These smoked baked potatoes make for the ultimate side dish to serve alongside smoked chicken, brisket, and more!
Making the perfect side dish has never been easier! Prep your potatoes and smoke them alongside your meat for an irresistible dinner.
Made with pantry staples, you can throw together the perfect potato side dish in seconds.
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The Ultimate Smoked Baked Potatoes
easy side dish
whole family smoked meat
What is in a Smoked Baked Potato?
Potato: For this recipe, I used six large Russett potatoes. Depending on how many people you are looking to feed, you may want to reduce or add to that number.
Optional Toppings: These optional toppings really aren’t or shouldn’t be optional. To enjoy the ultimate smoked potato, you will need butter, sour cream, and chives.
How to Make Smoked Baked Potatoes
Preheat the smoker. Preheat the Pellet Smoker to 300 degrees F.
Prep the potatoes. Thoroughly wash the russet potatoes and pat dry with a towel or paper towel. Coat the potatoes with avocado oil and then season very heavily with kosher salt on all sides. It will seem like a lot, but most will end up falling off.
Smoke. Place the seasoned potatoes in a ½ pan and cook for about 90 minutes until the potatoes are probe tender and have reached an internal temp of about 200 degrees F.
Rest. Let the potatoes rest for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Enjoy! Once the potatoes have rested, serve them up and enjoy!
Recipe Tips, Tricks, and Variations
Potatoes: you can use any kind of potatoes you like but I think the russet is the classic. If you are looking for a substitution, consider trying red potatoes, sweet potatoes, or Yukon golds.
Wood Chips: I like using a blend of wood pellets, but you can use whatever you want! Hickory wood pellets are always a winner for me and can pretty much be used with anything.
A Baked Potatoes Favorite Toppings
Dairy: Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Melted Butter, parmesan cheese, Cream cheese
Herbs and Spices: Salt, Black Pepper, green onions,
Protein: Shredded prime rib, smoked bacon, pulled pork, brisket
and don’t forget you can cut the smoked baked potatoes in half and make twice-baked potatoes or potato skins.
Why Do I Need Oil On Baked Potatoes?
Alright, you are probably asking, “Frank, why do I need to put oil on my smoked baked potatoes?”
I’ll tell you!
Adding oil to your potato flesh before the cooking process helps the thick skin get crispy depending on what type of potato you choose a waxy skin potato won’t get as crispy as a russet potato and it won’t absorb that smoky flavor as well.
The oil also helps that salt stick to the skin during the cooking process. I keep the potatoes on a baking sheet instead of placing the potatoes on the grill grates to keep the oil in contact with the potato for extra crispiness.
How Long Does It Take to Smoke Baked Potatoes?
Depending on the size of your potato, these temperatures may vary. Please read that again!
The cooking time is dependent on the size of your potato! for best results, use a meat thermometer to check the temp and tenderness of the potato. Look for an internal temperature of about 200 degrees F.
225 degrees F – 2 hours, maybe a little longer, depending on how you like them.
250 degrees F – 2 hours
275 degrees F – 2 hours, maybe a touch less
300 degrees F – 1.5 hours, but it could be more if they are huge
325 degrees F – Roughly 1.5 hours, maybe a little less
350 degrees F – Between 1 – 1.5 hours
Why are my Smoked Baked Potatoes still Hard?
If your potatoes are still hard after cooking, the first thing that comes to mind is the size of the potato.
You might be working with an extra large potato which will cause an increase in the time needed to cook.
One thing I can recommend is piercing your potatoes (aka poke holes) with a fork into the center as this allows for easy cooking.
Do you wrap potatoes when smoking?
I see and get this question a lot, and the answer is no.
There is no need to wrap your potatoes in foil before smoking them. When you wrap them in aluminum foil, the potatoes have no way to absorb that smoky flavor, and the skin won’t crispy up, it will steam.
If you want to shorten the amount of time the potato takes to cook, you can wrap the potato in foil after 1 hour of smoke.
If your goal is to keep the potatoes hotter for longer, you can wrap them after they are cooked.
Now, if your goal is to keep the smoke flavor out, then wrap them up … but don’t tell me about it!
Looking for another Potato Recipe?
Pellet Grill Baked Potatoes
- 12 tbsp Butter
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- ¼ cup Chives diced
- Preheat the Pellet Smoker to 300 degrees F.
- Thoroughly wash the russet potatoes and pat dry with a towel. Coat the potatoes with avocado oil and then season very heavily with kosher salt on all sides. It will seem like a lot, but most will end up falling off. T
- Place the seasoned potatoes in a ½ pan and cook for about 90 minutes until the potatoes are probe tender and have reached an internal temp of about 200 degrees F.
- Let the potatoes rest for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.