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Smoked Baked Potatoes on the Pellet Grill

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These delicious and easy smoked baked potatoes have a perfectly seasoned, crispy skin and a soft interior… perfect for making alongside your other dishes while the pellet grill is going!

As I’ve said many times, a grill or smoker is just an oven with flavor. With the insulated lid and a heat source, your grill works pretty much the same as your standard kitchen oven, but with one extra perk that you really can’t replicate when cooking inside… smoke!

So why not take one of the most basic baked side dishes from your indoor oven to your outdoor pellet grill or smoker to take advantage of that extra flavor?!

Not only are these smoked baked potatoes incredibly easy to make, but when you cook them correctly on the Traeger or other pellet grill, the skin gets perfectly crispy and the potato takes on another level of “can’t quite put your finger on it” goodness! The smoke flavor is subtle, but it really adds another dimension to a plain ‘ol baked potato.

Here are all of my best tips for making smoked baked potatoes on the pellet grill:

smoked baked potatoes on a plate with butter

Why You’ll Love Smoked Potatoes (Better than Baked)

Here’s why these easy smoked potatoes will be your new go-to potato side dish:

  • Easy to make – These smoked baked potatoes are one of the easiest side dishes you will ever make on your pellet grill or smoker. Just a few simple steps, and you’ll have a fantastic, filling, and flavorful potato side dish!
  • Few ingredients – Potatoes, a fat (like oil or beef tallow), and seasoning are all you need for these awesome smoked potatoes.
  • Make smoked potatoes while your smoker is already on – If you’re smoking a pork butt or a whole chicken, why not use a few square inches of real estate space on your pellet grill grates and throw on some baking potatoes to smoke as well? This simple smoked side dish can cook right alongside the other foods on your grill.

Ingredients for the Best Smoked Baked Potatoes

Here are the ingredients that I use for my favorite smoked baked potatoes, along with some recipe substitutions if you don’t have some of these ingredients on hand:

Potatoes

Just like regular baked potatoes that you would bake in your oven, russet potatoes are best for this smoker recipe. This type of potato has a lower moisture content and a higher concentration of starch, which gives you a softy fluffy center.

Choose your potato size based on how you’re serving your smoked potatoes and how long you have to cook them on the grill. If you’re making smoked twice baked potatoes or loaded barbecue pulled pork smoked potatoes, then you’ll probably want a larger potato to really pile on the toppings!

Oil or Fat

If you eat the skin of your baked potatoes like we do, then you’ll love coating the raw potatoes in some sort of fat to crisp them up. For these smoked baked potatoes, I opted to double down on the smoky flavor by rubbing my potatoes down with a good layer of smoked beef tallow.

Not only does the homemade smoked beef tallow add additional smoke flavor, but it does a fantastic job at creating the perfect crispy potato skins!

If you don’t have smoked beef tallow, then you can also try my favorite spray-on duck fat. Or, if you don’t want to purchase any new ingredients, you can always use olive oil or avocado oil.

Seasonings

Seasoning the skin of your Russet potatoes adds fantastic flavor, especially when combined with the oil or fat. We used our favorite all-purpose seasoning, Shake That All Purpose Seasoning – a great mix of garlic, salt, pepper, butter, and a bit of citrus flavor. You can get the Shake That here.

Or, you can season your potatoes with a simple salt and pepper blend. If you’re going that route, I prefer to use a coarser salt, like Diamond Crystal kosher salt… a staple for most grill enthusiasts!

How to Smoke Baked Potatoes on the Pellet Grill

If you can make baked potatoes in your oven, then you can definitely make this simple smoked potato recipe, because the process is largely the same. Just follow these steps for the best baked potatoes on the pellet grill or smoker:

baking potatoes coated with beef tallow and seasoning on a wire rack
  1. Preheat your grill or smoker. Get your pellet grill dialed in to about 250-275 degrees F, depending on how quickly you want the potatoes to cook. Remember, the hotter the grill temp, the less time your potatoes will have to take on all of that flavorful smoke.
  2. Wash and dry the raw potatoes. Scrub the potatoes well under running water. Then be sure to dry the skins fully, so that the oil will stick to the potato. Lastly, pierce the skin of the potatoes a few times with a fork to create small holes around the surface.
  3. Season the potatoes. Coat the skins of the potatoes liberally with beef tallow, avocado oil, olive oil, or whatever fat you’re using. Then, sprinkle on a good amount of seasoning or salt and pepper.
  4. Smoke the potatoes on the grill or smoker. Place the seasoned potatoes directly on the grill grates, and smoke for about 2 hours with the grill lid closed. The smoked baked potatoes are done when they’re tender when you squeeze them, and you can pierce the skins easily with a fork.
  5. Serve with your favorite potato toppings. When the potatoes are done, carefully remove them from the smoker and allow them to cool slightly. Then top with butter, sour cream, sliced green onions, shredded cheese, or your favorite potato toppings… smoked pulled pork and a drizzle of barbecue sauce are also fantastic toppings for these smoked baked potatoes!
smoked baked potato with butter, cheese, green onions, and salt and pepper

