Hey there, folks! Get ready to embark on a smokin’ journey with me as we dive headfirst into the wonderful world of Traeger Sweet Potatoes. These orange beauties aren’t just your ordinary taters; they’re packed with flavor, and when you smoke ’em up on a Traeger pellet grill, they become downright irresistible. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get our pellet grill fired up because it’s time to unlock the secrets of making the most mouthwatering smoked sweet potatoes you’ve ever tasted!
How to Make Smoked Sweet Potatoes on Traeger
Alright, before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let me share a little story with y’all. One sunny weekend, I invited some friends over for a backyard barbecue, and I decided to experiment with sweet potatoes on my trusty Traeger. Let me tell ya, it was a game-changer. The sweet and smoky flavor combo was a hit, and I’ve been making them ever since. Here’s how you can do it too:
- Prep Your Grill: Preheat your Traeger to 225°F (I like to use hickory pellets for that extra smoky kick).
- Prepare Your Sweet Potatoes: Give those sweet potatoes a good scrubbing and pat them dry. No need to peel ’em; the skin adds a nice texture.
- Season Them Up: Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the spuds, and then generously sprinkle on some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can get creative with seasonings too—garlic powder, paprika, or even a hint of cinnamon can elevate the flavors.
- Smoke ‘Em Low and Slow: Place your seasoned sweet potatoes directly on the grill grates. Close the lid, and let ’em soak up that smoky goodness for about 2-3 hours, or until they’re tender on the inside. You’ll know they’re ready when a fork slides in with ease.
- Serve Hot: Once those sweet potatoes are smoked to perfection, remove ’em from the grill, and let them cool slightly. Then, slice ’em up and serve ’em hot. Trust me; the aroma alone will have your guests drooling!
Fueling the Flavor: Choosing the Perfect Pellets
Now, you might be wondering, “What pellets should I use for my Traeger?” Well, it depends on the flavor profile you’re aiming for. I mentioned hickory earlier because it pairs beautifully with sweet potatoes, but don’t be afraid to get creative. Applewood, cherry, or pecan pellets can also work wonders, each imparting its unique smoky essence.
To Poke or Not to Poke: The Sweet Potato Dilemma
Ah, the age-old question! You can, but you don’t have to. Poking some holes can help steam escape, which might make them cook a bit faster. But if you’re going for that super tender, almost mashed potato-like texture, skip the poking. It’s all about your personal preference, folks!
Sweet Potato Thermometer Magic: The Secret to Divine Doneness
Now, for the technical bit—internal temperature. You’re aiming for around 205°F (96°C) for that perfect sweet potato doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check it. The sweet potatoes will be tender and easily mashable at this temperature.
Sidekick Delights: Pairing Up with Traeger Sweet Potatoes
Alright, let’s talk sidekicks. These smoked sweet potatoes are so versatile; they can pair up with almost anything. Personally, I love them with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives for a loaded baked potato vibe. But they’re also great with grilled chicken, smoked pork, or even just a fresh green salad to balance things out.
Now, here’s a fun fact for you: leftover smoked sweet potatoes make killer mashed potatoes! Just reheat ’em, mash ’em up with some butter and cream, and you’ve got a whole new dish. You can also toss them into soups or stews for added depth of flavor.
Overall, smoking sweet potatoes on a Traeger pellet grill is a total game-changer. The smoky, sweet, and earthy flavors come together in perfect harmony. Plus, it’s a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re having friends over for a barbecue or just cooking up a cozy weeknight dinner.
Finally, in closing, I want to thank y’all for joining me on this tasty adventure. Remember, the key to perfect Traeger Sweet Potatoes is low and slow, a sprinkle of creativity, and a whole lot of love. So fire up that grill and get smokin’—your taste buds will thank you for it! Until next time, happy grilling, folks!
Traeger Sweet Potatoes
Prepare to fall in love with Traeger sweet potatoes. Experience the ultimate blend of savory and sweet that will leave you craving more.
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Optional seasonings: garlic powder paprika, or cinnamon
Prep and Season
- Preheat Your Traeger: Fire up your Traeger pellet grill and set it to 225°F (107°C). Allow it to preheat while you prepare the sweet potatoes.
- Clean and Dry the Sweet Potatoes: Give those sweet potatoes a good wash under cold water. Use a brush to scrub off any dirt. Then, pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
- Season the Sweet Potatoes: Drizzle each sweet potato with about half a tablespoon of olive oil, making sure to coat them evenly. Next, sprinkle on the freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. If you want to add extra flavor, now's the time to sprinkle on optional seasonings like garlic powder, paprika, or a hint of cinnamon.
Smoking the Sweet Potatoes
- Prepare for Smoking: Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the grill grates to catch any drips. This will make cleanup a breeze.
- Smoke 'Em Low and Slow: Place your seasoned sweet potatoes directly on the grill grates. Close the lid, and let them soak up that smoky goodness for about 2-3 hours, or until they're tender on the inside. Make sure to maintain a temperature of around 225°F (107°C) throughout the smoking process.
Check for Doneness and Serve
- Check the Internal Temperature: After about 2 hours, start checking the sweet potatoes' internal temperature. You're aiming for around 205°F (96°C) for that perfect sweet potato doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check it. The sweet potatoes will be tender and easily mashable at this temperature.
- Serve Hot: Once those sweet potatoes are smoked to perfection, remove them from the grill and let them cool slightly. Then, slice them up or serve them whole. Arrange them on a serving platter and get ready to dig in!