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How to Use a Grilling Plank

Enhance the flavor of vegetables, fish, and meat by using a plank while grilling.


  • Step 1: Choose plank Choose only untreated western red cedar, hickory, alder, or maple planks for grilling.
  • TIP: Each wood gives a distinct flavor. Choose wood compatible with the food you're grilling.
  • Step 2: Soak plank Soak the plank in a bucket of water for 1 hour. This will prevent the wood from burning.
  • Step 3: Add accent Add the salt and apple juice, white wine, and berry or citrus juice to the water to accent the wood's aroma and flavor.
  • Step 4: Season plank Season the plank by placing it on a preheated grill for 2 minutes, turning once.
  • TIP: Seasoning prevents the plank from warping and intensifies its flavor.
  • Step 5: Cook food Place the food on the plank when the plank begins to crackle. Without flipping the food, grill it to desired doneness.
  • Step 6: Wash Place the plank in a bucket of water to prevent it from reigniting when your food is done. Wash it with soap and water.
  • Step 7: Reuse plank Store your plank in a dry place. The plank can be reused two or three times. Try out a new recipe, experimenting with different wood types.
  • FACT: The western red cedar tree has been used to make clothes, canoes, shingles, shoe polish, utility poles, and various medicines.

You Will Need

  • A plank
  • A bucket of water
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 c. apple juice
  • 1 c. white wine
  • 1 c. berry or citrus juice

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