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How to Grill on a Cedar Plank

How to Grill on a Cedar Plank

Cedar plank grilling is an easy. Follow these simple steps to get this grilling technique just right. Plank grilling gives meat the flavor imparted by a smoker with the convenience of a grill. Be sure to prepare your Cedar Plank properly to increase moisture for cooking and prevent burning.

1. Choose a Cedar Grilling Plank Click Here

2.  Take these steps to prepare your cedar-grilling plank:

  • Rinse the plank with water to remove any dust.
  • Fill a sink or other large container with water.
  • Submerge the plank in the water, placing a weight on top of it.
  • Soak the plank for 1 to 4 hours.

Tip: Enhance the plank's flavor by adding 1-tablespoon salt to the water and if desired, you may also stir in 1/2-cup apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, citrus or berry juice, or flavored liqueur to add more flavor.

Tip: Soak your planks ahead of time and store them in your freezer. Thaw the plank by soaking it in hot water for 6-10 minutes.

3. Prepare the meat – Search for recipes online

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Step 4: Prepare the grill for direct grilling

For a charcoal grill: Light coals using lighter fluid, an electric starter, or a chimney starter. (If using lighter fluid, wait 1 minute before igniting the fire.) Let the fire burn until the coals are covered with a light coating of gray ash. Arrange coals evenly across the bottom of the grill, covering an area 3 inches larger on all sides than the plank.

For a gas grill: To light a gas grill, open the lid. Turn the gas valve to "on" and ignite the grill as directed by the manufacturer. Turn the burners on high. Close the lid and preheat the grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.

4. Time to grill

Place the plank on the grill rack and allow it to preheat for about 3 minutes, or until it begins to crackle and smoke. Lay the meat onto the plank, cover the grill, and allow the meat to cook for 18 to 35 minutes, depending on its thickness and type of meat you using. 

Tip: The plank should be approximately 8 inches from the heat. If you do not have control over the plank height, closely monitor the meat while on the grill to make sure it doesn't overcook. Always have a spray bottle of water on hand to extinguish any flames.