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How to Make Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Learn everything you need to know about how to make Smoked Mashed Potatoes! 

We smoke and then mash up skin-on red potatoes for maximum flavor and color.

Whether you’ve got a Traeger or Pit Boss pellet grill, a Masterbuilt electric smoker, or even a gas or charcoal grill, you can easily make these smoked mashed potatoes!

smoked mashed potatoes in a bowl

 

How to Prepare to Make Smoked Mashed Potatoes

First you’ll need to gather your ingredients and get the potatoes partially cooked before putting them in the smoker.

We chose to use small red potatoes because you don’t need to peel them and they are easy to mash, they have a lot of flavor, and they look very rustic when left “skin-on” and used for smoked mashed potatoes.

raw red potatoes on a cutting board

 

Ingredients for Smoked Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 lbs Red Potatoes
  • 1 and 1/2 Cups Half and Half
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Fresh chopped chives to garnish (optional)

 

Boil and Prepare the Potatoes

boiling red potatoes

While you can technically cook the potatoes entirely on the smoker, we find boiling them first to be a BIG time saver and we still get a lot of smokey flavor into the potatoes by smoking them at a low temperature afterward boiling.

We use the same technique with our smoked potato salad, and always have great results in about half the time it would take to smoke the potatoes from raw to cooked.

They also won’t risk drying out on the smoker because we only need to smoke them very low for 60 minutes vs. if we smoked them from raw at a higher temperature for 2 hours or longer to get them cooked.

Place the whole potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water until 1-inch above surface of potatoes.

Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook the potatoes until tender, about 20-30 minutes depending on size of the potatoes.

taking a boiled red potato out of a pot with a slotted spoon

Drain the potatoes and place them on a cutting board.

Cut them into quarters.  Do not peel the skins off.

If you want smaller pieces of skin in your smoked mashed potatoes, you can cut the potatoes into smaller pieces, but we like the large rustic looking potato skins in ours.

quartered red potato on a cutting board

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray or brush a thin layer of olive oil on the foil so that the potatoes do not stick.

Spread the potatoes out on the foil with the skin sides DOWN in a single even layer.

Do not spray or drizzle any oil on the potatoes themselves, otherwise the smoked mashed potatoes will be too oily later on.

quartered red potatoes on a baking tray ready to go in grill or smoker

 

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How to Set Up a Grill or Smoker for Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Because we’ve already cooked the potatoes we only need to use the grill or smoker to add some smokey flavor for our smoked mashed potatoes.

Let’s go through how to set up a few common types of grills and smokers to do this.

 

Pellet Grills and Electric Smokers

a smoker set to 180 degrees

If you’ve got a pellet grill like a Traeger or Pit Boss or an electric smoker like a Masterbuilt, set your cooking temperature to 180°F, or better yet, the “Smoke” setting if your smoker has one.

Learn all about the difference between the Smoke and 180°F Settings HERE.

 

Charcoal Grills and Smokers

putting grate on charcoal grill set up for indirect smoking

If you’ve got a charcoal smoker or kettle style grill set it up for low INDIRECT smoking with only a handful of unlit briquettes, one or two lit briquettes, and one chunk of smoking wood.

 

Smoking with a Gas Grill

If you are using a gas grill, we’d recommend using a pellet tube smoker filled with lit pellets to provide the smoke.

a pellet tube smoker making smoke

You may not even need to turn on your grill or at minimum light one far away burner on low to keep the grill temperature no higher than 180°F.

Learn all about How to use Smoker Boxes and Pellet Tube Smokers on Gas Grills HERE.

 

How to Smoke the Potatoes for Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Once you’ve got the temperature at 180°F with indirect heat on whatever grill or smoker you are using, place the whole pan of quartered red potatoes in the cooking chamber.

red potatoes smoking in smoker to make smoked mashed potatoes

We are going to smoke them for 60 minutes until you see them start to turn slightly yellowish and have a smokey flavor.

You can also rotate the pan as needed for more even heating, but you shouldn’t need to do too much else during this phase.

smoked potatoes turning golden in smoker

The moist potatoes will absorb plenty of smoky flavor in 60 minutes.

Avoid going much longer than 60 minutes or you risk drying the potatoes out too much which can make them harder to mash in the next step.

 

Use a Grill Basket or Phat Mat in Smaller Smokers

We placed a large baking sheet of smoked potatoes directly on our Pit Boss pellet grill grates, but depending on your space constraints, you may need to use a smaller pan, grill basket, or grill mat.

We are particular fans of the ORDORA Portable Grill Basket because it comes with its own handle, making it much easier to manage and move lots of delicate food, even shrimp, scallops, and asparagus around with one quick motion.

Another option is to use a Grill Mat, which are becoming increasingly popular in many BBQ circles, especially for delicate vegetables and small seafood like oysters.

Our personal favorite is the PhatMat Non Stick Grill Mat.

Just throw it down on your grill to keep your food all in one place and you can slide it around as needed to make room for other food without having to move each individual item.

It keeps your grates really clean, and when you are done, you just throw it right in the dishwasher!

 

Mixing Up the Smoked Mashed Potatoes

While the potatoes are smoking on the grill or smoker, you can melt the butter into the half and half.

Add the butter to the half and half in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat.

butter melting in half and half in saucepot

Stir and heat gently until the butter is completely melted and mixed into the half and half.

Set aside.

