How to Use a Grilling Plank

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

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

Step 1 Choose plank Choose only untreated western red cedar, hickory, alder, or maple planks for 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.

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.