I’m not even going to pretend that I’m a gourmet cook. I generally make the same meals over and over each week because it’s easy, the kids eat it, and really I just get in a cooking rut. But sometimes I like to mix things up, especially in the summer when it’s barbecue season. I love barbecuing because it tastes delicious and there’s usually less cleanup. So I decided to make my own grilling planks using different types of wood for different flavors.
How to make grilling planks
Tony and I went to The Wood Source in Ottawa. They have so many different and exotic types of wood, and the store smells so delicious! For my grilling planks I bought red cedar, red oak, and maple boards that were 5 inches wide and 5 feet long. Make sure you get untreated wood.
To make the grilling planks I just cut the boards into 12″ long pieces. I sanded them and rounded the corners using a palm sander to make sure there were no splinters.
How to cook with grilling planks
To cook with the grilling planks, I soaked them in water for a couple hours, then arranged my food on the boards and cooked on low heat on the barbecue. I did vegetables sprinkled with lemon juice on the cedar, and brown sugar rubbed chicken on the maple. Throw on a baked potato and I call that a meal. Fish is also great on cedar, and oak would be really nice for pork or beef.
So simple to make and something different to spice up your dinner routine! I have a few of these grilling plank sets left in my Etsy shop
, and I’m running a giveaway from now until June 14. The winner of the giveaway will get free shipping for anything in my shop! This would be perfect for a last minute Father’s day gift. Sign up for email below to be entered in the draw!
By the way, I may have found yet another hobby (woodworking!), so you might be seeing a few more posts like this in the future.
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