2011 will forever be remembered as "the summer of barbecuing." On that first warm day in April, when I rolled the small, dirty grill out onto the driveway and when, after staring at it for a few minutes, I had to go back inside and ask my mom how they hell you light it, I had no idea that in just a few short months I would have acquired grilling skills to rival those of my father.
And then I would surpass him in skill (Sorry dad, if you're reading this. There was that one time where you had a gas leak under the grill and it was engulfed in flames!), at least when considering variety of foods I prepared and the consistency of quality. (Again, sorry dad.)
So in August, when I found out that Woot.com was offering 12 cedar grilling planks for $9.oo, I jumped on that deal right away. I've always wanted to try grilling salmon on a plank, as apposed to the other hundred ways it can be prepared, because it seems so fancy. It was bittersweet when they arrived, however, because it had already started growing colder, it was getting darker much earlier, and I knew that grilling season was almost over.
But not before I tried out these planks!
You will need:
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40-50 minutes
- 1 cedar plank
- 1 1/2-2 lbs salmon
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 6 -7 garlic cloves, minced
- salt & pepper
The first step is to soak the plank in water. The longer you can do this, the better. In case you think you can get away with a ten minute soak, this is what happens:
That is me, holding a charred plank. It caught fire and before I could run in to the house, grab some water and run back out, it had completely ignited. The poor thing never stood a chance.
So yeah, soak your planks. You can weigh it down with a can of soup or spaghettios to keep it submerged.
*True story: my mom got really worried because she saw the can of spaghettios next to the salmon and thought I was taking my obsession a little too far, and was going to make spaghettios salmon. Gross...