Photo: Leigh Beisch
Salmon cooked on a plank picks up just a hint of the wood flavor while it cooks, and the flavor of the sweet and salty glaze combines with it perfectly. The plank makes for a dramatic presentation when it’s brought to the table, and with the salmon already cut into serving pieces, each guest can serve themselves the piece that looks just right.
Soak an alder wood cooking plank in water for 1 hour. Prepare your cooker to cook indirectly at 250°F using light alder wood smoke for flavor.
Place the salmon pieces on the plank, spacing them evenly apart. Salt the salmon lightly and place the plank in the cooker. Cook for 30 minutes.
To make the glaze: Combine the hoisin, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well with a spoon.
After the fish has cooked for 30 minutes, spoon half of the glaze over the top, coating it evenly. Cook for another 20 minutes. Spoon the rest of the glaze over the top and cook until the fish is firm, about another 20 minutes.
Transfer the whole plank to a sheet pan and take the whole thing to the table to serve.
From Slow Fire (Chronicle Books) by Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe.
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Published on April 26, 2012