Grill Fabulous Smoke-Seasoned Meals
Turn up the heat to enjoy Pacific Northwest-style flavor from wood grilling planks
This natural cooking method is now popular worldwide for fish, meat, and poulty--even pizza and fruit!
"Grilling on a plank perfectly captures the essence of Pacific Northwest flavor," says chef Greg Atkinson, author of Entertaining in the Northwest Style. Originating with the region's native people who roasted salmon on aromatic cedar and alder planks, natural wood oils and moisture add subtle flavor while keeping grilled foods succulent and tender. This natural cooking method is now popular worldwide for fish, meat, and poultry--even pizza and fruit!
Choose a wood grilling plank for distinctive flavor
Use only untreated wood planks for grilling. Different woods offer distinct flavors. Select a signature style or try them all.
Follow these guidelines for successful plank grilling
Grilling planks are easy to use and versatile, their smoky flavor enhancing a wide variety of foods from herb-stuffed trout and salmon to new potatoes, corn on the cob, London broil, scallops, and more. Whether you cook with gas or charcoal, the following tips will ensure delicious results.
Judith H. Dern is an independent writer living in Seattle, WA, who adores cedar plank-grilled Copper River salmon.