Grilling Planks add a Smoky Bonus to Barbecuing

Grilling Planks Add A Smoky Bonus To Barbecuing

In the event you have notheard the term plankingbefore in connection ...More
In the event you have notheard the term plankingbefore in connection withgrilling you may bemissing out on yetanother great way todazzle your favoritepeople using your grillmagic. Planking is saidto have begun with nativeAmerican Indians locatedin the Pacific Northwest.They used wooden planksto pin their salmon toafter which arranged theplanks around an openflame to enhance smokeflavor while slow-cookingthe salmon. Less

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If you've not heard the term planking before in relation to grilling you might be passing up on yet another great opportunity to dazzle your favorite people using your grill magic. So long as native Americans have been around, planking has been used for cooking. It's believed to have begun in the great Pacific Northwestern region of the US. They used wooden planks to pin their salmon to and then arranged the planks around an open flame to enhance smoke flavor while slow-cooking the salmon.
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Grilling planks is a superb way to add another dimension to your outdoor grilling. Planking is not a new technique but a possibility often missed. So long as native Americans have been around, planking has been used for cooking. It's said to have begun in the great Pacific Northwestern region of the US. They used wooden planks to attach their salmon to after which arranged the planks around an open flame to enhance smoke flavor while slow-cooking the salmon.

When food, like vegetables, fruits or meats are placed on a wood plank's surface, the smoking of the heated wood transfers the taste of that wood to the food. You can find different kinds of wood that can be used as grilling planks but all will be a hardwood species.

Soaking a wood plank prior to placing it on a grill rack is required. No planks are placed directly over hot coals or an open flame. A grill needs to be pre-heated to around 400 degrees before adding a soaked plank to a grill grate and the plank itself heated in the covered grill for about 3 minutes before food is placed on top.

Food is not turned during the cooking process when planking because it is not exposed to direct heat as it would be sitting on a grill rack. Not only does your food get the bonus of a subtle smoked flavor but you also get the benefit of convection heating. The indirect heating is best suited for gas grills as opposed to charcoal grills.

You can buy cedar planks for grilling at just about any big box retailer, hardware store or online. Temperatures for planking with cedar should be around 350 degrees to keep the cedar plank edges from burning.

Cleaning a reusable cedar is as easy as grilling on it. Simply scrub in hot water with a stout brush. The grilling process will kill and bacteria on the board when heated so no soap is needed when cleaning. Be sure to use the same side of the plank to put your food on every time.

You do not want to season or oil a cedar plank. It prohibits the plank from absorbing the water it needs to produce tasty results. Since oil or meat fats prevent water absorption a good scrub after each use will ensure future success. Inadequate soaking may also cause burning of the wood impacting the flavor of the food and reuse of the grill plank.

You are probably wondering if you could use any type of wood available as a grilling plank and the answer is it's not recommended. You certainly don't want to run the risk of using woods that may have been treated with an unknown.Treated woods can be highly poisonous and some cedars (eastern cedar or white cedar) contain resins which are toxic. While a hardware store may stock flat roofing shingles that might mimic an ideal plank, many are treated with harmful chemicals to retard fire and are not sanitary enough for grilling. Also the unevenness of shingles can make moisture drain away from the food and possibly lead to flare ups. Why run the risk of ruining the food you wanted to make an impression with?

Another tip to remember is that not all cedars (the preferred wood for grilling planks) are the same. Avoid any eastern cedar, inland cedar or white cedar species. These particular species of high sap content that adds a bitter flavor to food with any leaching sap being an unsanitary addition to your meal. Red western cedar makes the best plank for grilling.

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Posted on: 04:19 PM - 01 Aug 13

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In the event you have not heard the term planking before in connection with grilling you may be missing out on yet another great way to dazzle your favorite people using your grill magic. Planking is said to have begun with native American Indians located in the Pacific Northwest. They used wooden planks to pin their salmon to after which arranged the planks around an open flame to enhance smoke flavor while slow-cooking the salmon.
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