Loaded Smoked Potato Skins

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Nothing beats a perfectly crisp potato skin packed with melty cheese and smokey bacon and coated in zesty sour cream.

It’s typical American bar cuisine and the ideal snack for your next tailgate or BBQ.

These smoked potato skins are grilled to provide an additional layer of taste, resulting in wonderfully crispy potato skin that will blow your mind.

What type of potatoes to use

Loaded Smoked Potato Skins

The Russet potato is ideal for storing potato skins. The thick shell helps them to crisp up properly, and the bigger size provides for plenty of stuffing area for the cheese and bacon.

This dish might also be made using Yukon Gold. The skin isn’t as thick, but they’re perfect for a bite-sized version.

How to make Loaded Smoked Potato Skins

1. Prep and grill

Lay down a layer of foil for each potato, then coat in olive oil and season.

I used the PS Seasoning BBQ General SPG seasoning for this meal. It’s a well-balanced combination of salt, pepper, and garlic that’s ideal for a baked potato.

You may create your own seasoning by blending 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper, and 1 tablespoon garlic powder.

Once seasoned wrap tightly in the foil.

Preheat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the wrapped potatoes directly on the grates.

I used my Napoleon Freestyle 425 for this dish. It’s a gas grill that makes preparing dishes a snap, but if you prefer, you can use a charcoal or electric grill instead.

You’ll cook them for around 45 minutes, or until they’re fork tender.

2. Cook the bacon

While your potatoes are frying, cook your bacon in a pan. For this recipe, I chose thick-cut bacon since it produces larger crumbles and more bacon taste in each mouthful (and who doesn’t love bacon?!)

When your bacon is done, take a knife and roughly slice it into pieces.

3. Pre-fill prep

Allow your potatoes to cool for 10 to 15 minutes after cooking so they don’t break apart when you chop them and are simpler to handle.

When the potatoes have cooled, cut them lengthwise down the center and scoop out the insides with a spoon. The interior of your potato skin should be lined with around of potato.

Lay out your potato skins and season the insides with salt and pepper.

You may also use your favorite beef or chicken rub, and if you want to create your own rubs, have a look at these 10 BBQ Dry Rubs You Can create at Home.

Try our Pastrami and cheese croquette recipe if you’re wondering what to do with that leftover potato.

4. The filling

Now that your potato skins have been seasoned, it’s time to stuff them with cheese. For this dish, I prefer to use a combination of thick-cut medium cheddar cheese.

Fill each potato skin generously with grated cheddar, then top with crumbled bacon.

5. Back to the grill

Return the potato skins to the grill for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.

Pull them off, and they’re ready to serve right away.

6. Serve and enjoy

Place the potato skins on a serving platter and sprinkle with chopped green onions. My potato skins are best served with sour cream for dipping.

Looking for more tailgate ideas

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Should you soak potatoes before smoking?

Is it necessary to soak potatoes before grilling? Soaking potatoes in salted water before grilling adds flavor while also removing some of the starch that may cause potatoes to become mushy.

How long should you smoke potatoes for?

Place the potatoes immediately on the smoker’s grill grates. Close the lid and smoke the potatoes for 2 hours, or until they reach 205-210 degrees F. When they pierce easily with a fork, you’ll know they’re done. Serve. Take the potatoes out of the smoker and serve with your preferred toppings.

What goes with loaded potato skins?

Buffalo chicken dip, coleslaw, chili, spinach artichoke dip, crispy green beans, potato rosti, bacon wrapped asparagus, blooming onion, goat cheese dip, baked beans, garden salad, fried pickles, and cheese fries are the greatest side dishes to offer with potato skins.

Can you make loaded potato skins ahead of time?

Tips for Making Potato Skins Ahead of Time

Make a bunch for the fridge or freezer! In the refrigerator This recipe will keep in the fridge for 3 days. Eat them cold or totally warm them in the microwave or oven before serving.

How long does it take to smoke potatoes at 225?

Set the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and place the potatoes on it. Smoke for 2 hours, or until the meat is soft and fork tender. Serve with your preferred toppings!

Should I poke holes in potatoes before smoking?

“Yes, it’s a good idea to prick them,” Smith told Food52. “It makes holes in the skin, allowing steam to escape.” Otherwise, they could explode—this doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen sometimes. The potato is full of water that is attempting to be converted into steam, or water vapor.

Do you wrap potatoes when you smoke them?

Season the potatoes with olive oil and a dry rub. We usually use 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon dry rub per potato. To wrap or not to wrap? If you want the smoke to seep into the potato, there’s no need to cover it with foil. Wrapping with foil keeps the smoke taste at bay.

Do you wrap potatoes when smoking?

Nope. On the grill, let the potatoes alone. This will crisp up the skin and allow it to absorb the Traeger’s moderate smoke flavor. They won’t acquire the taste or texture if you wrap them!

What is the best wood for smoking potatoes?

Pecan and mesquite woods are good, while cherry and apple woods provide a subtle smoker taste.

Can you eat the skin of a loaded potato?

Yes. To get the most out of your russet potatoes, eat the skin. The potato peel contains more nutrients than the potato’s inside. It is high in fiber, with the skin accounting for around half of the fiber in a medium potato.


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