BBQ Smoked Potatoes

BBQ Smoked Potatoes

Cooking potatoes this way results in the perfect texture – like soft, mini, fluffy jacket potatoes with crispy skins. Season with your go-to potato seasoning mix or keep it simple with salt and pepper.

I have a vertical water smoker so you may have to adjust the cooking time slightly to the type of smoker you have. Luckily, potatoes are pretty hard to overcook but it’s worth checking on them occasionally to see how they’re doing.

If I’m going to the effort to fire up my smoker, I usually pack it with as many things as possible to make it worth while. It’s a nice idea to smoke whole onions and then place them directly on the coals for a couple of hours as they’re cooling down. The result is a deliciously soft, jammy onion which you can serve alongside these potatoes or blitz. into a moorish puree which is great folded into dips and sauces.

BBQ Smoked Potatoes

BBQ Smoked Potatoes

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Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Cooking potatoes this way results in the perfect texture – like soft, mini, fluffy jacket potatoes with crispy skins.


  • 800 g Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced finely

  • 1 tbsp za’atar (or whichever herb blend you prefer such as Italian seasoning, Cajun etc.)

  • sea salt & cracked black pepper


  • Preheat your smoker to 110°C.
  • Marinate the potatoes for 30 minutes (more, if possible) by combining them with the olive oil, minced ginger and za’atar or herb mix of your choice in a tray.
  • Once the flavours have infused into the potatoes for a while, it’s time to smoke them. Add around two tablespoon of water to the tray of potatoes and then make a loose tent over the baking tray using foil. Poke lots of holes through the foil using a knife or skewer.
  • Place the tented tray on a rack in your smoker and add your choice of smoking wood chips to the coals. I think that the flavour of both hickory and mesquite go well with potatoes.
  • Smoke for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. The time will vary greatly on how your smoker manages to keep to temperature so it’s worthing checking on the potatoes occasionally.
  • Once done, remove from smoker and season generously. Serve as a side with a deliciously smoky dip such as my smoked onion mayonaise.

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