Smoked sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for any BBQ meat, especially smoked brisket. All you need is a Traeger grill or other smoker and you’re all set.
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Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients and are known for their decadent sweet flavor. This smoked sweet potato recipe is effortless to make and is a great way to enjoy sweet potatoes. Best of all, this recipe has no special ingredients – it’s just potatoes, olive oil, and seasonings.
The reason I love this recipe is because of its simplicity. It celebrates the natural flavor of the sweet potato and it’s a tasty and hearty side dish that pairs beautifully with chicken, beef, or pork.
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Ingredients You Need
You can make smoked sweet potatoes by using just 5 simple ingredients. These are:
- Sweet potatoes: These are sweet in flavor with matt brown skin and orange interior. You can easily get sweet potatoes from any grocery store or farmer’s market. They are available all around the year. When buying sweet potatoes, make sure they are firm to touch without cracks and brown spots.
- Olive oil: I have used olive oil because it is rich in healthy fats. It also helps give it a crispy texture. You can use any cooking oil you prefer.
- Garlic powder: Garlic powder adds a savory flavor to sweet potatoes. The contrast of sweetness from the potato and savory from the garlic is just perfect.
- Black pepper: Black pepper adds a peppery, slightly spicy flavor to these smoked sweet potatoes.
- Salt: A necessary component to brings out the flavor in the potato.
Here is what you will need to smoke sweet potatoes:
- Traeger grill: I have used a Traeger grill for making these smoked sweet potatoes. It is a premium quality grill. You can, however, use any other grill or smoker that you have at your home.
- Wood pellets: No smoker works without wood pellets. So, it is a critical ingredient in smoking your sweet potatoes to perfection. You can use any type of wood you like. I prefer cherry or apple wood.
What Smoker to Use
The 7002C2E is a new model featuring a digital PID control board and advanced technology for even temperatures and consistent results. With the built-in dual temperature probes, a huge pellet hopper, pellet cleanout system, and pellet view window, your grilling experience will be enhanced like never before. See this grill and more on the Z Grills site.
Traeger created the original wood-pellet grill as the ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste. The Pro Series 22 is the one most people choose because it’s compact, yet has plenty of space for cooking.
You can use any type of wood pellets you like. I prefer Hickory, which is great for naturally enhancing beef, chicken, pork, and veggies with full-bodied, bold flavor.
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What Pellets to Use for the Traeger?
You’ll also need pellets for your Traeger. Traeger pellets come in many different types that you can choose from. I like to use hickory wood, or cherry wood pellets for mine. I actually use these Bear Mountain cherry wood pellets from Amazon.com. They also have a bourbon wood pellet that’s very good.
How to Make Smoked Sweet Potatoes
Making smoked sweet potatoes is super easy and convenient. You can make these sweet potatoes along with whatever else you’re throwing on the grill, and it serves as a great side dish. Here is what you have to do:
Step 1: Start the grill on smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes for the fire to get established. Set the Traeger temperature to 350° F. Preheat with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes.
Step 2: Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes to remove the dirt and debris. You don’t have to peel these potatoes because their skin is rich in nutrients. Once they are dry, pierce them with a fork a few times in different places.
Step 3: In a bowl, add garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
Step 4: Drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes and rub it all over them. Now sprinkle the seasoning generously and rub it all over them.
Step 5: Now wrap the sweet potatoes individually in butcher paper or aluminum foil and place them on the grill.
Step 5: Cook the sweet potatoes for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. Larger potatoes will need more time to cook. They are done when they are squishy in the middle. Once done, unwrap the aluminum foil and enjoy. You can dress them up with your favorite toppings.
Tips to Remember
Keep a few points in mind when making sweet potatoes in a smoker:
- You can also slow cook sweet potatoes along with your chicken or brisket. Even if the temperature is higher or lower than we recommend in this guide, you’ll just need to keep an eye on them and remove when they are tender.
- If you don’t have a smoker, no problem at all. Cook these sweet potatoes on your regular gas grill without any wood.
- The cooking time of these potatoes depends on the size of the potatoes. Smaller potatoes cook faster, whereas larger potatoes take more time to cook. Go by how tender they feel when you squeeze them and don’t worry about targeting the exact time.
How to Spice Up Your Potatoes
You can add more flavor to the sweet potatoes by adding more spices and seasonings. Try adding Cajun seasoning, jerk seasoning, or fajita seasoning to spice things up. Top the potatoes with butter, sour cream and chopped chives. Or add cheddar cheese or another type of cheese and allow it to melt into the potato.
We also love using sweet potatoes as a vessel for a full meal. You can stuff the sweet potato with meat, cheese, and veggies, add some sour cream, and chives, and you have a full meal.
Can I Store Smoked Sweet Potatoes?
Leftover smoked sweet potatoes? No problem at all! Once they are at room temperature, you can place them in an air-tight container or a plastic zip lock bag and refrigerate them for 5 days. You can later enjoy them with your leftover BBQ.
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Smoked Sweet Potatoes
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Start the grill on smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes for the fire to establish. Set the Traeger temperature to 350°F. Preheat with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes.
- Mix together the seasonings. Wash and dry the potatoes and poke them each 2-3 times with a fork or skewer. Rub the potatoes with olive oil and seasoning blend.
- Wrap the potatoes in butcher paper and cook at 350°F for 45 minutes.
- The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. Larger potatoes will need more time to cook. They are done when they are squishy in the middle.
- Traeger grill or other smoker
- Wood pellets for the grill
- You can slow cook these potatoes alongside a brisket or chicken in your smoker at a lower temperature for a longer time. At 250°F, they will cook in 2 hours. Adjust as necessary.
- You can cook sweet potatoes on a regular gas grill if you don’t have a smoker. They just won’t have the smokiness from the wood
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