A Grill’s Best Friend: The Cedar Plank

 

Cedar Plank Salmon

My cedar plank salmon with fresh herbs

Oh jeez, oh jeez! Summer is just around the corner and I’m already smackin’ my lips thinking about all the delicious things I want to throw on the BBQ. Fancy grilling tools like spatulas in the shape of American flags, pig-shaped BBQs, or inappropriate aprons like the ones with naked man or human-sized turkey print (my preferred choices) are obviously important, but all my votes go to the cedar grilling plank as the most essential BBQ accessory.

I soak the cedar planks in water for 4 hours (to keep them from burning), then place a simply-seasoned salmon filet on top before placing on the grill. The woody aromas completely penetrate the salmon; the tree sap caramelizes around the filet and it’s just **sigh**… yea…wow. Amazing. You must try it.

Food52’s ears must be burning because they are  featuring a 4-pack of grilling planks on their Provisions website right now and One King’s Lane is featuring a Plank Grilling Cookbook. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Cedar Plank 4-pack

Food52’s Grilling 4-pack. Photo by James Ransom

 

ZCedar Plank Grilling

One King’s Lane is selling Plank Grilling by Dina Guillen

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