How to Perfectly Smoke Baking Potatoes on a Grill

The baked potato is one dish that everyone loves; it’s easy to cook, it’s hearty and filling, plus, you can top it with any number of your favorite ingredients. So, whether you’re a dairy fan and opt for sour cream or cheese or you love to top your potato with beans or chili, it’s the ultimate comfort food. 

Many of us cook our potatoes in the oven, but have you ever smoked a baked potato on the grill? If you’re new to the art of cooking baked potatoes on a pellet grill, read on for our tips on how to cook your baked potato on a pellet grill, plus some delicious baked potato recipes.

    1. How to Smoke Baking Potatoes on a Pellet Grill
    2. What pellets should I use for smoking baking potatoes?
    3. Baked Potato Recipes: What should I serve with my smoked baked potatoes?

    How to Smoke Baking Potatoes on a Pellet Grill

    You don’t need to over-complicate this – its just a case of putting them on the grill and letting them cook. That said, we prefer to stab a few holes in our potatoes, rub them in a little oil and salt, and put them straight on the grates. Some people prefer to wrap them in foil, but you won’t get the smokey flavor you came here for. When they’re done, let them sit for 2 minutes to crisp up before serving.

    How long should I smoke baking potatoes on a grill? 

    We recommend you cook them long and slow, so set your pellet grill for 225F and give them a good 4 hours to cook. At that temperature, it’s super easy to cook them at the same time as any other meat you’re cooking as you can just add them on the grill when your meat has around 4 hours to go.

    What temperature should I smoke baking potatoes at?

    We recommend smoking your baking potatoes at 225F. However, if you’re grilling meat at another temperature, just adjust the cooking time. If you want to infuse a strong, smokey flavor, keep the temperature below 275F. If you’re looking for speed over flavor, your potatoes will take about 90 minutes at 350F.

    What pellets should I use for smoking baking potatoes?

    When it comes to baked potatoes on a pellet grill, the type of pellet you use won’t make a huge difference. Apple, fruitwood, and cherry are always good choices when you’re smoking any vegetable, but again, use whatever you have to hand. You can also mix and match your wood pellets if you can’t decide on one flavor!

    As with all cooking, though, it’s ultimately up to you and what type of flavor you’re looking to give your smoked potatoes. 

    Baked Potato Recipes: What should I serve with my smoked baked potatoes? 


    Now that you’ve cooked your baked potato on the grill, it’s time to serve up. Here are our favorite toppings for all tastes:

    • Sour cream and chives
    • Barbecue baked beans and cheese
    • Chilli jam and sliced hot dogs
    • Nacho cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo
    • Creme fraiche and smoked bacon bits
    • Shredded jerk chicken
    • Veggie chili (with black beans or soya mince)
    • Sweetcorn and butter
    • Pulled pork barbecue

    Baked potatoes on a pellet grill may not be the first thing you think of when you buy a smoker or a barbecue. But trust us: once you’ve tried it once, you will never want to go back to regular old potatoes again! As always, the key to getting incredible results is having a quality smoker, and you can’t do better than a Z Grills pellet grill. Not only will you get a fantastic smokey flavor, but they accurately maintain temperature without your input and are easy to clean afterward, too! To take advantage of our latest special offers, click here.