Serving the main course on holiday dinners without a perfect sideline is not fair! To enjoy a perfect meal, you must pair it with an excellent side dish, and that sideline is Smoked Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes, when they give you a smokey taste, garnished with some maple syrup and melted butter, will rock your world.
Besides being delicious and the best sideline for almost every BBQ dish, Smoked sweet potatoes are incredibly easy to make and are absolutely amazing.
How to make Smoked Sweet Potatoes
We have broken down a superb recipe and technique to smoke sweet potatoes properly. Let us walk you through the perfect smoked sweet potatoes recipe.
Take your pellet smoker, fill in coal and wood chips.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
- Cook Temperature: 225ºF
- Wood Flavor: Applewood
- Servings: 4 people
- Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet grill)
- Cooking sheet
- BBQ tongs
- Temperature probe
- 4 sweet potatoes, rinsed and dried
- Typical butter or salted butter
- Olive Oil
- Brown sugar
- BBQ rub
- Start your smoker and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
- Wash and dry your sweet potatoes, then pierce them with a fork on all sides. Next, rub the olive oil all over the skin of the sweet potatoes and season the sweet potatoes with salt.
- Place the potatoes directly onto the grill and smoke for 2 hours. You want to be able to easily pierce the potatoes with a fork, so if you can’t do this by the 1-hour mark, you may need to smoke for longer.
- Prepare the garnishing.
- Once you pierce the potatoes, remove them from the grill, slice them down the middle, top them with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
BBQ Hero Tip: Try soaking your sweet potatoes in cold water before for a couple of hours before smoking.
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Starting your smoker and maintaining the desired temperature
Light up your smoker and maintain the internal temperature at 225ºF.
2) Washing sweet potatoes and get them ready for smoking
Place the sweet potatoes under cool running water and scrub them properly to remove all the dirt and grime. When done washing the potatoes, pat dry them with a paper towel. After that, take a fork and poke each potato from all sides. Do you know why we poke the sweet potatoes with a fork? We do this so the steam can have a passage to move out without exploding the potato.
Then brush them with olive oil and season the sweet potatoes with salt. Place them on a cooking sheet so that they can be easily transferred and smoked.
3) Smoke the potatoes
Place the potatoes directly onto the smoker. Before putting them in the smoker, make sure that the internal temperature is 225ºF. Let them smoke for almost 2 hours. After 60 minutes, open the lid and poke the fork in the potatoes. If it goes in quickly, it means that your potatoes are ready and if not, let them smoke for some more time.
4) Prepare the butter garnish mixture
Take a small saucepan and heat the butter. When melted, turn off the stove, add bbq rub along with brown sugar, whisk them, and let it rest for some time until it forms a paste consistency.
5) Serving time
Once you can pierce the potatoes, remove them from the grill, slice them down, top them with butter paste, and enjoy!
BBQ Hero Tip: If you have prepared your potates earlier than your main course, let them stay in the smoker at a temperature of 179ºF. By doing this you can serve hot and sizzling smoked sweet potatoes with the dish cuisine.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the healthiest way to cook sweet potatoes?
In my opinion, boiling sweet potatoes is the healthiest way to cook. Boiling sweet potatoes preserves more beta-carotene and increases the nutrient’s absorption over other cooking techniques like baking or frying. By cooking for only 20 minutes in a securely covered pot, up to 92 percent of the nutrition may be preserved.
How long does it take to smoke a yam?
If you are not in a rush, then at 225°F, it will take almost 2-3 hours to smoke the sweet potatoes properly. Or, if you are short on it, crank up the heat to 275°F-300°F. It will take almost 1 hour and 30 minutes to smoke the yam.
Is it OK to soak sweet potatoes in water?
Yes, it is fine soaking your sweet potatoes in cold water before for a couple of hours before smoking. It helps in removing the starches from the potatoes aids in their crispiness.
Is it better to boil or roast sweet potatoes?
I prefer to boil the potatoes rather than roasting them.
Compared to roasting and steaming, boiling may preserve the majority of sweet potato’s antioxidant potential. Baking can reduce vitamin A levels by 80%, which is twice as much as boiling. As a result, when it comes to preparing sweet potatoes, boiling is preferable to baking since it retains a more nutritious value.
What flavors go well with sweet potato?
Sweet potato goes well with several things like herbs and spices you can use
- Chili powder
- Pumpkin pie spice
Great Smoked Vegetable Options
If you’re looking to try other smoked vegetables, make sure to give our Smoked Corn on the Cob or Smoked Baked Potato recipes a try as well. They are easy to make and also go well with any meat and grilled asparagus.