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Old 03-26-2005, 10:21 PM   #1
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Cedar Plank Grilling

If you're looking for a new grilling idea, walk the plank! Cedar plank grilling infuses food with delicious smoky flavour. The joy of this method is it requires little supervision, so you can spend less time at the barbecue and more time with family and friends. Tracy shares her secrets to mastering this surprisingly simple grill skill.

Follow these easy steps for cedar plank grilling:

1. Immerse plank in water and soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. You may have to weigh plank down with a soup can.

2. Preheat barbecue to medium heat. Using a barbecue or pastry brush, brush one side of plank with vegetable oil. This will help prevent food from sticking to wood. Top plank with meat; place on centre of barbecue grate. Close lid.

3. Barbecue to desired doneness. Check back occasionally to ensure cedar plank doesn't flare up. Spritz any flames with a water bottle if necessary. Brush meat or fish with barbecue sauce during last 20 minutes of barbecuing time.

4. When done, remove meat from plank and turn off barbecue. Let plank cool on barbecue grate before removing.

Plank Basics

Buy untreated cedar planks at your local grocery, specialty food or hardware store. It should measure about 14 x 7 x 1 in.
Be sure to purchase untreated planks to avoid chemical contamination of food.
You don't have to limit yourself to cedar. Try untreated oak, maple, cherry or apple wood planks for different flavours.


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Old 03-26-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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please be especially aware not to buy treated wood of any kind for this. most times, the treated wood has chemicals like arsenic and petrochemicals infused into it, which are not only immediately poisonous but also cancerous.

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Old 04-02-2005, 11:51 PM   #3
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Hahaha ... Rainee ... when I was a kid (back about 3yrs after dirt was created) in the Boy Scouts and went to Wilderness Camp ..... about the only wood we had to cook with was red cedar. We didn't need no stikin' fancy gourmet store "plank"!

And I say that "tongue-in-cheek" 'cause that was all we had to cook with

Cedar plank, or a fire made from cedar wood, definately gives food a unique flavor. One that I still remember was a steak marinated in apple juice (about 2 hours) cooked over a fire of red cedar ... a few years later (when I could buy it) one marinated in apricot brandy was even better!
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Old 07-06-2005, 09:51 AM   #4
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Plank cooking

We have recently talked about plank cooking in the Knox household after our neighbor served up fish that was perfect. He cooked it on a plank in his oven.

Where do you find untreated planks? We have found planks on the internet but most seem expensive (with fancy packaging and logos stamped into them). I looked at the hardware but now have been made aware that "Treated" lumber could kill me.

We just want a reasonably priced plank to cook on. If anyone has any info (or a supplier) on how to acquire a plank on the cheap it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 07-06-2005, 10:05 AM   #5
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I think I saw some at the local Barbeques Galore store.
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Old 07-06-2005, 10:11 AM   #6
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Call around to the different hardware or lumber yards and ask for untreated cedar.
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Old 07-06-2005, 10:35 AM   #7
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Cedar Planks

I bought several Cedar and Alder planks from Barbecues Galore when they were on sale. We grill salmon on cedar and trout on alder and there is NO better tasting fish than wood planked fish. For some reason the fish tastes buttery and smooth with a great subtle taste of wood. I would love to do some pork on applewood since I think Applewood Smoked Bacon is the best in the country, but can't find applewood planks anywhere. Anyone???
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:11 AM   #8
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With all the many things I've tried, especially on the grill, you'd think I'd have tried planking. But alas, I have not. But you bet I'm gonna, and very soon. I'm thinking this weekend would be a good time. I know I've seen cedar planks available in Wal-Mart, in the barbecue section of the gardening dept. I can anticipate the taste now. And this thread is just what I needed to get me going. I've got some bass and trout fillets just waiting in the freezer.

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Old 07-06-2005, 11:36 AM   #9
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check out the fish section, I know I've posted 1 or 2 plank recipes.
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:32 PM   #10
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Rainee, can I follow your instructions if I use my weber gas grill? Thx!

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