This super easy Smoked Baked Potato is the ultimate potato side to serve with your smoked chicken, brisket, pork, smoked beef roast, or smoked prime rib! It couldn't be easier to prep your potatoes and let them smoke alongside your fabulous protein for an amazing dinner!
The Best Smoked Baked Potatoes
When it comes to baked potatoes, the whole family agrees that they are a wonderful potato side to enjoy! Everyone loves the fluffy baked potato center and a truly perfect potato skin is a real treat!
Getting that awesome skin is super easy with your smoked baked potatoes! Keep it simple and season them with just salt. Or add some freshly ground black pepper, as well as onion powder or garlic powder for an even more delicious potato skin!
Serve your amazing spuds with some hearty beef like my smoked chuck roast, smoked beef roast, smoked prime rib, or smoked beef back ribs. They're great for smoking alongside and serving with your smoked pork loin too!
What You'll Need
Other than a smoker? Not much! A minute of prep, then throw these potatoes directly into your smoker!
- Potatoes - nice, round russet baker potatoes are ideal! Any russet potato will do, but I grew up in the northwest and am an avid fangirl of our Idaho potatoes! Russet potatoes really are the best for baked potatoes, with their high starch content and skin that is perfect for getting nice and crispy!
- Olive Oil - adds flavor to your potato skins! Of course, you can use your preferred cooking oil as these taters are cooking low-and-slow!
- Salt - any large grain salt will be ideal. I like to use kosher salt, sea salt, or Himalayan salt for my bakers! Add more seasoning based on your preferences.
Why Use Oil on Baked Potatoes?
Did you know that putting oil on your potato skin during the whole cooking process will prevent the skin from REALLY crisping up? But in this case, we're talking about smokers.
And you don't want to open up and add extra steps to the cooking time. Especially if your baked potatoes really are sitting alongside some big hunk of meat you're smoking too!
So, because the oil is on the potato skin from the get-go do use either an oil that you enjoy the flavor of ( like olive oil ) or use a flavorless oil. The smoke point of the oil won't matter, since we're smoking the potatoes at low temps.
If you choose to, adding the oil at the end of the cooking time is usually best. This is the ideal method with oven-baked potatoes to add flavor and preserve that crunchy, crispy skin!
How to Bake a Potato in a Smoker
Smoking a potato is one of the easiest cooking methods ever for crazy delicious potatoes! It doesn't matter if you're using an electric smoker, a pellet grill like Traeger, or a charcoal grill like Big Green Egg. You will love these potatoes!
- Preheat your smoker to 225ºF ( 107ºC ) and prep your potatoes. Wash the potatoes then pierce the skin, either using a fork or a knife.
- Coat the potatoes with olive oil by brushing them with a pastry brush. Season with salt ( or more ) by sprinkling, or rolling the coated potatoes in a shallow dish of salt.
- Place directly onto your smoker grill racks and close the lid or door. Allow the potatoes to smoke for 2 hours, then check their firmness.
- Remove nice, soft potatoes from the smoker and serve immediately with your favorite toppings ( butter, sour cream, chives, cheddar, bacon ).
Smoked Baked Potato Cooking Times
Note that all cooking times given here are approximate. They will vary depending on the size of your potato.
|225ºF||107ºC||2 hours, or slightly longer|
|275ºF||135ºC||2 hours, or slightly less|
|300ºF||148ºC||1 ½ hours, or slightly longer|
|325ºF||162ºC||1 ½ hours|
|350ºF||176ºC||between 1 - 1 ½ hours|
Smoked Baked Potato
- 4 russet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Wash and pierce the skin of your potatoes with a knife or fork. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C).4 russet potatoes
- Brush each potato with olive oil. Sprinkle the coated potatoes with kosher salt, or roll the potatoes in a shallow bowl of salt.1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place the potatoes directly onto your smoker grill. Smoke the potatoes for 2 hours, or until tender. Remove from heat and serve.
Equipment You May Need
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!
My potatoes were still hard after 2 hours. What did I do wrong?
Angela @ BakeItWithLove.com says
The first thing that comes to mind is that potentially you had the (extra) large baking potatoes. Other than that, make sure to pierce the potatoes into the center to allow easy cooking. Thanks for asking!