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smoked sweet potatoes

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes fanned out and basted with butter and a sweet BBQ rub. Then smoked with high indirect heat until caramelized and tender on any grill, pellet grill, or smoker. Whether you've got a Weber kettle, a Traeger pellet grill, or even a Masterbuilt electric smoker, we've got you covered!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Potato, Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American, Australian, barbecue, BBQ, Smoked
Servings 6 people
Calories 450 kcal


  • A Smoker or Pellet grill -OR-
  • A Gas or Charcoal Grill setup for indirect heat
  • A Foil Lined Baking Tray
  • A Knife
  • A Basting Brush
  • Hickory, Maple, and/or Apple pellets, woodchips, or chunks


  • 6 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 stick Salted Butter
  • Your Favorite Sweet BBQ Rub


  • Preheat the smoker, or grill setup for indirect cooking, to 375°F. If using a pellet grill, load the hopper with your shosen pellets, turn on the grill, and set the temperature for 375°F.
    a pelet grill set to 375 degrees

Prepare the Sweet Potatoes

  • Slice the potatoes about ⅔ of the way through, every ⅛ of an inch from one end to the other, creating a "fan"
    fanning sweet potatoes to smoke
  • Soften the butter in the microwave but do not melt. Add a tbsp or 2 or your favorite sweeet BBQ rub and mix together with the softened butter.
  • Place the potatoes on a foil lined baking tray and baste them with the butter/rub mixture using a basting brush. Try and make sure to get the mixture in between every slice.
    basting butter mixture on sweet potatoes

Smoke the Sweet Potatoes

  • Once the grill or smoker is near its temperature, add your wood chips, wood chunks, or pellets into a pellet tube smoker and place over the direct heat and close the lid.
  • Once the grill or smoker is up to 375°F and producing smoke, place the entire baking tray with the sweet potatoes into the smoker, or on the cool side of the grill.
    sweet potatoes on the smoker
  • After 30 minutes, baste the smoked sweet potatoes with the butter that has melted and collected at the bottom of the pan. Make sure to get in between each slice. Then close the lid again.
    basting butter on smoking sweet potatoes while cooking
  • After another 30 minutes, or 60 minutes total, open the lid and baste the smoked sweet potatoes one last time in the same manner.
  • Check for doneness by piercing the potato with a knife or fork. It should pass through effortlessly when they are finished.
    checking doneness of the cooked and smoked sweet potatoes
  • Remove the tray from the grill or smoker using oven safe BBQ gloves and place somewhere to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
    finished smoked sweet potatoes



Video courtesy of Grilla Grills
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