Easy Smoked Baked Potato

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Smoked Baked Potatoes

Smoked baked potatoes are the perfect side for any smoked dinner. They are super easy to prepare, and only require a few minutes of hands-on time to make. Smoked potatoes are a delicious side and little kitchen cleanup. Give this delicious recipe a try today, with our easy step-by-step instructions below! 

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The Best Smoked Baked Potatoes

Smoked baked potatoes are a very easy and delicious side dish for any meal. This recipe will help you make the best smoked baked potatoes possible, they are so good and super easy to make, this just might be your new favorite side dish for all your smoking recipes. 

Why This Recipe Tastes So Good

This recipe tastes so good because it makes light and fluffy potatoes, with the perfect amount of smoke flavor. For the perfect potatoes on smoker, cook your potatoes until they reach the internal temperature of approximately 205 to 210°F. 

This will give you a perfectly lovely light and fluffy texture inside. You can then season the outside of your potatoes in a delicious rub or salt and pepper combination for a tasty baked potato.

Add all of this to the delightful smoky flavor coming from slowly smoking your potatoes, and the result is a very delicious smoked loaded baked potato. 

Can you smoke potatoes?

Yes, you can easily smoke potatoes and have them taste fabulous. Making smoked potatoes is the perfect side dish to any smoked meat, and requires a little work, very little kitchen cleanup, and they taste amazing. 

What potatoes are best for Traeger Potatoes

There are many different options to choose from when selecting potatoes to smoke. So, what kind of potato will make the best smoked baked potato? Out of all the potato varieties, the best potato to use for any smoked baked potato is a Russet potato, or Idaho potato, also known as a baking potato

Because of the thick skin and starch content of these potatoes they will make the best-baked potatoes on your smoker. Although you can smoke any variety of potatoes, the best result for these delicious baked potatoes will be had when you smoke Russet potatoes. 

Why Use Oil on Baked Potatoes?

No matter if you are making smoked potatoes or baked potatoes, oftentimes people like to brush their potatoes with oil before or after baking. If you prefer your skin to not be as crispy, you can brush your potatoes with oil before baking. 

This will keep the skin soft, and make your potato’s skin more tender. However, you could also brush your potatoes with oil as they are near the end of the baking time. This will help the skin stay nice and crunchy. 

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil?

To wrap potatoes in foil or not to wrap them in foil when smoking is a good question. When you wrap potatoes in foil it traps the moisture inside, making the skin moist rather than crispy. While this is not a bad result, it might not be the result you’re looking for. Traditionally smoked, or baked potatoes are cooked without aluminum foil, giving them a lovely crispy texture to their skin.

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Smoked Potatoes Recipe 

Equipment You May Need

Smoker

Fork

Tongs

Wood or pellets

Instant Read Thermometer

Ingredients for Smoked Baked Potatoes

Russet potatoes

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Garlic salt

How to Smoke Baked Potatoes

Preheat the Smoker. Begin your smoked baked potatoes by preheating your smoker to 225°F. Allow to fully preheat while you are preparing your potatoes.

Prepare the Potatoes. Thoroughly wash and pat dry your potatoes. Take a fork and poke holes in your potato all the way around. Then brush with olive oil and roll in your salt, garlic salt, and pepper mixture. You will want the outside of your potatoes to be coated in the salt mixture. 

Smoke Them. When potatoes are prepared, and your smoker is preheated, place your potatoes directly on the grates of your smoker. Close and smoke for approximately two hours or until the internal temperature of your potatoes reaches 205 to 210°F.

How to tell when a baked potato is done

There are two main ways you can tell when you are smoked baked potato is done. Those two ways are by touching your potato, with a utensil such as a fork or a skewer, or by taking the internal temperature of your baked potato. 

Touch. Do not touch your potato with your hands or fingers, it’s very hot and will burn you. To tell if your potato is done, take a fork or a skewer and try inserting it into your potato. If it goes in easily, then your potato is most likely done. 

Temperature. You can also use the instant-read thermometer to take the internal temperature of your baked potato. If your smoked potato has an internal temperature of 205 to 210°F, then your smoked baked potato is done smoking. 

Determine that your potato has finished smoking, then carefully use tongs and remove it from your grill. Slice open the top of your potato and squish it so that it separates. Use a fork and scrape the inside of your potatoes so that it is light and fluffy. Add your desired toppings, then serve and enjoy. 

Nutrition Facts

We have estimated that this recipe makes approximately four potatoes. Each potato is estimated to contain approximately 7.4 g of total fat. It is also estimated to contain approximately 321 calories, 0 mg cholesterol, 3511 mg sodium, 59.5 g total carbohydrates, and 6.5 g protein. 

Please note the nutritional facts are estimated before toppings are added and should be adjusted accordingly. Please also note that the nutritional facts may vary depending on how much oil, salt, and pepper your potatoes have stuck to them. 

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Baked Potato Toppings

There are a ton of different options when it comes to toppings you can add to your smoked Russet potatoes. Some common topping options are listed below. 

