boned
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup minced celery
1 cup good mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper