Summer BBQ: Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Nothing screams Summer quite better than a good BBQ. Whether you are the host bringing the most or if you are attending a (safe) social gathering, a few blogging friends and I are sharing our go to recipes for you too knock it out of the park (or backyard that is!). I will be sharing my go to favourite BBQ dish to host at any gathering, and at the end, I will link my friends pages so you can see what amazing, mouth-watering dishes they have come up with for you!

For me, one of the best smells in the world is a cedar plank grilling on the BBQ. If you have not smelt that, just wait till you eat what we grill on it.

It sounds fancier and more complicated than it is, but trust me, it takes less than a half hour from start to finish (as long as you have soaked the cedar planks prior to prep and cook time), and everyone will be saying it is better than restaurant salmon (I may have gotten that a few times).

Let’s get right into it!


  • 1 – 1 ½ lbs of Salmon
  • 2 Cedar Planks (typically the sizing can vary on cedar planks but I slice my salmon in half and it fit on two boards I purchased from Superstore. You can also find a package of planks here)
  • 1 Lemon (cut into slices)
  • Seasoning (below)


  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley


** Soak cedar planks according to instructions.

All planks soaking time varies based on size and thickness. (Typically and where from 2-4 hours)** 

  • Turn grill on to medium-high
  • Mix all seasoning into a bowl
  • Take sliced lemons and place on cedar plank (I use about three per plank)
  • Season salmon on all sides, and press seasoning into salmon to really stick, and place on top of planks (on top of lemons)
  • Place planks directly on grill approximately 15 minutes (ensure internal temperature reaches 135 degrees)
  • Take off the grill and enjoy!

See! I told you it was easy. As I mentioned, the only thing that takes the most time is soaking the planks. Grilling with a dry plank won’t give as much flavor to the food you’re cooking, since much of the flavor comes from the water evaporating out of the plank as it’s exposed to the heat of your grill. Also, you definitely don’t want to put a dry piece of wood on a hot, burning grill as you are risking a fire.

I hope you found some Summer grilling inspiration for your next BBQ. If you are going to a gathering, you can cook this ahead of time and add the salmon to a garden salad. A smoky cedar flavored salmon on a bed of greens is absolutely delicious.

If you decide to give this a try, tag me and I would love to re-share it to my stories on Instagram! Now don’t forget to check out my friend’s posts on their blog and their Instagram below for more amazing BBQ dish ideas!

Kayla – Blog & Instagram // Bria – Blog & Instagram // Danielle – Blog & Instagram // Lisa – Blog & Instagram // Renee – Blog & Instagram // Stephanie – Blog & Instagram // Laura – Blog & Instagram // Sylvia – Blog & Instagram


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  1. 7.17.20
    Laura said:

    Adding this to my list to make! I’m a sucker for good salmon!

    • 7.17.20
      almostbrewed said:

      It is super easy to make! I hate making salmon any other way. I will go out of my way to find cedar planks just to make this every year!

  2. 7.17.20
    Lisa said:

    My husband loves salmon and I never know how to cook it for him. I will have to try this!!

    • 7.17.20
      almostbrewed said:

      Oh he will love this!! I have a whole bunch of salmon recipes but this, super easy to do once you get a hold of planks!