Pre-Soaking the Planks
The plank must be pre-soaked prior to direct grilling. It is recommended that you soak the plank for 2-6 hours prior to grilling. However, by soaking the planks overnight it will ensure complete saturation.
The most common method is to place the planks in the kitchen sink and place enough weight on them to hold them completely under the water. You can also use a roasting pan as well.
Using warm water will help initially to open the pores of the cedar and aid in the saturation process.
You can also add white wine, beer, apple cider, or fresh herbs to the soaking solution to add different flavors!
Preparing the Planks
Dry the plank and lightly coat the top surface with olive oil or vegetable oil. You can also rub the plank with sea salt, garlic, and fresh herbs to add more flavors.
Pre-heat the grill on high for 10 minutes with the lid closed. Adjust the grill to medium heat (350-400 degrees) and pre-hear the plank by placing it on the grill for 5 minutes.
Once complete you are ready to place your salmon on the plank and start grilling!