Pit Boss Smoked Sweet Potatoes

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This smoked sweet potatoes recipe is simple to make and they always come out delicious! You’ll never want to cook white potatoes after trying these. Sweet potatoes are one of the tastiest smoked side dishes just remember to load them up with all your favorite toppings, like bacon, butter, green onions and cheese.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Smoking sweet potatoes are absolutely delicious substitute for your regular old baked potatoes. They are perfect for a big meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas but also great as a side for a weeknight meal or cookout.

They are super simple to prepare and smoke. You just need to season and throw them in the smoker and you end up with soft flesh, crispy skin, and a great smoky flavor.

What You Need for Smoked Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweet Potatoes, of similar sizes
  • Melted Butter for basting
  • Your favorite BBQ Rub
  • Toppings of choice 

How to Smoke Whole Sweet Potatoes

This is such a simple dish that packs a powerful flavor punch and goes well with any meal!

1. Prep The Smoker

Preheat your Pit Boss to 250°F. You can also use any other type of smoker or grill for this recipe.

2. Preparing The Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes need very little prep work. Simply run under cold water, and scrub the skin and dry. Once you’ve cleaned them up, use a fork to pierce a few shallow holes.

Holes will allow steam to escape and prevent the potatoes from exploding.Try to find potatoes of a similar size, for more consistent cooking.

3. Season The Potatoes

Rub a light coating of olive oil or melted butter over the potatoes This will give the seasoning something to stick to. From here, you can go nuts! Use a simple salt and pepper combo, or your favorite barbecue rub.

For something completely different, try a sweet spin on it. Add a little cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup so it smokes into a gloriously sticky glaze. 

4. Smoking The Sweet Potatoes

Once you’ve prepped and seasoned your sweet potatoes, it’s as simple as placing them on your grill and close the lid. Let them cook on the grill grates for about 2 hours, or until they pierce evenly when you test with a fork and have reached an internal temperature of 210°

What Temperate to Smoke Sweet Potatoes At?

For this recipe, we ran at a medium heat temperature of 250°F for about 2 hours. Setting at a lower temperature of 225°F will take about 3-3.5 hours.

Turning up the heat to 275°F will speed the process up and give you cooked sweet potatoes in an hour and a half.

Sweet potatoes can sit in with whatever meat you have already on the grill. Just make sure to factor in the times and temps, so you can serve everything together.

Regardless of the temp setting, cook in indirect heat to protect them from burning, indirect cooking will give you a smoky flavor impact without charring the skin. And of course, the higher the heat, the crispier the skin will be.

How Long to Smoke Sweet Potatoes

You need to smoke sweet potatoes for 2 hours. The timing will depend on the size of your sweet potato as well as how consistent the temperature stayed in the smoker.

Vegetables are easier to check for doneness, you just want to be able to evenly and easily pierce the sweet potato and reach an internal temperature of 210°F

Wood Pellet Recommendations

For vegetables, we recommend using a more subtle flavor of pellets. Something like maple, apple, or cherry enhances the natural sweetness of the potatoes.

Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from going for the stronger smoke flavors. Try something like mesquite or hickory.

Tasty Topping Ideas for Sweet Potatoes

You can stretch your imagination here. Go light, or turn the side into the main meal. To get you started, here are a couple of ideas for toppings:

  • Salsa, guacamole, and sour cream, topped with grated cheese.
  • Scrambled egg, spicy sauce, grated cheese, and chopped fresh chives.
  • Olives, pepperoni, capsicum, and salsa.
  • Mince or lentils with Greek yogurt, fresh corn, and fresh lime juice.

For a sweet twist try:

  • Almond butter, berries, granola, and toasted coconut.
  • Berries and ricotta sprinkled with cinnamon and orange zest.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great go-to side dish during the holiday season.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 213 kcal


  • Pit Boss Grill


  • 6-8 Potatoes of similar sizes
  • Melted Butter for basting
  • Your favorite BBQ Rub
  • Toppings of choice


  • Prep smoker temperature to 250°F, if not already in use. Clean off the grill grates of any debris.
  • Scrub, wash, and then dry the potatoes. Pierce with a fork, 5-6 times around the diameter.
  • Combine the butter and barbecue rub, mixing thoroughly. Brush the entire surface with half of the mixture.
  • Place the potatoes on the smoker, in indirect heat.
  • After 60 minutes of cooking time, brush with the remaining butter mixture. Smoke for another hour, or until tender enough.
  • Remove from the smoker.
  • Slice the tops open. Load up with desired toppings.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Smoked, smoked sweet potato

If you love sweet potatoes, throw a few on next time you have the pellet grill fired up.

The distinctive smoke flavor has a level of taste that brings the humble vegetable to life.

Smoke On!


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