Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2untreated cedar planks
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless salmon fillets
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Soak the cedar planks in warm water for 1 to 2 hours. Add a splash of bourbon to the water if desired.

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  • Step 2

    Bring the pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir in the sugar, 1 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. Set the sauce aside.

  • Step 3

    Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. They are ready to cook on when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.

  • Step 4

    Season the salmon with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Place the fillets onto the smoking cedar planks, close the lid of the grill, and cook for 10 minutes. Spoon a small amount of the sauce over the salmon fillets, and continue cooking until the fish turns opaque in the center, about 5 minutes more. Serve with the remaining sauce.

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