Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Planked Salmon for SUPER Taste!
When you are learning how to use a smoker, consider the super simple "planking" of your food.
For instance, I love to use a cedar plank for cooking salmon on the grill ... it takes a lot less time than traditional smoking, but the flavor is outstanding!
This is so simple to do. Next time you are at the lumber yard you can buy a plank of untreated cedar and have them cut it into pieces .... or you can take it home and do it yourself .... Now if this seems like too much work, you can always buy the cedar planks online ....
Tomlinson Cedar Plank 12 Pack, 1/4 Inch x 6 Inch x 8 Inch are great to use and no hassle at all!
The key to any plankcooking is too soak your plank for about an hour before you plan to use it .... remember, you want the aromatic smoke not an all out fire! If your wood does catch on fire, just a spritz of water should take care of the situation!
I like to oil up the salmon and then sprinkle with S & P ... some people like to add things like sliced onions, fresh dill, lemons and so on. You are only limited by your imagination!
Get your grill hot ... about 400 degrees and then place your planked salmon on the indirect heat (next to the flame) depending on the thickness it should take about 15-20 minutes to get to a delicious medium. You never want to over cook your salmon and dry it out ... it should be juicy and bursting with flavor .... OH MY .... my mouth is watering just thinking about it ... lol!
Planking also is great for an outdoor presentation .... really gives your guests that Pacific Northwest ambiance .... I remember growing up in Seattle and attending large Indian gatherings where this type of smoked fish was the star of the show.
Remember, when you are learning how to use a smoker be creative, have fun and enjoy your outside time.