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Smoked Potatoes 101
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Smoked Potatoes 101

There is nothing quite like apple-smoked russets or cedar-smoked red potatoes. Are you tired of everyday boring mashed potatoes? The crisp, juicy, cheesy potatoes you make in your grill will be amazing with the following guide.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Potatoes
Servings: 1
Calories: 553kcal


  • Smoker
  • Different Flavored Wood Chips
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp, skinny knife


  • Jalapenos
  • Pieces of bacon
  • Cilantro
  • Pepper flakes


Preparing Your Potatoes

  • Potatoes can be smoked whole and then cut up and prepared for a meal afterward.

  • Form a quadruple-layered platter for whole potatoes, a nice flat, wide bowl for potato slices, and a nearly closed packet for adding cheese later.

  • In all of these scenarios, once you have the potatoes on their aluminum foil tray or in their packet, go ahead and use a very sharp, skinny knife to poke holes in the aluminum foil all the way through, including through the bottom of the foil packet.

Adding Extra Flavoring Elements

  • In the same packet as your potatoes, you can put jalapenos, pieces of bacon, cilantro, and pepper flakes as you desire them.

  • Remember that bacon will probably need the least amount of cooking so add them later.

  • Jalapenos will vary depending on how hot it gets in there and how well ventilated it is. Start out by putting them in there for the full amount of time and put them in later on if they are blackened by this.

Time to Cook

  • ​The total cook time will take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes to ​finish your smoked potatoes.

  • With Meat - By smoking your potatoes with meat, the starchy potatoes will easily soak up both the smoke and the meat juices, making them extra tantalizing.

  • Also, extra salt rub on the meat will melt off with the rendered fat, thus salting the potatoes more.

  • This means that you should not salt your potatoes if you are adding them to meat when smoking and roasting.

  • Without Meat - By smoking potatoes on their own, you can add a nice, light smoked flavor to your overall entree without making smoked barbecue the theme of the meal.

  • It's a great way to add interest and popping variety with your other dishes.

  • Try adding little onions and some cherry tomatoes to the packet and watch how these flavor elements drive added flavor, in addition to the smoke, into your potatoes.

  • Experiment with your spuds and try out different flavorings of wood chips, olive oil mixtures, and added meat and vegetables to your potato dish. It is well worth the experimentation.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 553kcal