Smoked Baked Potatoes

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This extremely easy recipe for smoked baked potatoes is sure to result in the tastiest potatoes you’ll ever eat! They’re everything you love in a baked potato with a wonderful smoky twist.

Smoked baked potato topped with shredded cheese and sour cream with text overlay - Smoked Baked Potatoes.

Smoked Baked Potatoes

Regular baked potatoes are great and all, but smoked baked potatoes are that and so much more. Baking them in the smoker adds the most amazing smoky flavor (without being too overpowering), and the potatoes come off the smoker soft and fluffy with perfectly seasoned skin.

The best thing about these smoked baked potatoes is how easy they are to make. You only need 4 ingredients to make these (3 if you use Hey Grill Hey’s Beef Rub), and they’re basically foolproof. Beginning smokers rejoice! This is a great recipe to try if you’re just starting out or need to break in a smoker.

Four scrubbed russet potatoes lined up on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients for Smoked Baked Potatoes

Now, as promised. These baked potatoes only require 3-4 ingredients. Here’s what you need for these baked potatoes:

  • 6 large russet potatoes. I recommend going with classic russet potatoes for this recipe. These potatoes are high in starch and the quintessential baking potatoes. They also take the smoke well and provide you with a good, hearty side dish.
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil. Grab some high-quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
  • 4 teaspoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub. My Beef Rub is a salt and pepper-based rub that adds lots of amazing flavor to beef and vegetables. If you don’t have any Beef Rub, no worries! You can season these potatoes with 2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper!

That’s it! No fancy ingredients or special trips to the grocery store are needed! Now all you need to do is grab some wood, light the smoker, and get to cooking.

Four russet potatoes on a wooden cutting board being drizzled with olive oil.

How to Smoke Baked Potatoes

Smoking baked potatoes may just be the easiest thing you cook on your smoker. The only thing you need to worry about is maintaining a consistent temperature. Here’s how to smoke baked potatoes:

  1. Preheat. Fire up the ol’ smoker to 225 degrees F. You can use pretty much any hard or fruitwood you like for smoking, and the potatoes will pick up the perfect kiss of smoky flavor. I say experiment until you find the one you like best.
  2. Season. Scrub and dry the potatoes. Pierce with a fork all around each potato. Next, drizzle with olive oil and season with Beef Rub or salt and pepper.
  3. Smoke. Place the potatoes on the grill grates of the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for around 2 hours or until the potatoes have softened and pierce easily with a metal fork.
  4. Serve. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings!

The best thing about this method is that you can toss your seasoned potatoes on the smoker alongside whatever else you are cooking. Meat and potatoes are the ultimate duo, right? I’ve cooked these alongside smoked prime rib, and it makes for the most amazing meal. Smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, all of these are perfect smoked potato accompaniments.

Smoked baked potato topped with shredded cheese and sour cream.

How Long to Smoke Baked Potatoes

I found with the smoker preheated and running consistently at 225 degrees F, it will take around 2 hours to smoke a baked potato. Better yet, have an instant-read thermometer handy, and cook these potatoes until the temperature reaches 205-210 degrees F. 

One final way to tell how long to smoke baked potatoes is to pierce the potatoes with a fork. If they pierce easily they’re ready to eat!

More Smoked Potato Recipes

Smoked potatoes are on a whole other level of smoky goodness. They’re filling, hearty and make the ideal side for BBQ. If you’re looking to add to your recipe arsenal, try out these other smoked potato recipes from Hey Grill Hey.

Smoked Baked Potato Recipe

This post was originally published in December 2018. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips, but the recipe remains the same.

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Smoked Baked Potatoes

By: Susie Bulloch (
4.74 from 15 votes
Smoked baked potatoes are the tastiest potatoes you'll ever eat! They're everything you love in a baked potato with a smoky twist.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Servings6 people


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  • 6 large Russet potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub or equal parts salt and pepper


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F. Any wood works well with baked potatoes, so you can experiment to see which is your favorite.
  • Season. Scrub and dry the potatoes well. Pierce each potato with a fork on all sides. Drizzle with olive oil and rub all over the skin of the baked potatoes. Lastyly, season each potato on all sides with the Beef Rub or salt and pepper.
  • Smoke. Place the potatoes directly on the grill grates of the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 2 hours or until the potatoes reach 205-210 degrees F. You'll also know they are done when they pierce easily with a fork. 
  • Serve. Remove the potatoes from the smoker and serve with your favorite toppings.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 793mg | Potassium: 1547mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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54 Reviews

  1. Therese says:

    Had the potatoes in for almost 3 hours and they were still not done.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Sorry to hear about your experience. I would check your smoker with a reliable external thermometer to make sure it’s running at the right temperature.

  2. Bob Lindemann says:

    Delicious! One thing to note – in directions above it says 2 hours at 225, on video it says 3 hours at 225 – in actuality it took me 4 hours at 225. They were great and had great smoke flavor!

  3. Jeff says:

    This was delicious but my potatoes stalled at 174° at about an hour and a half and never climbed

  4. Joe l Fitzsimmons says:

    Excellent way to completely cook a whole meal on a smoke

  5. Bob H. says:

    These smoked potatoes were excellent. Simple and tasty, far better than your everyday version. I find that the simpler the recipe, the better the result.

  6. DaveH says:

    This has been one of my go to camping recipes for years. This and pulled pork dirty fries are my favorite way to use pulled pork.

  7. Edward Rodgers says:

    Can you smoke the potatoes a couple days in advance then reheat them?

    1. DaveH says:

      Are you thinking hunting or fishing trip? After a couple of days, they likely won’t make great baked potatoes but certainly some awesome fried potatoes.

  8. Jason says:

    I can’t get past rubbing them taters with either left over bacon grease or ghee. Give um some good kosher sea salt and sum fresh ground pepper. Throw um on the smoker. Bacon is smoked right next to them. Freaking amazing. Please folks never wrap those russet’s in foil, let um take on all the flavor. Peace!