Hey there, folks! Are you ready for a smokin’ good time in your backyard? Because today, we’re diving into the wonderful world of baked potatoes on the Traeger pellet grill! Trust me, it’s a game-changer that’ll leave your taste buds doing the happy dance!
How to make baked potatoes on the Traeger pellet grill
Alright, let’s get this party started! First things first, grab some spuds, wash ’em up, and pat ’em dry. Now, poke ’em all over with a fork, like you’re playin’ connect-the-dots. This helps ’em cook evenly and prevents ’em from turnin’ into potato grenades!
Next up, fire up your Traeger grill to around 350°F (or about 180°C for you fine British folks). It’s time to let those pellets do their magic!
Place your potatoes directly on the grill grates, and let ’em cook for about an hour. Yep, you heard that right – patience is the name of the game here. You want ’em to be fork-tender and oozing with that smoky flavor.
What type of potatoes to smoke
When it comes to taters, you want ones that can handle the heat – literally! Russets are the MVPs of baked potatoes, my friends. They’re starchy and fluffy, makin’ ’em perfect for loadin’ up with all your favorite toppings!
What kind of pellets to use
Now, let’s talk about the fuel that’ll power your spud adventure! Mesquite, hickory, or applewood – pick your poison! Each type of pellet adds its own special twist to the flavor, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
What toppings should I put
Oh, this is where the fun really begins! Let your imagination run wild! Sour cream, chives, bacon bits, shredded cheese – it’s a flavor fiesta! The possibilities are endless, so feel free to pile on your favorites.
Personally, I like to go all out with a mountain of cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of crispy bacon. It’s a flavor explosion that’ll have you doin’ the happy dance, trust me!
What to serve
Alright, so your potatoes are smokin’ hot and ready to go. Now, what’s the best company for ’em? Let me tell ya, these taters are pretty versatile, so you can pair ’em up with just about anything!
Grilled steak, BBQ chicken, or even some juicy burgers – they all play nice with smoked baked potatoes. It’s like a backyard cookout made in foodie heaven!
What to do with leftovers
Now, I know what you’re thinkin’, “Who could possibly have leftovers of these heavenly spuds?” But hey, it happens, and I gotcha covered!
You can repurpose those leftover taters into some tasty dishes! Dice ’em up and throw ’em in a skillet with some veggies and eggs for a smoky breakfast hash. Or slice ’em up and make some loaded potato skins for a game day treat!
Random fact: Did you know that the world record for the heaviest potato ever grown is a whopping 11 pounds and 5 ounces? Talk about a spudzilla!
In closing, my fellow grill enthusiasts, smoked baked potatoes on a Traeger are a culinary adventure you don’t wanna miss. It’s easy, it’s smoky, and it’s downright delicious. So grab your spuds, fire up that grill, and get ready to take your taste buds on a wild ride!
Thanks for joinin’ me on this potato escapade. Until next time, keep grillin’ and chillin’ with a side of smoky satisfaction! Remember, life is better with a potato in each hand – cheers to that!
Baked Potatoes On The Traeger
Experience potato perfection with our signature baked potatoes on the Traeger. Unleash your taste buds and savor every scrumptious bite.
- 4 large russet potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 6 slices cooked bacon crumbled
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Preparing the Potatoes
- Preheat your Traeger grill to 350°F (180°C). This will take about 15 minutes, during which time you can prep your potatoes.
- Wash the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
- Using a fork, poke several holes all around each potato. This helps the steam escape during cooking and prevents the potatoes from bursting.
- Rub each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and salt. The oil and seasoning will enhance the flavor and crisp up the skin.
Smokin' the Potatoes
- Once your Traeger grill is preheated, place the potatoes directly on the grill grates.
- Close the lid and let the potatoes cook for about 1 hour. You'll know they're done when you can easily insert a fork into the center, and the skin is crispy.
- While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the toppings: shred the cheddar cheese, crumble the cooked bacon, chop the green onions, and snip the fresh chives.
Assembling and Serving
- Carefully remove the cooked potatoes from the grill using grill tongs. Be cautious, they'll be hot!
- Let the potatoes cool for a few minutes, then slice each potato lengthwise down the middle, creating a little pocket for the toppings.
- Load 'em up! Stuff each potato with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, a generous sprinkling of crumbled bacon, and a handful of chopped green onions and fresh chives.
- Serve the loaded baked potatoes hot and sizzling from the grill. You can dig in right away or set up a baked potato bar, allowing your guests to customize their spuds with their favorite toppings.