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Cedar Planked Pork Loin? Wait, cedar planks are for salmon right? Who the heck made that rule? Why do we only impart the sweet cedar smoke into salmon? Why not for other proteins? So I’m going to cedar plank this pork loin. But, planking is for thin pieces of meat like a salmon steak or shrimp, right? Wrong. I’m going to plank this hunk of meat!

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Holy chunk of meat, Batman!

And I’m going to do it on a gas grill. Yes, you can smoke on a gas grill.

A little about wooden grilling planks. They really add flavor from both the smoke they produce and the oils in the wood that leaches into the meat.

Now back to the recipe. First, soak the plank in water for an hour or so. While the cedar plank soaks, prep the pork loin. This is more of a process than a recipe. I’m simply going to coat the pork loin with salt, black and white pepper, Italian herbs and some garlic infused olive oil:

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Cedar Plank Pork Loin Ingredients

Cedar Plank Pork Loin Ingredients:

2 lb pork loin
Salt
Black pepper
White pepper
Italian herbs
Garlic infused olive oil

No amounts here. Just coat the sucker. I coated all sides with the salt, black pepper, white pepper and Italian herbs:

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Herbed Pork Loin

Then drizzled the garlic infused olive oil (thanks sis for that Christmas gift! I love me some infused oils.)

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Drizzle with oil

I let the herbs and oil work their magic on the pork loin for about an hour while the plank soaked:

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Mmmmm, herbed and oiled pork loin

Then I prepared the grill for high heat grilling and placed the plank on the grill. I closed the lid and waited three minutes. Then flipped over the plank. You can see some blackening around the edges:

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Ready for the Pork Loin

I had to put the pork loin off to the left as the Grill2Go has a built in thermometer in the lid that sticks down a couple inches:

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Watch out for this guy

I placed the pork loin on the cedar plank and closed the lid:

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The meat is walking the plank!

Here is the pork loin a few minutes in to show you the smoke action from the cedar plank:

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Sweet, sultry smoke

Now that I have some smoke, I cut the heat down between medium and medium high. Basically, I want enough heat to keep the plank smoking, but not too much heat to burn the meat. If this pork loin were four pounds instead of two, and I left it on high, the outside would be burnt and the middle would be raw.

Here is the cedar planked pork loin about 30 minutes in:

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Browning nicely

I can’t tell you exactly how long this took as my propane can ran out during the process. I don’t know how long the grill was basically off. Essentially, you want to take this thing to 145 degrees or more. I used my ThermaPen to check the internal temperature. I over cooked this one a bit in that it was about 155 when I pulled it off rather than my desired 145, but that’s OK.

Here we have the cedar planked pork loin on the cutting board, resting:

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MEAT!

Resting is pivotally important to ensure a juicy piece of meat. The juices inside are in an excited state from the heat and moving a million miles an hour. Letting the meat rest allows those juices to calm down and redistribute throughout the meat. Let’s see if it’s still juicy despite going a little long on the grill:

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JUICY MEAT!

I’d call that juicy.

And the crust along the outside was fantastic!

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Wonderful herbed crust

When it comes to planking salmon, I generally don’t go for cedar. I prefer maple planks for salmon, but for this pork loin, the cedar smoke was fantastic. The combination of the herbs, garlic, pork and cedar smoke was a home run. The lesson here, expand your grilling horizons. Get out there and smoke on your gas grill and plank things other than salmon.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email.

Full disclosure, Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood compensated us for being mentioned in this post. But I would only promote someone who makes top notch products. Order from them just one time and you will understand!

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Cedar Plank Pork Loin
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: BBQ
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb pork loin
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper
  • Italian herbs
  • Garlic infused olive oil
Instructions
  1. Soak the cedar plank in water for an hour
  2. While the plank is soaking, coat the pork loin with salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil
  3. Prepare the grill for high heat grilling
  4. Place the plank on the grill and close the lid
  5. After three minutes, flip the plank over and place the pork loin on the plank
  6. Close the lid
  7. Once the plank starts smoking again, reduce the heat to medium to medium high
  8. When the pork loin reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees, remove from the grill and allow to rest for 7-10 minutes
  9. Slice and serve
 

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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5 comments

That is one immaculately cooked piece of meat! I can nearly taste it. Just thought I’d share that.

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I really enjoyed it, Maestro. Why didn’t I plank things other than Salmon before?

Seems obvious once you’ve thought of it I suppose 🙂

Hey Scott,
Will try this tonight. Have about the same quanity of pork and plan to feed 4 people with 2.5 pounds of pork. Salted and ground pepper. Will add a sauce infused bourbon flavor as it comes close to finish

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Oso,

How did it come out?

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