BBQ Smoked Baked Potatoes

BBQ Smoked Baked Potatoes

The Spruce / Loren Runion

  • Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
314 Calories
1g Fat
70g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 314
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 1813mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Protein 9g
Calcium 73mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When it comes to potatoes at a cookout we most often think of potato salad. And, even though there are different versions of this side dish, it can get a little old after a while. These smoked potatoes are nothing but routine, as they are coated in bacon grease and a herb-spice rub before cooking in the smoker. Perfect with any grilled or smoked meat, this recipe will quickly become the favorite on the barbecue buffet.

Yukon Gold potatoes are the best choice here, due to their thin skin and rich and creamy taste and texture. If you don't have a smoker, you can set up your grill to act like one.

Ingredients

  • 8 potatoes (Yukon Gold is good for this)
  • 1 cup bacon grease (softened, not melted)
  • For the Herb Mix
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    BBQ Smoked Baked Potatoes ingredients

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  2. Wash and dry potatoes.

    clean potatoes on a kitchen towel

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  3. Rub warm, soft bacon grease into the skin of each potato, covering completely.

    potatoes covered with bacon grease

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  4. Mix the herbs together; roll each potato in herb mixture, making sure to cover completely. Puncture each potato several times using a fork.

    potatoes covered with the herb and spice mixture

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  5. Place on ​the hot grill in a smoker, and smoke for 1 hour at 250 F, turning once.

    herb covered potatoes in the oven

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  6. Remove potato and wrap each in a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Seal the foil and place back in the smoker for another 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender in the center when poked with a knife or skewer.

    potatoes wrapped with aluminum foil

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Variations

  • You can omit the 'foil step' and the outsides of the potatoes will have a crunchier consistency. These are always the hit of the party.
  • If you are uncomfortable using bacon grease, you can use vegetable shortening instead. We suggest a good amount of lard on these, so olive oil or vegetable might not cut it for this recipe.
  • If you do not have access to a smoker, a charcoal grill will work just fine. This side dish is also perfect for camping.