"Cedar Planked Salmon"
4 skinless salmon fillets (175g each)
2 tbsp of Bone Dust BBQ Seasoning (see below)
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 spring onion, finely chopped
2 whole lemons
40 g of chopped fresh dill
75 g of chopped shallots
2 tbsp of Seafood Plank Seasoning (see below)
2 tbsp of olive oil
Preheat your barbecue to medium-high heat. Season salmon fillets with Bone Dust BBQ Seasoning; set aside. Mix together the garlic, spring onions, the juice of one lemon, dill, shallots, Seafood Plank Seasoning, olive oil and salt to taste. Spread the mixture evenly over the salmon fillet.
Season plank with additional sea salt. Place plank on grill and close lid. Heat the plank for 3 to 5 minutes, until it starts to crackle and smoke.
Open lid and place the salmon fillets on the plank. Close the lid and plank grill for 12 to 15 minutes, until salmon flakes slightly when pressed. Remove plank from grill and cool for 1 minute. Squeeze remaining lemon over salmon fillets before serving.
Bone Dust BBQ Seasoning
60 g paprika
30 g chilli powder
3 tbsp salt
2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp granulated white sugar
2 tbsp mild Indian curry powder
2 tbsp dry English mustard (e.g Colemans)
1tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1tbsp dried basil
1tbsp dried thyme
1tbsp ground cumin
Seafood Plank Seasoning
100 g light brown sugar
50 g freshly ground black pepper
50 g ground sea salt
3 tbsp dried onion
2 tbsp mustard seeds, ground coarsely
1 tsp dried dill
1 tbsp dill seed
1 tbsp coriander seed
1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
For each of the seasonings, mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer to tightly sealed containers and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
A Guide to Plank Cooking:
The origin of cooking on wood is unclear, some say that it was brought to North America by Scandinavian settlers, others, including Napoleon® Grills chef Ted Reader believes that it originated in the Pacific Northwest and was used as a cooking method for fish by the Native Haida people. But the earliest documented recipe for plank cooking chicken and duchess potatoes appeared in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook in 1911 and was written by Fannie Farmer.
The choice of wood determines the special flavour associated with plank cooking, as the natural oils and moisture found in the wood infuses into the food. It is an easy way to cook on a barbecue; no turning, no messy clearing up, a hot, fast way to smoke food without the need for a smoker.
The technique is simple with just a few Plank Rules:
Soak the plank for a minimum of 1 hour, better still overnight, keeping submerged with a weight.
Preheat the grill, with the grill lid closed until at temperature, put the plank on the grill for three to five minutes until it begins to crackle and smoke, then place food on the plank.
For added flavour, season the plank with sea salt, ground pepper or fresh herbs.
Once used and food served, place the hot plank into a bucket of cold water to cool.
Recipe thanks to Ted Reader