One of the most delicious (and easy!) methods of grilling meat on a barbeque involves the use of wooden planks.
If you have had meat cooked this way, you know what I am talking about; if you haven’t, then you are in for a treat!
Essentially, the smoke created from a plank sitting above the lit burners infuses the meat with a delicate flavor. Most grocery stores now carry planks specifically designed for the grill, but you can also use untreated and well sanded boards that you make yourself. Cedar is very common, and is fantastic for salmon, but many other types of wood are delicious as well. Maple and Alder also add a delicate flavor to pork, lamb, or chicken.
How to Use a Plank for Grilling
- Soak it in water for at least an hour. Pat dry
- Preheat your grill on high
- Coat both sides of the plank with olive or vegetable oil (you can also use flavoured oils on the top side of the plank) and placed the meat on it
- Place the plank on the rack directly above the burner
- Reduce the heat to medium low and cook the meat until done
Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sesame butter (tahini)
- 1 cup soy sauce
- Salmon filets
- White wine (enough to get a nice creamy consistency)
- Coat the salmon with a light dusting of salt and pepper
- Mix the ingredients in a bow, adding enough wine to make a creamy consistency (you want to be able to drizzle it)
- Coat the salmon filets with the sauce
- Arrange the salmon on the prepared plank and place the planks on the grill (see above for how to prepare and use the plank)
- Close the lid and cook for 15 – 20 minutes. The fish should be opaque and flaky when touched with a fork. You don’t want to overcook the salmon.
Enjoy! If you have a favourite plank grilling recipe, send it to me! I would love to share it with all of you.
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