Smoked Potatoes Recipe

Smoked Potatoes Recipe

If you’re tired of the same old potato recipes, it’s time to add a little smoky flair to your spuds! That’s why we love this smoked potato recipe – the ultimate blend of crispy texture and rich flavor that will have you reaching for seconds.

Imagine a perfectly cooked potato, infused with the irresistible smoky aroma of hickory or mesquite. With each bite, you’ll experience a heavenly combination of fluffy insides and a perfectly crispy exterior that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds.

This recipe is perfect for a lazy weekend BBQ with friends and family or a cozy weeknight dinner for two. Serve your smoked potatoes as a deliciously easy side dish with this smoked tomahawk pork chop or reverse seared ribeye.

Just craving them all on their own? Try loading your smoked baked potatoes with toppings like bacon and cheddar cheese and enjoy them as your main dish.

Don’t forget also to check out my smoked sweet potatoes recipe or this baked potatoes wedges recipe too.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Flavors: When you smoke a potato on the grill, the heat and smoke infuse the potato with delicious flavors. The smokiness adds a depth that you just can’t get from other cooking methods.
  • Texture: Smoking a potato on the grill also creates a unique texture that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This is because the high heat from the grill creates a crispy crust on the potato while the smoke penetrates the potato and helps to keep the inside moist and fluffy.
  • Convenience: It’s an easy way to cook a large number of potatoes at once and it doesn’t require a lot of hands-on time. Plus, you can cook your potatoes alongside other grilled meats and vegetables, making it a perfect addition to any backyard BBQ.
  • Versatile: This recipe will work on an electric smoker, a pellet grill, and a charcoal grill. While you could technically utilize a gas grill with a smoker tube, it would be hard to get the same effect overall.
Smoked Potatoes Recipe

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper Towels
  • Butcher Paper or Aluminum Foil
  • Baking Sheet
  • Fork
  • Shark Knife
  • Spoon
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Pastry Brush
  • Instant Read Thermometer (optional but helpful)


  • Russet Potatoes (I would avoid substitutions here except with Yukon golds)
  • Duck Fat (you can also just sub with olive oil or avocado oil)
  • BBQ Dry Rub (use your favorite or just stick to salt and black pepper for the potato skin)
Smoked Potatoes Recipe ingredients

Optional Add in’s-

  • Melted Butter
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Green Onions or Chives
  • Sour Cream

How To Smoke Potatoes On The Grill:

  1. Preheat the smoker to 350 degrees F. and set it for indirect heat.
  2. Add desired wood chips to get the desired smoke flavor.
  3. Wash your potatoes thoroughly to remove any dirt and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  4. Use a fork to poke holes in the skin of each potato. This helps release excess steam during the smoking process.
  5. Lightly brush each potato’s skin with the duck fat (or oil of choice) then lightly season the outside of the skin.
  6. Tightly wrap each potato in butcher paper. While you can substitute with foil, I find butcher paper gives the best results in getting a smokier flavor.
  7. Place the potatoes directly onto the grill grates and smoke for about an hour and then you can check for tenderness. The amount of time will vary on the size and thickness of your potatoes. The best way to check for doneness is to test the internal temperature. Potatoes are tender and cooked when they hit 210 degrees F. Cook time ranges usually between 60-75 minutes on average.
  8. Remove from the smoker and let them rest for 10-15 minutes then unwrap the potatoes from the butcher paper.
  9. Use a knife to slice into the potato and squeeze the sides to help expose the potato flesh. Fluff the inside up with a fork and add some butter until it’s melted. Season the inside with salt (I also love garlic salt). Eat this as is or doctor it up with all your favorite toppings (see below).
how to smoked potatoes on the grill

Ways To Eat A Smoked Potato:

Smoked potatoes are versatile and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Here are some ideas for how to eat this to create a delicious side dish.

  • Classic toppings: Sour cream, butter, chives (or other fresh herbs), and bacon bits for cheesy potatoes. They add creaminess, saltiness, and a pop of flavor.
  • Loaded toppings: Amp up the classic toppings by adding shredded cheese, smoked chili, diced tomatoes, and jalapeños for a fully loaded potato.
  • Vegetarian toppings: If you’re vegetarian, try toppings like sautéed mushrooms, steamed broccoli, and roasted red peppers for a flavorful and nutritious potato.
  • Mediterranean toppings: Add a Mediterranean twist by topping your smoked potato with hummus, olives, feta cheese, and diced cucumber.
  • Tex-Mex toppings: For a spicy kick, add toppings like salsa, guacamole, shredded chicken, and hot sauce.
  • Salad-style toppings: For a healthier option, top with a fresh salad, such as mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.
  • Breakfast-style toppings: Enjoy these for breakfast by topping them with scrambled eggs, crumbled sausage, and grated cheddar cheese.
Smoked Potatoes Recipe

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Smoked Potatoes Recipe

Smoked Potatoes Recipe

If you're tired of the same old potato recipes, it's time to add a little smoky flair to your spuds! That's why we love this smoked potato recipe – the ultimate blend of crispy texture and rich flavor that will have you reaching for seconds.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Potatoes recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Bon Appeteach


  • 4 medium Russet Potatoes
  • 4 tbsp. Duck Fat softened
  • 4 tbsp. BBQ Dry Rub of choice

Optional Toppings:

  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Bacon Bits
  • Green Onion


  • Preheat the smoked to 350 degrees F. and set it for indirect heat.
  • Scrub the potatoes to remove any dirt and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Use a fork to poke holes into each potato to allow for the steam to release during the smoking process.
  • Brush the outside of each potato with duck fat or oil of choice. Then season the skin with the BBQ dry rub seasoning.
  • Tightly wrap each potato in the butcher paper (you can use foil but the butcher paper gives a better smokey flavor to the potatoes).
  • Place each potato directly onto the grill grates and smoke for at least and hour.
  • Around the hour mark, you can check for doneness. The amount of time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the potato. You may need to add an additional 15-20 minutes or use a thermometer to check the internal temperature (potatoes are tender at 210 F.).
  • Once they have reached the desired level of doneness, remove them from the grill and let them rest 10-15 minutes.
  • Slice a knife into the top of each potato and push the sides towards the center to expand the opening. Use a fork to fluff up the inside of the potato and add butter and salt. Enjoy and serve.

Adding Additional Toppings:

  • If you're looking to add additional toppings like cheese, bacon, or other items you can add them to the top and then place the potatoes directly back onto the smoker to melt the cheese and heat through, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy with fresh herbs like chives and some sour cream!


Avoid using other types of potatoes for this recipe, russet potatoes work best! 


Serving: 1potato | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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