Bacon

Shredded cheese

Butter

Sour cream

Green onions

Chives

Cheese sauce

Cooked hamburger

Salt

Pepper

Tips

Temperature and time for a smoked baked potato

The best temperature to smoke your baked potatoes is around 225°F. Baked potato internal temp on smoker can rage in temperature between 200°F, and 250°F, however, we found that 225°F works out well. 

How Long to Smoke Baked Potatoes

How long to bake potatoes at 225°F may depend on a few different things. The amount of time it takes to cook loaded baked potato on pellet grill may vary depending on how large your potatoes are, and how warm it is at your location. Typically, it takes around two hours to fully smoke your potatoes, however, it may vary from this estimated time. 

Take it slow

As is the key with most smoked recipes, taking it low and slow for your smoked baked potatoes will work out fabulous. Smoking your potatoes slowly is the key to having them turn out amazing and loaded with a delicious smoky flavor. 

Keep the grill closed

Another thing to keep in mind when you are making smoked baked potatoes is to keep the grill closed. This helps hold in the heat since you are cooking potatoes in a smoker at a low temperature and allows them to cook evenly. 

Stagger your cook

If you are cooking potatoes and meat at the same time, it is important to keep in mind your cooking temperature, and length of time. 

If you are smoking meat that takes a long time and is at a similar temperature, you can add your potatoes at the same time. 

However, if your meat takes less time, it is a good idea to smoke your potatoes first and then cook your meat, as your potatoes will keep much better than your meat will. 

Choosing the Right Wood Chips

Choosing the right kind of wood chips or pellets for your smoker is an important step when you are making any kind of smoked recipe. The kind of wood or pellets you choose to use for your smoker will determine the flavor of smoke that is added to your dish. 

What Kind of Wood to Use for Smoking Baked Potatoes

When smoking baked potatoes, the kind of pellets or wood chips you choose is quite forgiving for this food. Potatoes are smoked well over many different types of wood. 

Some good types of wood to choose from include apple, cherry, hickory, maple, and Traeger’s signature blend. There are additional kinds of wood as well that you can use to make baked potatoes on pellet grill. 

For pellet grill baked potatoes, you can simply choose your favorite flavor of wood pellets, or wood chips and use those to smoke your baked potatoes. 

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Storage

Room Temperature. Before you store your smoked baked potatoes, allow them to cool completely to room temperature. Your smoked baked potatoes may stay at room temperature for no more than four hours. It’s recommended that baked potatoes should sit out no more than two hours, however, they may last up to four hours without any toppings on them. 

Fridge. Transfer them to an airtight container, or seal them inside a plastic storage bag. Refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.  

Freezer. You can also store your cooled baked potato in the freezer if you wish to store it for a longer amount of time. You should first transfer your smoked baked potato to a plastic bag freezer bag or seal it in an airtight container. Then freeze your smoked baked potato for up to three months. 

Serving Suggestions

Serve your freshly smoked baked potatoes directly from your smoker. To serve, slice your potatoes on the top, then fluff the inside with the fork. Add your desired toppings then serve right away and enjoy the delicious goodness of your smoked baked potatoes. 

Main Dishes to Serve with Smoked Baked Potatoes

Common Questions

How long to smoke potatoes at 225?

Typically, when you are smoking potatoes at 225°F it will take approximately two hours for them to be fully done. Please be aware that the time may vary depending on the size of your potatoes, as well as the external temperature at your location. 

What kind of potatoes can I use?

The best kind of potatoes you can use to make smoked baked potatoes are Russet potatoes, Idaho potatoes, or baking potatoes. You may also use sweet potatoes, however, we do not recommend using varieties such as yellow, golden, or red potatoes. 

Do I really need to wash the potatoes?

Yes, it is always a good idea to wash your potatoes before using them in any kind of dish. Potatoes direct from the store come with spuds and dirt on them. You need to wash them to remove the dirt before baking. 

What kind of pellets should I use?

When you are making smoked baked potatoes, you can use any kind of pellets that you like. Wood pellets such as apple, cherry, maple, oak, walnut, or blended varieties all work well. Simply choose what you like the best and use those to smoke your potatoes. 

Why Pierce Potatoes With A Fork?

Potatoes can explode when they are baked. This is why we poke them with a fork before smoking. 

Should you wrap potatoes in foil?

When you’re making smoked baked potatoes, we do not recommend wrapping the potatoes in foil before smoking. When you wrap potatoes in foil it prevents them from absorbing the smoky flavor, and also will make the skin of your potatoes moist rather than crispy. 

Baked Potatoes in a Smoker

Making baked potatoes in a smoker is very easy, and they make a delicious side dish to any smoked meat. This is great because you can easily toss your potatoes on the smoker, and at the same time you are doing a long smoke for your meat. Electric smoker potatoes are a good way to avoid a mess in your kitchen, but still, have a full delicious meal. 

Simple Smoked Baked Potatoes

The process of making smoked baked potatoes is quite simple and easy to do. To make delicious smoked meat potatoes you only need a few minutes of time to prepare them, then simply add them to your smoker and allow them to cook. 

They are so easy and such a delicious side for any smoked meat. Be sure to give this recipe a try the next time you are looking for a delicious smoked side dish. 

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