- 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