Simple & Delicious Traeger Baked Potatoes

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Slow-baked potatoes with crispy skin and a fluffy interior are a perfect side dish to serve with a grilled BBQ main course. Traeger Baked Potatoes are not just easy to make but are loaded with nutrients and flavor. 

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Baked potato with sour cream and chives

Making baked potatoes in the Traeger is probably the easiest thing you can do. Even a beginner can happily make perfectly baked potatoes on this grill. The only thing you need to keep in mind is how long it takes. These potatoes are smoked for around 3 hours total. So be sure to plan ahead.

These smoker potatoes are simply seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Serve these potatoes with sour cream or ranch dressing topped with bacon and chives, and I bet you will love them to bits. These potatoes are a humble side dish and are perfect for every occasion. 

Ingredient Breakdown

Ingredients for Traeger baked potatoes

Here is what you will need to make Baked Potatoes in the Traeger

  • Baking potatoes: The main ingredient for this dish are potatoes. I have used russet potatoes as they work well for baking. Make sure the potatoes are firm and fresh.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil aids in cooking the potatoes and gives you crispy skin. It is loaded with healthy fats, so it is a great ingredient. You can use avocado oil for this purpose as well.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt enhances the flavor and ensures the potatoes don’t stay bland.
  • Black pepper: Add black pepper as per your liking to get some flavor into the baked potatoes.
  • Garlic powder: It adds an intense savory flavor to any dish.

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 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.

What Smoker to Use

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Z Grills 7002C2E Pellet Grill & Smoker

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 Grills Pro Series 22 Pellet Grill & Smoker

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.

How to Make Perfect Baked Potatoes on the Traeger

When you are ready to cook, start the grill on smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes for the fire to get established. Set the Traeger temperature to 225° F. Preheat with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes.

While the grill is heating, 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 season with the seasoning blend.

Raw seasoned potatoes

Cook on 225°F for about 2 hours.

Turn the heat up to 400°F and grill for another 30 minutes to an hour, until completely tender inside.

Baked potatoes in the Traeger

It takes a long time, but it’s so worth it in the end!

Faster Cooking Method

In this case, I think good things come to those who wait and it’s very much worth it to put in the 3 hours of time it takes to cook, but if you’re in a hurry, you can cook these potatoes the faster way.

Heat the grill to 450° F. Close the lid and bake for 40 minutes, or until the potato is soft in the center when poked with a skewer. Be sure not to open the lid as it’s cooking, which will help it cook faster.

Tips for Making a Traeger Baked Potato

When making baked potatoes in the Traeger, keep a few points in mind:

Poking holes in potatoes with a fork
  • Make sure you wash and scrub the potatoes to get rid of dirt and debris.
  • Don’t forget to pierce the potatoes. You can do that by using a fork or a sharp point knife. The piercing will allow air to pass through the potato, and it won’t crack while baking.
  • Increasing the grill temperature is crucial to ensure the skin is crispy and the potatoes don’t turn out to be soggy or mushy.
  • You can use spices like cayenne pepper, paprika powder, onion powder, or cumin to add more flavor to the baked potatoes. 
  • Don’t open the lid of the Traeger while cooking. This allows heat to escape and will slow down the cooking process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which potatoes are best for Traeger baked potatoes?

Russet potatoes are considered the best potatoes for baking. That’s because they have high starch content. As a result, they turn out fluffy, and the skin gets crispy. Moreover, Yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes are also considered a good choice for baking.

Baked potatoes

What to serve with Traeger baked potatoes?

Baked potatoes are an amazing side dish and go well with a number of main dishes. However, you can serve baked potatoes with a few toppings as well. Try serving it with ranch dressing, chopped bacon, cheese sauce, freshly chopped chives, green onions, sour cream, or gravy. 

Baked potato with butter

Can you store leftover Traeger baked potatoes?

Absolutely! Once the baked potatoes reach room temperature, wrap them in aluminum foil and refrigerate them. They will last for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the oven. Store them in an air-tight glass container if you don’t want to use aluminum foil.

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Baked potato with sour cream and chives

Traeger Baked Potatoes

Slow-baked potatoes with crispy skin and a fluffy interior are a perfect side dish to serve with a grilled BBQ main course. Traeger Baked Potatoes are not just easy to make but are loaded with nutrients and flavor. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Potatoes
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Angela Morris

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Start the grill on smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes for the fire to establish. Set the Traeger temperature to 225°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 season with the seasoning blend.
  • Cook on 225°F for about 2 hours.
  • Turn the heat up to 400°F and grill for 30 minutes to an hour, until completely tender inside.

Equipment Needed

  • Traeger Grill

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 904mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg

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