There are many benefits to cooking meat directly on a plank instead of using wood chips. It is easier to cook and clean using this method. Cooking on a wood plank can help you get the level of flavor of a smoker in less time and work. You can even use your oven. Cooking meat on a wood plank allows for more time before the meat becomes dry. Clean up using a wood plank is easy. The food does not stick to the grill or fall through the burners. After you finish cooking, then you place the plank in the trash or use it for a bonfire. There is no scrubbing dirt and food bits off of a grill.
Choosing the right flavors
There are many types of wood that you can use. Here are some of the most popular flavors and how best to use them. Cooking on cherry wood provides a mild fruit like flavor. Cherry wood goes well with most meats, and vegetables. Aldar produces a slightly sweet flavor and works well with seafood. Another wood that works well for seafood is cedar. Hickory produces a strong smoky flavor that works well with poultry and beef. Maple has a sweet smoky flavor that is not as powerful as hickory. Maple works well when cooking pork and poultry. Maple can also be a good choice for some fruits like peaches. Oak produces a nutty smoky flavor that is between hickory and maple in intensity. Oak works well with most meats.
How to cook with a Plank
When cooking with a plank of wood the first thing that you need to do is soak the wood. The wood will need to soak in water for 30 to 60 minutes. It will help keep the food moist and ensure that the wood plank does not catch on fire. Preheat the grill as you normally would before putting the plank on the grill. You need to be prepared in case the wood plank bows a little while it is cooking. Bowing could cause food such as hamburgers or vegetables to fall or be misshapen. To combat bowing you need to put the plank on the grill without food for a few minutes if bowing occurs flip the plank over. It is also a good idea to keep a spray bottle of water nearby in case the plank catches fire. Check the plank every five minutes or so to make sure no fires occur. When cooking on a plank, you will have to give food a little extra time since they are not cooking directly on a fire.
To cook in an oven, start off by soaking the plank in water for at least 30 minutes. Next, preheat the oven. Place the plank on a cookie sheet with the food on top of the plank. Then cook as you normally would. To get a grill like crispiness, turn the broiler on for the last ten to five minutes of cooking. You can use this method for any type of meat or vegetable.