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Old 08-17-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Can cedar planks be used in the oven?

I've seen a number of recipes for cedar plank salmon that say that you can also do it in the oven. Is this a wise thing to do? Wouldn't the smoke cause a problem in the oven?

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Old 08-17-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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the directions on ours said you could. since they burned up on the grill, i'll never know ....
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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See, that is my concern exactly. Is it a good idea to have something burn up in your oven?
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:47 PM   #4
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You've got to soak the planks first, did you do that MW?
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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oh, i soaked them all right. directions said 2-3 hours; we soaked them for FIVE. biggest bunch a smoke you ever saw ...
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Wow - I guess it's not ok then...glad I could help
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:06 PM   #7
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Cedar planks in an over would probably be safe - but mostly ineffective. The flavor comes from the cedar being heated up to the point that the resin in the wood begins to melt and contribute to the smoke - and the flavor really comes from the smoke. That is why the cedar planks are soaked in water - to produce smoke and reduce burning (like soaking hickory wood chips to use for smoking something) when used over a bed of coals on a grill/campfire.

You can achieve a similar result if you have access to some red cedar to build your fire ... the cedar provides a "sweetness" to the smoke that you will not get from other resinous woods - like pine (which IMHO is just nasty).

I also like to marinate a piece of cow like a round steak in peach/apricot/blackberry brandy or bourbon ... then cook over a bed or red cedar coals ... so sweet it almost hurts your teeth.
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I shoved my plank in this tiny kiln last night. It barely fit. Fish turned out good.

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #9
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Thumbs up Yes, I have Planked in the Oven

I soaked my cedar planks for about 2 hours. My oven was already preheated to 450F. I brushed them with a little olive oil and placed my stuffed salmon fillets on top. after about 7 minutes I checked them I had smoke. Not too much, I simply opened the balcony and cracked the oven every couple of minutes. After about 4 more minutes I reduced the heat to 300F added my garlic bread. Soon I had a wonderful dinner I had the cedar planks that are still shaped like the natural tree and we ate right off of them.
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