How to Cook Potatoes in a Smoker

By Zora Hughes

Grilled potatoes are classic for a summer barbecue; cooking them in a smoker grill adds an intense layer of smoky flavor. In a smoker, the potatoes cook low and slow, allowing time to infuse the potatoes with your favorite wood flavor. You can use any type of potatoes you prefer, but a firm baking potato like a russet works best. Serve these potatoes with your favorite baked potato toppings or mash for smoky mashed potatoes.

Baked potato with bacon and mushrooms
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Baking potatoes such as russets, Idaho or Yukon gold potatoes work best for smoking.

Step 1

Rinse and scrub the potatoes under cool running water, using a vegetable brush.

Step 2

Pierce each potato all over with a fork. Rub olive oil over generously over each potato and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Add charcoal to the smoker's charcoal compartment and light. Close the smoker and adjust the vents to bring the temperature to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4

Add soaked wood chips to the smoker on top of the coals or in the designated smoker box, depending on your specific smoker. Fill the water pan of the smoker with water about 3/4 of the way up.

Step 5

Place the potatoes on the grill grate and close the lid. Allow the potatoes to cook for about an hour, or until they are easy to pierce with a fork.

Step 6

Remove the potatoes from the smoker and serve hot, however you prefer -- whole, sliced or mashed.