ISSUE 92  |  Tree Huggers

Don’t Walk the Plank; Grill on One

October 02, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Trees taste good too. We’re currently coveting hardwood grilling planks to add a smoky flavor to barbecued fish. The only question is: cedar, cherry, maple, or alder?

Above: A set of four hardwood Gourmet Grilling Planks ($26 from Food52 Provisions) from Maine is sustainably harvested. They’re available in cedar, cherry, maple, and alder wood and are made by aFire only from trees “that aren’t promoting a healthy forest ecosystem, and if cutting them will provide more light for lower level plants.”


Above: Power user tip. Soak the plank in water before using so it won’t burn on the grill. For instructions, see Food52.

Above: Each plank is approximately 11 inches long by 6 inches wide. Wondering when to use one? See Food52’s recipe for Cedar Plank Grilled Loup de Mer Sea Bass, which also can be cooked less expensively on “untreated cedar fence pickets for about $2.49…cut to length.”

For more grilling ideas, see 12 Tips for a Perfect Barbecue.