Smoked Cheesy Potatoes (3 Simple Steps)

Are you looking for a delicous recipe for smoked cheesy potatoes? Your in the right spot!

These potatoes are toped with mountains of cheese and some tasty bacon bits, yum!

Cheese!  Potatoes!  That oh-so-good smoky deliciousness!  Win, win, win!

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and this recipe couldn’t be easier!

Why You’ll Love These Smoked Cheesy Potatoes?

Cheesy potatoes are exactly as the name implies – a potato dish mixed with a blend of cheeses.

And regardless of the type of smoker you have, this classic cheesy potato dish works well. It’s the ultimate side dish. Serve it up with anything else you have going on in the smoker.  

If you have a large crowd to feed, simply double or triple the recipe and you’ll have more than enough to go around. And because you are using the same dish from start to finish, cleanup is an absolute breeze.

What You’ll Need for Smoked Cheesy Potatoes

  • Potatoes
  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Green Onions

What Are the Best Potatoes to Use?

The main three potatoes that are perfect for this recipe are russet potatoes, red potatoes, or Yukon gold potatoes.

All three potato varieties have lovely fluffy flesh when cooked. All hold their texture when cooked and these fluffy flesh blends well with cheese and creams.

You can use whatever your favorite potato is for this recipe. But if you are in a hurry, or want to mix it up a little, use a pre-prepared frozen hash brown base.

Only Have Sweet Potatoes?

If you only have sweet potatoes you can still make this recipe. Follow my steps for smoking sweet potatoes here.

Can I Prepare Cheesy Potatoes Ahead of Time?

This dish is perfect for preparing ahead of time. You can get your prep time out of the way, and put it all together up to 3 days beforehand. 

Store covered in the refrigerator. Tasty and convenient! When you are ready to smoke it, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit for a few minutes.

The cook time may a little longer, as you are cooking it from cold rather than room temperature. Other than that, cook as normal.

What Wood Chips Should You Use?

I recommend going for sweet subtle flavors for potato such as cherry wood or apple wood.

If you prefer a stronger, more robust smoke flavor aim for something like hickory.

How to Make Smoked Cheesy Potatoes

Below are my four simple steps for making smoked cheesy potatoes at home.

Step 1 – Cook the Potatoes

Preheat your smoker to 275°F

Cook the potatoes in boiling water and then remove from the heat allow to cool. Cook bacon, set aside cool, then dice and add to the bowl with the potatoes.

Shred all the cheese , and add 3/4 of it to the mixing bowl with the potatoes and bacon. Add the butter to potato mix and stir to combine Transfer to greased cast iron pan.

Step 2 – Smoke the Potatoes

Place the cast iron pan onto the preheated grill, making sure it’s over indirect heat, and cook for 60 minutes.

Step 3 – Add the Cheese and Allow it Too Brown

Add the rest of the cheese and return the potatoes to the smoker turn up the heat so the cheese on top of the potatoes browns. Top green onions and serve

Cheesy Potatoes As a Side

These gooey oozy potatoes are the perfect side.

Serve them with

Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Steak

Grilled New York Strip

Smoked Chicken Wings

T-Bone Steak Smoked and Reverse Seared

Smoked Cheesy Potatoes

This smoked cheesy potatoes recipe is easy to prepare, can be made ahead of time, and are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 452kcal
Cost: 9

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet grill or smoker

Ingredients

  • 5 lb Red Potatoes
  • 1 lb Bacon
  • 32 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 275°F
    Cook the potatoes in boiling water and then remove from the heat allow to cool. Cook bacon, set aside cool, then dice and add to the bowl with the potatoes.
  • Shred all the cheese , and add 3/4 of it to the mixing bowl with the potatoes and bacon. Add the butter to potato mix and stir to combine Transfer to greased cast iron pan.
  • Place the cast iron pan onto the preheated grill, making sure it’s over indirect heat, and cook for 60 minutes
  • Add the rest of the cheese and return the potatoes to the smoker turn up the heat so the cheese on top of the potatoes browns. Top green onions and serve

They are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Try this recipe today and you’ll soon have a new favorite staple side dish!

Smoke On!

Charlie

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).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

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