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These Smoked Potatoes are an incredibly easy side dish that you can put in the smoker when you smoke your main dish.

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Smoked Potatoes

Potatoes are an easy, delicious side dish however you prepare them. On the grill, mashed, boil, roasted or fried. Why not cook them in your smoker along with the meat you are smoking? There is zero cleanup and it couldn’t be easier.

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What you need

  • potatoes – you can really use your favorite potatoes or whatever you have in the house. Varieties that work for this recipe include baby potatoes (all colors), thin skinned red potatoes, white potatoes or yellow potatoes. Don’t use a thick skinned potato like russet potatoes for this particular recipe. (use these for smoked baked potatoes, which will be coming soon to BCC). Choose potatoes that are a uniform size so they will cook in approximately the same amount of time.
  • olive oil – you can also substitute melted butter
  • kosher salt or sea salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder or granulated garlic
Ingredients needed for smoking potatoes. See details in recipe below.Pin
Ingredients needed for smoking potatoes.

How to smoke potatoes

Step One

Cut potatoes into wedges or into chunks. (chunks will cook faster)

No need to peel off potato skins.

Toss in olive oil. Sprinkle seasoning on potatoes and toss.

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Toss potatoes in olive oil. Sprinkle seasoning over top.

Step Two

Place potatoes on foil and onto one of your smoking racks. (you can also use an aluminum foil pan)

See section below for temperature.

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Place potatoes on foil in the preheated smoker.

What temperature should you smoke at?

If you are cooking these potatoes as a side dish for some other smoked meat, cook the potatoes at the same temperature as the meat.

Smoking at a lower temperature will increase smoking time so plan accordingly. If you are smoking a main dish that is cooked at a low temperature, they could take up to six hours.

When we smoked this pheasant at 200°F / 95°C, they took close to six hours. Put the potatoes in first if the meat won’t take that long to smoke. We usually smoke them at a higher temperature until it’s time to put the meat in. 350°F / 180°C to 400°F / 200°C is perfect.

If you are cooking them at a low temperature they can also be finished in the oven at 350°F

Read the temperature with an instant read thermometer. They should be between 205 and 210°F / 100°C. You can also test them with a fork to see if they are tender.

Cooking them at a higher temperature, they should be done in less than an hour.

Delicious garnishes

  • sour cream
  • top with cheddar cheese and melt it under the broiler for a minute
  • chives or sliced green onion
  • crispy bacon bits
  • fresh parsley and other herbs like basil or oregano
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What main dishes to serve smoked potatoes with?

Smoked potatoes go with just about any main dish you can think of. Some of our favorites are;

What if I don’t have a smoker?

These smoked potatoes can be smoked on a pellet grill or pellet smoker with pellets or on a charcoal grill or electric or gas grill with wood chips.

If you don’t own a smoker, you can still enjoy smoked meats. You can use your grill to smoke. Set up your grill so that the fire is only on one side. You will place the meat on the side of the grill that does not have the direct flame (indirect heat). This is called indirect cooking.

Add soaked wood to a metal tray (we use a disposable foil pie plate or bread pan). Add another metal tray with water. Remember to fill the water if it runs out.

You can also create a similar setup for your oven in a pinch or in the winter.

What type of wood to use?

You can use whatever wood you are smoking your main course with. Woods that are tasty are apple wood, cherry, hickory, mesquite, oak and the like. NOTE: If you use a stronger wood the potatoes will have more smoke flavor.

How to store leftovers

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Use leftover smoked potatoes to make home fries for breakfast. They are delicious.

Pro tip: Don’t store uncooked potatoes in the refrigerator (the cold will make the starch turn to sugar). Potatoes should be stored at room temperature, or, if you have access to one, a root cellar is the best place. They will last many months in the root cellar. They will only last about a month in the hot summer months at room temperature.

Tools I use

Crispy smoked potatoes garnished with parsley.Pin

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Smoked Potatoes – Easy Side Dish for Smoking

These Smoked Potatoes are an incredibly easy side dish that you can put in the smoker when you smoke your main dish.
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5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the potatoes on a cutting board with a chef's knife into wedges or chunks
    4 potatoes
  • Place in a bowl. Add oil and toss.
    1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Add seasoning and toss well with a spoon to coat evenly.
    1 teaspoon coarse kosher or sea salt, ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic, granulated
  • Place potatoes on aluminum foil or in an aluminum foil pan.
  • Place directly on the rack of the smoker. See notes below for times.
  • Potatoes are done when they pierce easily with a fork and the internal temperature is 205-210°F / 100°C.
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Notes

What temperature should you smoke at?
If you are cooking these potatoes as a side dish for some other smoked meat, cook the potatoes at the same temperature as the meat.
Smoking at a lower temperature will increase smoking time so plan accordingly. If you are smoking a main dish that is cooked at a low temperature, they could take up to six hours.
When we smoked this pheasant at 200°F / 95°C, they took close to six hours. Put the potatoes in first if the meat won’t take that long to smoke. We usually smoke them at a higher temperature until it’s time to put the meat in. 350°F / 180°C to 400°F / 200°C is perfect.
If you are cooking them at a low temperature they can also be finished in the oven at 350°F
Read the temperature with an instant read thermometer. They should be between 205 and 210°F / 100°C. You can also test them with a fork to see if they are tender.
Cooking them at a higher temperature, they should be done in less than an hour.
Delicious Garnishes
  • sour cream
  • top with cheddar cheese and melt it under the broiler for a minute
  • chives or sliced green onion
  • crispy bacon bits
  • fresh parsley and other herbs like basil or oregano
See article above for suggested main dishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 903mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These go so well with smoked meats. We served them with smoked steak and they are an awesome side dish. Thanks!

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