FAQ’s about Smoking Baked Potatoes

What grill temperature should I smoke potatoes at?

This is really up to you, but I’ve found that a great grill temp for smoked baked potatoes is around 260-270 degrees F. At that temperature, the skins of the potatoes crisp up nicely and you get a beautiful, deep brown color on the exterior in about 2 hours time.

You can also smoke at a lower temp, around 225-250, but you’ll probably need to add a bit of time to the cook.

smoking baked potatoes on a pellet grill

What wood pellets should I use for smoked potatoes?

Since potatoes are naturally pretty bland, you don’t need to worry about the flavor competing with your wood pellets. I personally prefer to use wood pellets that give off a stronger smoky flavor, like hickory or a good competition blend, but any pellets will work.

That’s one of the great things about smoking potatoes on the pellet grill… you can smoke them right along with whatever other items you’re grilling up, without needing to worry about swapping out pellet flavors.

How long do smoked baked potatoes take to cook?

As with most foods that you cook on a grill or smoker, it’s difficult to give an exact cook time for smoked baked potatoes. The most important thing is to cook to doneness, NOT to time. *This is why an instant read probe thermometer is an absolute MUST for any grill user!

You really don’t have to worry about a “safe” internal temp for baked potatoes, like you would for chicken, for instance. But you do want your smoked potatoes to be soft and fluffy on the inside.

If you’re smoking the potatoes at 250-275 degrees F, then they will probably take right around 2 hours to cook. For smoker temps of 225 degrees F, you will probably need to add an additional 20-30 minutes to the cook time.

Of course, where you place the potatoes in the smoker can effect your cook time as well. For instance, if your fire pot is on the right side of your smoker like it is for my Lone Star Grillz pellet smoker, then placing the potatoes on the right side of the smoker will result in a faster cook time versus placing them farther away from the heat source.

smoked baked potatoes cooling on a wire rack on a pellet grill

How do I know when my pellet grilled baked potatoes are done?

You can test smoked potatoes for doneness the same way that you would for baked potatoes… by doing the “fork test”. If you can easily pierce the skins of the potatoes with a fork (commonly referred to as “fork tender”), and the smoked baked potatoes are tender when you squeeze them, then they should be done.

If you want to double check, you can also use an instant read probe thermometer to check the potatoes internal temperature, which should read about 205-210 degrees F.

Smoked Baked Potatoes Recipe

These smoked potatoes are so easy to make that you don’t really need a recipe. But just in case you like to print your smoker recipes to save for later, you can use the recipe card down below:

Smoked Baked Potatoes

smoked baked potatoes on a plate with butter
These delicious and easy smoked baked potatoes have a perfectly seasoned, crispy skin and a soft interior… perfect for making alongside your other dishes while the pellet grill is going!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons smoked beef tallow *Or substitute olive oil, avocado oil, or duck fat
  • all-purpose seasoning, or a blend of coarse kosher salt and black pepper *We used Shake That All Purpose Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat pellet grill or smoker to 250-275 degrees F. *I had my smoker set on 265 degrees F.
  • Scrub the potatoes under running water and pat dry. Use a fork to pierce the skins of the potatoes a few times.
  • Coat the dried potatoes in a thin layer of beef tallow or oil. Liberally sprinkle all sides of the oiled potatoes with all-purpose seasoning or salt and pepper blend.
  • Place potatoes directly on the grill grates, close the grill lid, and smoke for about 2 hours. Potatoes are done when they are fork tender and soft when you squeeze them, or when an internal thermometer reads 205-210 degrees F.
  • Carefully remove the smoked potatoes from the grill, and serve with your favorite baked potato toppings.

Notes

  • We prefer the stronger smoky flavor of hickory wood pellets or a good competition blend for this recipe, but any pellets will work.

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