Different Cooking Methods
There are two cooking methods using Planks.
The first and obvious is on the grill. We have earlier discussed the endless options and advantages available, so we want go into details again.
We would like to introduce you to the method of Planking in your oven. We feel the method is somewhat misunderstood causing many to pass up wonderful opportunities available.
Cooking with planks on a grill allows possibilities for flair-ups and the creation of smoke. This is due to the lack of precise temperature settings of your grill compared to your oven. Your grill can also have “hot spots” or areas of excessive heat causing the same flair-ups. This is eliminated by the design of your oven. You should not have any concerns pertaining to smoke while cooking with planks in a 350 degree oven. A quick check with an oven thermometer can assure your settings are accurate.
Although the food can be somewhat enhanced from the smoke created on a grill, the majority of the flavor from Planking is an infusion process derived from the wood itself. This infusion of the wood’s properties is what really gives the food its unique and appealing flavor. We feel you will be pleasantly surprised from the results from oven Planking.
Oven planks, although not mandatory, are usually thicker than the planks for the grill. With no charring, these thicker planks can be easily cleaned and reused. The thicker product also lends an added degree of stability in the kitchen. It is quite impressive to transfer your main course, still on the plank, to a large platter and served to the table.
We suggest you start out by taking one of your normal sized grill planks and give it a try. Pick out one of your favorite recipes and add this method of Planking to your repertoire.