Smoking Beef with Cedar Planks

Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 05:06 AM

Smoking with planks has been around for ages. Most people know about smoking fish, like salmon , on cedar planks. In this day and age, you can find planks, not only in cedar, but alder & maple as well. You can cook smoke anything that you want to on these planks. Today we are going to cook beef fillets, though you can use many different cuts of beef here.

First you want to soak your cedar plank for at least an hour….in water or add fruit juice or wine for unique flavors. Use your imagination.

4 6-8 oz beef fillets

1 large clove of garlic, peeled and cut in half

salt and pepper

Rub the fillets with the cut side of the garlic clove. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fire up your Brinkmann grill to high. You want to sear each side of the fillet for about 60 secs over direct heat (450-500 degrees).

Turn your grill down to 350 degrees for indirect grilling. Place your soaked plank on the grill, and close the lid. Let it heat up for about 3 mins. Flip the plank over and place the beef fillet on the heated side of the plank.

Cook for about 12 mins for medium rare (approx 125 degree internal temp. with a meat thermometer) to 16 mins. for medium well(approx 130 degrees).Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the meat. A thicker cut of meat could take up to 25 mins. to cook. If that is the case, turn the grill temp. down to 300 degrees forĀ  lower, slower cook.

Keep a spray bottle around in case of flare ups. And the planks will be hot, so have your tongs and pot holders handy.

It is suggested to use the plank only once, but you can save your used plank and break it up to use in your bbq smoker at a later date.

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