Plank Grilled Pork

Way back this past Christmas, I received a plank grilling cookbook from my Aunt Ann.  It looked delicious and I was excited to try it out.  Well, fast forward 8 months and I’ve finally pulled it off the shelf and given it a go.

The premise to cooking your food on a plank is that it will help to keep your foods juicier and more flavorful.  When cooking on wood you retain most of the liquid on the plank instead of allowing it to drop into the grill.  The smoke that is released from heating the plank will make your foods more flavorful by infusing the subtle taste of the wood smoke into your meal.

There are several different types of wood planks that can be used; everything from alder, to cherry, to oak.  The most common plank used however, is the cedar plank.  Cedar is the most aromatic of all the woods and is best complimented with salmon but can also be used well with pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables and fruit.

I decided to give it a go with marinated pork and see what I thought.  Well, as someone who regularly overcooks pork (not intentionally mind you, but more so because I have a fear of undercooked meat), I can say that this method clearly kept the meat juicier and more flavorful.  I put together a fairly simple marinade, but the smoke from the plank kicked it up a notch I hadn’t truly expected.

If you want to try plank grilling at home, you can find grilling planks at your local grill store, cookware store, or of course, over the internet.  The cookbook I used as a guide for my plank grilling adventures was The Plank Grilling Cookbook.

Alright, enough chatter.  Let’s grill up some plank grilled pork!

Ingredients Needed:

1 Pork Tenderloin
1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
1/8 Cup of Red Wine
1 Small Bunch of Basil, Chopped
1/2 Lime, Juiced
1/2 tsp of Ginger
1/4 tsp of Onion Powder
1/2 tsp of Brown Sugar

First up,  grab your plank and submerge it in water.  Cedar was my choice for this meal, mainly because it’s the plank I had on hand.  Leave it there to soak for a good 4 hours and up to 24 hours.  The longer the better!

A few hours before you’re ready to grill up the pork grab all your ingredients minus the pork.  Add them to a gallon sized bag and mix it up good.  Now add in your pork.  Cover the pork completely with the marinade and put it in the fridge to soak up the flavors for 3+ hours.

When you’re ready to grill up the meat you’ll need to get your soaked plank and preheat it.

Turn on your grill and get it heated up to about 425 degrees.  Place your plank on the grill, close the top, and let it heat up on the first side for about 3-5 minutes.  Flip it to the other side, close the top again and let it cook up for an additional 1-2 minutes.

It’s normal to hear some crackling and popping and for the plank to get lightly charred from being on the grill.  It is NOT ok to set the plank on fire.  If this happens, I’m not sure what to tell you except you better grab your fire extinguisher, quick!

Here’s my plank ready for the pork.

Add your pork to the plank.

Close up the grill and let your pork cook for about 15 minutes.  When the 15 minutes are up, leave the grill closed and turn it off.  Keep the meat on for an additional 5 to 7 minutes.  Once finished, stick a meat thermometer in to make sure your pork is cooked through.  The internal temperature should be between 145 and 150 degrees.

Remove the meat from the grill, cover it loosely with foil and let it sit for an additional 5 minutes.

All that’s left to do now is slice it up.  And look how beautiful that pork turned out.  I loved the flavor of this.  Cooking with the plank really made a delicious difference that I wasn’t expecting!

This recipe was submitted to Tasty Tuesdays, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, and Two for Tuesday recipe hops.

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Plank Grilled Pork

Ingredients:

1 Pork Tenderloin
1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
1/8 Cup of Red Wine
1 Small Bunch of Basil, Chopped
1/2 Lime, Juiced
1/2 tsp of Ginger
1/4 tsp of Onion Powder
1/2 tsp of Brown Sugar

Directions:

First up, grab your plank and submerge it in water. Leave it there to soak for a good 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

A few hours before you're ready to grill up the pork grab all your ingredients minus the pork. Add them to a gallon sized bag and mix it up good. Now add in your pork. Cover the pork completely with the marinade and put it in the fridge to soak up the flavors for 3+ hours.

When you're ready to grill up the meat you'll need to get your soaked plank and preheat it.

Turn on your grill and get it heated up to about 425 degrees. Place your plank on the grill, close the top, and let it heat up on the first side for about 3-5 minutes. Flip it to the other side, close the top again and let it cook up for an additional 1-2 minutes.

