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Q: How do I grill with a cedar plank?

A: Cedar planks are a great option if you desire a smoky flavor added to your fish. They also provide you with easy cleanup, as the board is only contacting the grill surface, not the fish. Cedar planks require a minimum of one hour of soaking time in water, before use. This prevents the plank from catching fire, which could ultimately burn your food and ruin your meal. Lay your fish down on the plank and place on the center of the grill over direct heat. Keep the grill lid closed but keep an eye out for flare-ups. It is a good idea to keep a spray bottle near, just in case you need to douse some flames. Fish fillets and steaks are done cooking when you can flake them apart, without seeing any translucency inside.

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Tim Rura

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