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Grilled Cedar-Plank Pork Loin

You'll need all-natural cedar plank to infuse the pork with a delicious smoky flavor. You can also turn off the center burner on a gas grill for a portion of the cooking time to keep it from burning.

  • prep: 1 hour
    total time: 9 hours
  • servings: 12




  • 1 boneless pork loin (about 4 pounds), trimmed and trussed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Spicy Plum Salsa

Cook's Note

It's important to soak the wood in water overnight to reduce the likelihood of flare-ups; keep some water nearby just in case it catches fire.


  1. Step 1

    Soak a cedar plank in water overnight. (Weigh it down with cans or something else heavy to keep it submerged.)

  2. Step 2

    Heat grill to medium, and brush grates clean. Season pork with salt and pepper.

  3. Step 3

    Place pork on soaked cedar plank. Grill pork on plank over direct heat with lid closed (the grill should reach 425 degrees on a grill thermometer), until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the pork loin reaches 138 degrees, 50 to 55 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove pork from plank and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature with salsa.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2011

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