Mackenzie Bridge Easy Planked Steelhead

Nestled in Oregon's Willamette National Forest on the storied McKenzie River,resides the small community of McKenzie Bridge. Once home of the Historic Log Cabin Inn. Built in the late 1800's, the Inn was originally  a stage stop, and later turned into a great rustic resort. Drawn to it's wildness and outstanding summer Steelhead fishing, it's guests claimed such dignitary as Herbert Hoover, Clark Gable, and the Duke of Windsor.

Placed On the National Historic Registry, the cabin was tragically destroyed by fire in 2006, but the beauty, serenity, and world class fishing remain.  

Characteristic of the essence of this timeless simplicity and taste, we introduce our:

McKenzie Bridge Easy Cedar Planked Steelhead® (recipe is outstanding for Salmon as well)

Serving: 2-4

Suggested Plank: 14'' Cedar Plank Soaked for 1.5-2 Hours


  • 1 Steelhead or Salmon filet, or 4 steaks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

BBQ Set-Up:

Gas & Charcoal, preheat to 450° for ten minutes. Arrange fire for cooking on direct heat.


While the BBQ is preheating, pat Steelhead or Salmon dry and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and about 1/8 cup of the brown sugar. Rinse soaked plank and place on preheated cooking grate for 2-3 minutes to get crackling hot. Remove plank (careful it's hot!) and spread remaining brown sugar directly onto the plank. Place Steelhead or Salmon skin-side down onto plank.


Place plank on cooking grate and close lid. Cook on medium heat (350° to 450°) for 10-15 min. Flare-ups may occur, especially on gas grills, so keep squirt bottle handy to manage desired plank burn. Keep lid closed during cooking time as much as possible.

You are going to love how simple this recipe is and what great results you get. Enjoy!