Cedar plank grilling is a home chef’s dream – a virtual test kitchen embodied in a simple cedar plank. While plank grilling is very easy, there are many ways to experiment with this cooking method. Here are some ideas to get you started:

timerExperiment with timing

• For salmon, soak the plank for 20 minutes. For ribs or other meat that is on the grill longer, soak the plank for two hours. Remember, you can presoak the plank and store in the freezer for later use.

Experiment with flavor

• We’ve told you to soak the plank in plain water. Guess what? You can experiment with that, too! Try mixing one part water with one part of something else – like wine, fruit juice or beer. Use your imagination to create your own special flavoring.

• To enhance the flavor transfer of the cedar into the food, rub the soaked plank with coarse salt.

• Try something easy! Use bottled teriyaki sauce or a vinaigrette salad dressing to season salmon and vegetables.

• For the best results and flavor, do not open the grill lid too often! A closed grill prevents heat loss and flavor-enhancing smoke.

Experiment with variety

• TrueFire Gourmet® Grilling Planks are ideal for grilling salmon on the grill.

• Our grilling planks also work wonders with ribs, chicken, vegetables and fruit. Check out our recipe section for creative ideas to get you started.

• Double-up: try loading a plank with an entrée and a side dish. For example, grilling vegetables alongside salmon is mouthwateringly delicious!

A time-saving tip: If you fall in love with cedar plank grilling and do it frequently, you can pre-soak and freeze the planks ahead of time. The planks defrost quickly when placed on the hot grill!