Creamy smoked baked potatoes loaded with your favorite baked potato toppings! This inexpensive potato recipe is perfect as a main dish or smoker side dish. Grilled potatoes in foil (or without) are easy to cook up while you’re smoking your main protein.
Table of Contents
This smoked potatoes recipe ingredient list is short and sweet: potatoes, olive oil, salt and black pepper. Plus whatever toppings you want to add.
Potato Bar Toppings
There are many baked potato toppings to consider when making a smoked baked potato – go with what you love. When hosting a potato bar some toppings to consider adding:
- Cheese (hello, Smoked Cheesy Potatoes)
- Smoked Queso
- Sour Cream
- Smoked Chili
- Smoked Sausage or Smoked Kielbasa
- Green Onions/Chives
If you’re only smoking baked potatoes, and nothing else, we recommend a 225°F temperature.
If you’re smoking the potatoes with a protein, go with the recommended temperature in the protein recipe; the potatoes shouldn’t dictate the temperature over an expensive piece of meat.
Depending on the size of the potatoes and the temperature, plan on a minimum of 90 minute and a maximum of 2 hours. The potatoes are done when the internal temperature is between 205° – 211°F.
We usually utilize large russet potatoes and cook them with a protein (at 225° -250°F), so know the taters will take a good 2 hours to cook.
If making smoked sweet potatoes, the final internal temperature is 205° – 211°F.
Grilled Potatoes In Foil
You can choose to use aluminum foil or omit entirely. There are pros and cons to each method, so decide for yourself!
Foil Packet Potatoes
There are three big benefits to using foil and one drawback:
- Pro: Ensures even cooking
- Pro: Ensures a shorter cook time, as the foil traps the heat
- Pro: Softer skin
- Con: Limited exposure to the smoke
Baked Potato No Foil
There are three big benefits to forego the foil and two drawbacks:
- Pro: Less supplies = cheaper recipe
- Pro: Possible reduced health implications (many folks don’t use foil for this reason)
- Pro: Super crisp skin
- Con: Longer cook time
- Con: Flipping halfway through to ensure even cooking
How to Make Smoked Baked Potatoes
This smoked potatoes recipe works great on a pellet/electric smoker, manual smoker using charcoal or wood, as well as a gas grill. The important thing is to make sure you have the required supplies we list below.
Charcoal – Pre-heat the coals and transfer them to the center of the grill. Open the vents until you’re able to maintain a temperature of between 225° – 250°F. Place the wood directly on the pre-heated coals, to create smoke.
Pellet/Electric Smoker (Baked Potato on Pellet Grill) – Pre-heat the grill to 225°F. Follow the manufacture’s instructions to ensure an even smoke. Traeger Baked Potatoes are amazing!
Gas Grill – Turn on all the burners to the lowest temperature setting. Check the temp and adjust as needed to maintain 225°F. Use a smoker box filled with wood to create smoke. Or omit to make grilled baked potatoes.
- Energy Source – Charcoal, pellets, propane, gas, etc.
- Smoking Wood – Chunks, or chips.
- Thermometer – Always use a meat thermometer. Our favorite digital thermometer is the Thermaworks Dot.
- Smoker Box – You need one to infuse the smoke flavor, if utilizing a gas grill.
- Aluminum Foil (Optional)
Potatoes are mild in flavor so any type of wood would work well! Experiment to see what varietal you like best.
- Smoked Sweet Potatoes and Smoked Red Potatoes will also work – no edits required.
- Choose potatoes similar in size as to ensure they cook as evenly as possible.
- Always use a thermometer. You want to cook based on temperature not time.
- Make sure to check the internal temperature on all the potatoes, not just one, as the temps can vary.
- Cutting tip – firmly grasp the long ends of the cooked potato with tongs. Cut down the middle, lengthwise in a zig zag pattern. Gently squeeze the tongs and watch the potato pop open – ready to stuff with toppings!
While smoked baked potatoes can be a meal by itself, it’s also a popular side dish! Here are some main dishes to pair it with:
Click to see our list of 50 Best Things To Smoke In A Smoker.
SMOKED BAKED POTATOES
- 2 large russet potatoes (*Note 1)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt, to taste
- ½ tsp black pepper, to taste
BAKED POTATO TOPPING IDEAS
- Butter, shredded cheese, smoked queso, sour cream, bacon, chili and/or chives.
- Pre-heat the smoker to 225°F. If utilizing a manual smoker, aim to keep the temperature between 225° – 250°F.
- Scrub the potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork. Evenly coat with olive oil followed by the salt and pepper.
- Optional: Wrap each potato with aluminum foil, if utilizing. Make sure to leave a bit of space at the top and ends after wrapping for the steam from the potatoes to escape.
- Transfer the potatoes to the grill, close the lid, and smoke for approximately 1½-2 hours, or until the internal temperature is between 205° – 211° F.
- Remove from the grill and carefully unwrap the foil, if utilizing. Serve immediately with your favorite potato toppings!