Can you put potatoes directly on the grill?

You can absolutely put baked potatoes on the grill. I’m not talking about wrapping them in foil and tossing them on the upper rack. Why bother with the grill? The foil will keep the smoke flavor out AND keep the skin from getting crispy. Boring. Leave the foil inside and smoke those potatoes indirect on the grill which will leave them with crisp, fantastic skin and a lovely smoky flavor.

Baked Potatoes on the Grill Ingredients:

  • 4 baking potatoes, washed and dried
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Granulated garlic

I’m not listing any amounts here because I don’t ever measure anything with this recipe. I simply coat. You’ll understand in a minute. Just know we are cooking these baked potatoes on the grill without foil.

Baked Potato Prep

Start off by drizzling or brushing olive oil over the baking potatoes:

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Drizzled

Then hit the tops of the potatoes with the salt, pepper and granulated garlic:

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Only season the top

Baked Potatoes on a Charcoal Grill

Next, prepare the grill for two zone or indirect grilling. In this case, I have my kamado grill set up with the plate setter in between the fire and the grill grate and a chunk of peach wood on the Rockwood Lump Charcoal. For a more traditional grill, put coals on one side and the potatoes on the other. Target temp is 300F degrees.

Baked Potatoes on a Gas Grill

Light the burners on one side of the grill and leave the other side off. Set a chunk of smoke wood on a grill grate over a lit burner and place the oiled and seasoned potatoes on the cool side of the grill. Close the lid and let the heat and smoke make those potatoes magical. Target temp in the grill chamber is 300F.

I place the potatoes seasoned side down on the grill:

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Baked Potatoes on the Grill

Then I hit the tops with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic to coat evenly:

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Seasoned on the top

***Pro Tip ~ Only season one side on the plate or platter and the other side on the grill

If I season the potatoes on both sides before they go on the grill, a bunch of the seasoning will just stick to the plate. So season the top, place them top side down on the grill and then season the other side that is now exposed on the grill. 

How to Cook Baked Potatoes on the Grill

Close the lid and let the heat and smoke work their magic. Now, don’t head inside and clean off that plate with the remains of the oil, salt, pepper and garlic. That’s flavor gold right there:

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A one way ticket to flavor town and the train is boarding as soon as the baked potatoes on the grill start to get soft

Keep this oil and seasoning around. When the potatoes start to feel soft, which requires a squeeze and can be pretty hot so be careful, drizzle the remaining oil and seasoning on the potatoes:

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Drizzling

How long before they start to get soft? About 45 minutes depending on the heat of the fire and the size of the spuds. Don’t bother flipping them over, just move them around if one is cooking faster than another, otherwise don’t move them.

How long do you cook baked potato on grill?

Total cooking time is about 90-120 minutes, again, depending on the heat of the grill and size of the taters. When they feel soft all the way through, remove from the heat and serve:

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Plated

Baked Potatoes on the Grill Run Down

The skin can get almost crispy with a lovely flavor of salt, pepper and garlic and a lovely hint of smoke. So easy to do in terms of prep, these baked potatoes on the grill are a hit any time I bake (grill) them. And it’s even vegetarian/vegan if you are on the plant based kick. Baked potatoes on the grill without foil are phenomenal.

Also, here is the post of the pre-marinated, reverse seared pork chops I grilled that are next to my potato

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5 from 5 votes

Baked Potatoes on the Grill

Baked potatoes, drizzled with oil, seasoned and smoked on the grill. These potatoes are night and day better than oven baked potatoes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 32 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: BBQ

Ingredients

  • 4 baking potato washed and dried
  • olive oil
  • coarse salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Granulated garlic

Instructions

  • Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and then hit them with the salt, pepper, and garlic
  • Prepare the grill for two zone or indirect grilling and add a chunk of smoke wood.
  • Target temp of 300 degrees
  • Place the potatoes seasoned side down on the grill and season the tops
  • Close the grill
  • When the potatoes start to soften up (approximately 45 minutes in), drizzle over them the remaining oil and seasoning from the plate they were prepared on
  • When the potatoes are soft all the way through (about 90 min) remove from the heat and serve

 

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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11 comments

Gotta save the Flavor Gold, man!

I have always been a wrap it and forget it type of guy… shame on me I guess. Thanks for the push to try these the right way!

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Weber,

Let me know how they come out trying it this way…

…….Scott

5 stars
Oh my god …thank you!! I just got done cookin potatoes on. Charcoal grill for the first time in my life…It poured down rain really hard…i did exactly what you said…my sister loved them..she says it was the best ever!! Includin oven baked..awesone thank you

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Carolyn,

Glad they came out so well. Glad you tried something new on the grill. It’s so much fun, isn’t it?

…….Scott

5 stars
Love the change in thought process !! Looks sooo good & cant wait to have a nice crispy peel!! Trying tonight ! 🙌🏻

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Don’t you still have to stab the spuds with a fork prior to setting them down on the grill? Otherwise, won’t they explode?
Thanks for the recipe. I hate tin-foil and can’t wait to try this method; will update with a rating once I do.

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Christine,

Nope. No poking with a fork…

…….Scott

5 stars
The best potatoes I’ve ever had

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5 stars
Extremely similar to what I do. I do however poke them with a fork on all sides. I premix olive oil, salt and pepper then massage that all over the spuds. Probably makes no difference but I like to think it allows the shoes and seasoning to penetrate into the potato during smoking..

Great tutorial Scott.

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5 stars
Your grilled baked potato was amazing! In fact my boyfriend said it was the best potato he has ever had, and to get any type of compliment from him is none existing to say the least, so thank you for your out of this world recipe. And seeing how I do the grilling I plan on trying many more of your grilling recipes. Such great potatoes!

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2 things I changed. I used a garlic infused olive oil, and a homemade garlic salt. I add dried home grown herbs to it. They’re simply “The Best” grilled spuds we’ve ever eaten. Thank you for this recipe.

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