Not The Same Ol’ Labor Day Meal, Again

August 26, 2014

Not The Same Ol’ Labor Day Meal, Again

Mother’s Day is just for moms, Father’s Day is just for dads, and Valentine’s Day is just for, well, those in love I guess. Labor Day simply celebrates hard work, and that can apply to everyone. But must we celebrate by eating the same thing every time? I think not, and am suggesting salmon, simply & deliciously cooked on a cedar plank. This year, celebrate Labor Day with some new flavors.

Sam the Cooking Guy


  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 1 Cedar plank (dimensions are up to you, but about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and big enough to fit the salmon with at least an inch of border, but not too big to fit in your grill)
  • 1 whole side salmon, skin on or off, pin bones removed (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • Spray bottle of water, just in case
  • Cilantro or parsley for garnish


  1. Soak cedar plank in water 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Heat grill to medium/high.
  3. Place salmon on plank and rub top lightly with oil. Sprinkle well with salt and pepper. Cover salmon with brown sugar. Place board with salmon on heated grill and close lid. For a filet about an inch at its thickest and depending on how good your barbecue is, it will grill for about 15 – 25 minutes. The plank sides may flare up during cooking this is no big deal as long as you keep the salmon about an inch away from the edges. Remove and serve.

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