These pellet grill baked potatoes are crazy good, and you’ll absolutely love them! Not only are potatoes a versatile side dish, but they can be cooked low and slow right along with your main protein.
Choosing the right potato:
Every potato, though equally delicious, does not work in every recipe. Here’s a guide on what to look for,
Waxy potatoes, like fingerlings or red bliss, work best in potato salad or soup, baked, or cooked in a cast-iron pan. They contain low starch content and, therefore, hold their shape after cooking—however, these potatoes far too small for a single-serve baked potato.
Yukon Gold potatoes are great for baking if you desire a smaller portion. Look for a larger variety, and adjust your cooking time.
Russets are probably the most used and recognized potato available in the US, with varieties available around the globe. As a result, they are the number one choice for baking and smoking. They come in various sizes, but I recommend grabbing the large baking size for this recipe.
What you’ll need for the recipe:
Large russet potatoes
Oil (vegetable or canola)
Coarse salt, like sea salt or kosher salt
Green onions or chives
Cheddar cheese–lots of it!
How to prepare and cook russet potatoes in a pellet grill.
- Start by washing (and scrubbing) the potatoes under lukewarm water. Vegetable scrubbers are a lifesaver, particularly with potatoes! Dry the potatoes off with paper towels. They should be dry before applying the oil.
- Ideally, we want these potatoes to cook for a couple of hours on a low-temperature setting. If you have a pork butt in the cooker, put the potatoes on toward the last 3 hours of cook time. Remember, you can always wrap the potatoes up with foil, then a towel, and keep them warm in a clean cooler if the meat isn’t ready on time.
- We are cooking these low and slow, so aim for 225 degrees F. Potatoes are forgiving, so any wood pellet will do. But, I do like cherry, hickory, or oak for this recipe.
- Check the internal temperature halfway through cooking time. These potatoes are best once they reach over 200 degrees F.
- Serve potatoes immediately or follow step 2 if you’re keeping them warm for later.
Customize these baked potatoes to your liking. Have a vegetarian preference? Replace the bacon with steamed broccoli and bell peppers, or add seasoned black beans and diced jalapenos. Use vegan-friendly cheese and butter for vegan options.
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Pellet Grill Baked Potatoes
- 4 russet potatoes large
- 2 tablespoons oil vegetable or canola
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 1 1/2-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
- 3 medium green onions finely chopped
- Thoroughly wash the surface of the potatoes. Dry with paper towels, brush with oil and rub with salt.
- Prepare pellet grill for 225 degrees F., using wood pellets of choice.
- Place potatoes in the cooker, close the lid, and let them go for 2 1/2-3 hours, or until the internal temperature at the center of the potatoes reaches between 205-210 degrees F.
- Once cooked, remove from the grill, and let stand for 10 minutes. Cut open, fluff the cooked flesh, and top with butter, sour cream, bacon, green onion, and cheese. Serve immediately.