Once the potatoes are finished smoking, gather all your ingredients and get a large mixing bowl and a potato masher.

smoked mashed potatoes ingredients on a table

Carefully transfer the smoked red potatoes to the mixing bowl.

transferring smoked red potatoes to a mixing bowl to mash

Mash the smoked potatoes as best you can by themselves before adding the other ingredients (we will mash them more after adding them).

mashing smoked red potatoes in a mixing bowl

Gently stir in the butter/half and half mixture.

adding butter and cream to smoked mashed potatoes

Next, stir in the sour cream, salt, and pepper.

We recommend adding just half of the salt first, them mashing and checking for saltiness before adding the rest.

adding sour cream to smoked mashed potatoes

Gently mash again with your potato masher to incorporate all the ingredients.

Do not OVERWORK the potatoes or they can get gummy and taste less appetizing.

Just enough to get all the wet ingredients absorbed into the smoked potatoes and have a good texture.

mashing smoked potatoes in a mixing bowl

Check for saltiness and add more salt if needed.

Transfer the smoked mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish the top with more fresh cracked pepper and fresh chopped chives for extra color.

 

Serving Smoked Mashed Potatoes

smoked mashed potatoes in a bowl

Smoked Mashed Potatoes will go great with your Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey or Holiday Beef Roast.

But they’re also easy to make alongside some weeknight smoked turkey tenderloins or some simple smoked chicken thighs.

Enjoy!

 

What Other Foods Can I Smoke?

Looking for some more smoky inspiration?

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You’ve come to right place!

Check out this hand picked selection of great proteins to serve alongside your smoked mashed potatoes. 

And we’ve also listed some other great side dish recipes for your grill, smoker, or pellet grill too.

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Seafood

 

Poultry

 

Lamb

 

More Sides and Desserts

smoked mashed potatoes in a bowl

Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Learn everything you need to know about how to make Smoked Mashed Potatoes! 
We smoke and then mash up skin-on red potatoes for maximum flavor and color.
Whether you’ve got a gas or charcoal grill, a Traeger or Pit Boss pellet grill, or even a Masterbuilt electric smoker, we’ve got you covered!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Potato, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Australian, barbecue, BBQ, Holiday, Smoked, Thanksgiving
Servings 8 servings
Calories 600 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Stock Pot
  • Large Slotted Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Knife
  • Large Baking Sheet
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Smoker or Pellet grill -OR-
  • Gas or Charcoal Grill setup for indirect heat
  • Hickory, Mesquite, and/or Apple pellets, woodchips, or chunks
  • Small Saucepan
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Potato Masher
  • Large Serving Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs Red Potatoes 6 medium or 12 small
  • Olive Oil
  • Cups Half and Half
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt or 1 tsp Table Salt
  • ½ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Fresh Chives, finely chopped for garnish (optional

Instructions
 

Set Up the Grill or Smoker

  • Preheat the smoker, or grill setup for indirect cooking, to 180°F.
    a smoker set to 180 degrees
  • If using a pellet grill, load the hopper with your chosen pellets, turn on the grill, and set the temperature for 180°F or the "Smoke" setting.

Boil and Prepare the Potatoes

  • Place the whole potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water until 1-inch of water is above the surface of the potatoes.
    2 lbs Red Potatoes
    boiling red potatoes
  • Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 20-30 minutes depending on size of the potatoes.
    taking a boiled red potato out of a pot with a slotted spoon
  • Drain the potatoes, spread out on a cutting board and dry with paper towels.
  • Cut the potatoes into quarters.  Do not peel the skins off.
    quartered red potato on a cutting board
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray or brush a thin layer of olive oil on the foil so that the potatoes do not stick.
    Olive Oil
  • Spread the quartered potatoes out on the tray with the skin sides facing DOWN. Do NOT drizzle or spray any oil on the potatoes themselves.
    quartered red potatoes on a baking tray ready to go in grill or smoker

Smoke the Potatoes

  • Once you’ve got the temperature of the grill or smoker at 180°F with indirect heat, place the whole pan of quartered potatoes in the cooking chamber.
    red potatoes smoking in smoker to make smoked mashed potatoes
  • Smoke the potatoes for 60 minutes.
    smoked potatoes turning golden in smoker
  • While they are smoking, melt the butter into the half and half on the stove. Add the butter to the half and half in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat.
    6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, 1½ Cups Half and Half
    butter melting in half and half in saucepot
  • Stir and heat gently until the butter is completely melted and mixed into the half and half. Set aside.

Mix up the Mashed Potatoes

  • Once the potatoes are done smoking, remove them from the grill or smoker and carefully transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
    transferring smoked red potatoes to a mixing bowl to mash
  • Mash the smoked potatoes with the potato masher as best you can by themselves before adding any of the other ingredients (we will mash them more after adding them).
    mashing smoked red potatoes in a mixing bowl
  • Gently stir in the butter/half and half mixture.
    adding butter and cream to smoked mashed potatoes
  • Next, stir in the sour cream, 1 tsp of the Kosher Salt, and the pepper.
    ½ Cup Sour Cream, 2 tsp Kosher Salt, ½ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
    adding sour cream to smoked mashed potatoes
  • Gently mash again with your potato masher to incorporate all the ingredients. Do not OVERWORK the potatoes or they can get gummy and taste less appetizing. Just enough to get all the wet ingredients absorbed into the smoked potatoes and have a good texture.
    mashing smoked potatoes in a mixing bowl
  • Taste test for saltiness and add the second tsp of Kosher salt if needed.
  • Transfer the smoked mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish the top with more fresh cracked pepper and the fresh chopped chives for extra color.
    Fresh Chives, finely chopped
    smoked mashed potatoes in a bowl
  • Serve while still hot and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 600kcal
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