Baked potatoes are a perfect side dish to any meal.
Throw them on the grill with your meat, and you’ll have a classic and filling smoked side dish! That’s what makes them so great on the grill.
The best part is that it takes next to no time to prepare. Smoked baked potatoes are a great way to dress up an already great classic. And, the filling options are limitless!
This smoked potato recipe is sure to become a favorite. It’s extremely easy to throw together with 3-4 ingredients.
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Why You’ll Love These Baked Potato’s
Baked potatoes are an excellent side dish for any occasion, cookout, weeknight meal or a game day party! The fluffy flesh and seasoned skin will take the meal to the next level with added extra smoke flavor
What You Need to Make Pit Boss Baked Potatoes
- Potatoes – See below for the type I recommend using.
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- Sea salt
- BBQ Rub .
How to Make Pitboss Smoked Baked Potatoes
Step 1: Pick Your Potatoes
You need to pick your potatoes first, I would recommend Yukon Gold, Russet or even sweet potatoes. I have listed all my favorite varieties below you can try.
Step 2: Cleaning the Potato
Take your chosen potatoes and give them a thorough scrub with a brush under cold water. Do this to wash off any dirt, grime, and contaminants. Bacteria get destroyed in the cooking process. But bits of dirt and grit in your meal is not ideal, so cleaning potato skin is necessary.
Step 3: Preheat The Grill
Preheat the grill to medium heat of 400°F, then load the hopper with the wood chip of choice – any flavor works well with potatoes. So, there is no need to switch if you have your meat smoking already.
Step 4: Season Your Spuds
Take the potato, pierce it several times with a fork, then cover it with melted butter and top with salt and pepper. Then wrap it in foil if using it, and place it on the grill grate. Close the lid and let them do their thing.
Step 5: Place in The Smoker and Cook
Once your Pit Boss has reached 400°F put your foil wrapped spuds on the grill grate. Allow the potatoes to cook for 60-90 minutes. After 90 minutes, unwrap and use a fork to check that the potatoes and tender, soft and cooked thought.
Step 6: Add Your Toppings
Must sure you have all your favorite toppings. Some of my favorites are sour cream, chives, spring onions, butter, cheese and crispy bacon.
Choosing the Right Potato
There are hundreds of types of potatoes, but below I discuss my five favorite varieties :
Classic Russet potatoes are a starchy type of potato that is most popular for baking and smoking.
Their thicker skin holds up well to prolonged smoking. In addition, it helps keep the toppings together. This makes them ideal for the pellet grill. It is also great for salads and fries, and they hold their shape when cooking.
Red potatoes are waxy potatoes known for their easy-to-peel thin paper-like skins. They are best for soups and potato salads. But don’t use them for baked potatoes as they need thicker skin to hold toppings intact.
Yellow and White
These are versatile all-purpose potatoes favoured for soups, stews, roasting, and sautéing. Similar to a russet but with pale yellow or white flesh and a more rounded shape. Gold potatoes are an excellent substitute for russet for baking.
You can use sweet potatoes for smoking. They work perfectly! See my recipe for smoked sweet potatoes here.
Don’t Forget to Pierce the Skin
Piercing the skin on each side of the potato allows steam to escape during cooking. This process ensures an even cook on all sides.
The more you pierce, the more the great smoky flavor can infuse through the potato. But don’t go overboard, or the potato will collapse.
What about the Fillings?
The fillings for your baked potatoes are completely down to your imagination. So experiment and perfect your recipes!
Sour cream, garlic powder with bacon bits, and shredded cheddar cheese are favorites. But equally as good are black beans and garlic butter, topped with tomato salsa.
You can also add veggies like fresh chopped cherry tomatoes, zucchini, or avocado.
How about grated parmesan cheese, feta cheese, cream cheese? Or some spring onions, ground garlic, and sour cream
They all work deliciously as baked potato fillings. Options are endless!
Should I Wrap in Aluminum Foil?
Wrapping in foil is down to personal preference. The aluminum foil conducts heat so that baking potatoes have a faster cooking time.
However, the skin will remain soft. The foil also keeps the seasoning on the skin and holds all the fillings intact. It also helps prevent the outside burning on the grill. So it’s down to whether you want to cook the potatoes faster or prefer to take a little longer and enjoy a crispier skin.
What Temperature Do You Bake Potatoes On A Pellet Grill?
I recommend cooking your potatoes at 400°F, this takes around 1.5 hours.
How Long to Smoke Baked Potatoes
Generally, smoking baked potatoes takes approximately 1.5 hours. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of the potatoes and the temperature of the smoker.
To ensure even cooking, it is advisable to wrap the potatoes in foil and place them directly on the smoker’s rack. Remember to maintain a consistent temperature of 400°F throughout the smoking process for tender, flavorful smoked baked potatoes.
How to Know if The Potatoes Are Cooked?
The easiest way to tell if the potatoes are cooked is to pierce them with a fork. If the fork goes in easily, they are done. Another way is to temperature probe. When the temperature reaches 210-220F, they are ready.
What to Serve With Them?
Wondering what to serve with your potatoes?
Smoked baked potatoes will go with almost. They make a great accompaniment to fish, roasts, ribs, and corn beef brisket, to name a few.
Looking for Some EPIC Side Dishes?
Sometimes the sides are my favorite part of a cookout! Some of our families most popular dishes include;
- Smoked and mac with a CRISPY top
- Stuffed and smoked jalapeno poppers
- Smoked corn cobs with EXTRA butter
Pit Boss Baked Potatoes
- 1 Smoker
- 4 whole potatoes
- 5 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp. barbeque rub seasoning (optional)
- You need to pick your potatoes first, I would recommend Yukon Gold, Russet or even sweet potatoes. I have listed all my favorite varieties below you can try.
- Give your potatoes a wash to remove any dirt or grime.
- Preheat the grill to medium heat of 400°F, then load the hopper with the wood chip of choice – any flavor works well with potatoes. So, there is no need to switch if you have your meat smoking already.
- Take the potato, pierce it several times with a fork, then cover it with melted butter and top with salt and pepper. Then wrap it in foil if using it, and place it on the grill grate. Close the lid and let them do their thing.
- Once your Pit Boss has reached 400°F put your foil wrapped spuds on the grill grate. Allow the potatoes to cook for 60-90 minutes. After 90 minutes, unwrap and use a fork to check that the potatoes and tender, soft and cooked thought.
- Must sure you have all your favorite toppings. Some of my favorites are sour cream, chives, spring onions, butter, cheese and crispy bacon.
Baked potatoes make a hearty and filling side to any barbecue meal or are a fantastic meal on their own. This side dish will have the whole family coming back for more!
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).
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