It's normal to hear some crackling and popping and for the plank to get lightly charred from being on the grill.

Add your pork to the plank.

Close up the grill and let your pork cook for about 15 minutes. When the 15 minutes are up, leave the grill closed and turn it off. Keep the meat on for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Once finished, stick a meat thermometer in to make sure your pork is cooked through. The internal temperature should be between 145 and 150 degrees.

Remove the meat from the grill, cover it loosely with foil and let it sit for an additional 5 minutes.

All that's left to do now is slice it up.

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23 Responses to “Plank Grilled Pork”

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    Roti n Rice — August 31, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    Looks really moist and delicious! I have done plank grilled salmon but not pork. Should give it a try with my maple plank while it is still warm outside.

    • Julie replied: — August 31st, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

      Biren, The maple plank sounds delicious! I would definitely like to try cooking up with that wood. After this success, I’m wanting to pick up a few different types of wood to see how they change the flavors of the food. If you use your maple plank, let me know how it turns out!

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    Chaplain Donna — August 31, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    Yum! You are going to make me a fabulous cook! I love reading about and looking at the wonderful food you prepare. I never heard of a plank grilling, but it sounds really easy and I can imagine how good it tastes.

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    Julie — August 31, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Sounds amazing, I’d love to give it a try!

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    ingrid — August 31, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Holy smokes! I can’t keep up with you. How do you find the time to cook or bake all of this yummy food, take photos,and blog? Oh, and of course let’s not forget your mommy and wifely duties! I’ll be right over so you can school me and feed me your leftover pork! Love pork! :)
    ~ingrid

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    Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli — August 31, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Yum. We have a cedar plank that we have used once but we should really get it out and give it another go. Pork is a great idea and my kids eat it up.

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    Sinful Southern Sweets — August 31, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I may have to run to the store (again!) to get the stuff to make this for tomorrow.

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    Christy — August 31, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    Our pork on the grill always turns out a bit dry – I will have to look into the plank! Thanks for a great link to Two for Tuesdays!

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    Alex@amoderatelife — August 31, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    Julie! This write up is amazing! I love how the Two for Tuesday blog hop rolls…you see, there are quite a few fall recipes, quite a few soups and now, a few “instructional” posts on cooking techniques that are unique! I really enjoyed learning about plank cooking from you and realize it is not something to be scared about! I am going to share this on my blog hop highlights on my thoughts on friday link love post! Please stop in and say hi friday. Thanks for sharing on the hop! :) Alex@amoderatelife

    • Julie replied: — August 31st, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

      Alex, you just made my day with your comment! Thanks so much and I will absolutely stop by on Friday!

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    Katerina — August 31, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    This pork looks so juicy ans shiny. I do not have a plank but I can improvise and see what happens.

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    Butterpoweredbike — August 31, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    Now, I’ve heard of using this technique with salmon, but I never really realized that, of course, it could work well with other foods. It sounds soooo good, must try. Thank you for linking this great post with Two for Tuesday.

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    girlichef — August 31, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    oh, that’s gorgeous! I’ve only ever used a plank for fish…but I like the thought of cooking pork on it…I can almost taste it! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing w/ t4t this week =)

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    Juliana — August 31, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    Julie, the pork tenderloin looks so tasty and juicy…lovely meal :-)

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — August 31, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

    I love that by reading this blog my questions will eventually all be answered! I always wondered about the plank.

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    5 Star Foodie — August 31, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    This is a terrific preparation of pork, grilled on a plank, can’t wait to try!

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    Anna Johnston — August 31, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    I’ve only ever done plank cookery with salmon too, but this sounds wonderful. The pork looks great, so tender & juicy & I bet it tasted amazing.

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    alicia — August 31, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

    You really are on a roll. You could do your own food blog. This looks amazing!! And I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for linkin up to tasty tuesdays.

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    April@The 21st Century Housewife — September 1, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Great post! I found it really interesting as I have never cooked on a plank before. Your pork looks really delicious so I think I will give it a try!

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    Maranda — September 1, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    That looks delicious! The Hubble loves pork and I’ve been wanting to try plank grilling for a while now. I will need to go get us a plank!

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