Baked potatoes smoked over wood fire and embers. Packed with classic toppings, this rich baked potato recipe is the best way to infuse this side dish with simple grilled flavors.
Smoked baked potatoes are a delicious twist on this classic potato side dish. While traditional recipes call for potatoes to be baked in the oven, this BBQ recipe will slowly cook them over a wood and charcoal fire in your smoker oven or charcoal grill.
The end result is a deliciously smoky side that serves as the perfect container for you to load up with your favorite fillings. You can add sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped chives, or even shredded brisket. It’s one of our smoked side dishes , and it’s easy to see why.
Learn how to smoke baked potatoes, including how to prepare the potatoes and the best grilling temperatures. let’s fry
Why prick potatoes with a fork?
Pricking or piercing the potatoes with a fork before smoking or baking allows the steam inside the potato to escape, leaving you with a light and fluffy baked potato. It also reduces the risk of potatoes exploding in your smoker or grill. We recommend poking each potato 8 to 10 times evenly across the entire surface.
When are smoked baked potatoes made?
A baked potato is ready when its internal temperature reaches 93-99°C(200-210°F). At this temperature you can shove a fork into the potato without much resistance. The inner flesh of the potato should also be fluffy. Use a digital thermometer to accurately measure the temperature of the potatoes.
Because potatoes can vary in size and texture, there is no set time for smoked baked potatoes. Sometimes it only takes two hours and sometimes even four.
Our smoked potato recipe uses classic stuffing ingredients that serve as the perfect accompaniment to roast beef. We opted for melted butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced chives. If you want more meat in your potato, this recipe is a great way to use up leftover brisket or crumbled bacon.
- Do not wash potatoes first. Washing them before you need them can result in moisture becoming trapped in the bulges(or “eyes”) of the potatoes, which can cause them to spoil.
- Don’t forget to apply a thin coat of olive oil to the potato skins before smoking. This will crisp up the skin, a nice contrast to the fluffy flesh inside the potato. The oil tooth also acts as a glue for the grill mix.