Cedar planks for grilling

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Forum topic by Michigander posted 05-19-2012 12:32 AM 1478 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2012 12:32 AM

Maybe this has been asked, but I couldn’t find anything on the subject. Lowes and others sell a package of cedar planks that you use to grill fish on. You soak the cedar and then put on the grill for 5 minutes to get the wood hot. Put your salmon or whatever on the plank and cook. The wood smokes and gives the fish a nice smokey flavor. Unfortunately, Lowes charges about $8.00 for 4 planks. If I knew what type of cedar to buy I could make my own for a fraction. Obviously don’t want to use the wrong wood and poison the fam., so do you know what I could use to smoke.

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#1 posted 05-19-2012 12:53 AM

Western Red cedar, Thuja plicata. Also red alder, Alnus rubra, makes very fine grilling planks.

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 05:13 AM

We use the western red cedar fence boards. We pick out the cleanest boards and give them a light sanding before we use them. Soak them in some water and they are good to go. Much, much cheaper than what they sell in the BBQ department for essentially the same thing.


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#3 posted 05-19-2012 12:02 PM

Thanks Guys, Guess it’s off to the lumber yard for some western red cedar. Thanks for the information!
Here comes the salmon, here comes the salmon!

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 12:07 PM

I’ve used just about every type of cedar there is. I like the Western Red Cedar the best. Some types give the fish an acrid/acidic twang.

While living here in Texas, I’ve been using the local Texas Dark Cedar which is really a Mountain Juniper.

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