This post won’t be so much as recipe, rather it will be a guide on how to cook twice baked potatoes on your grill. Why would you want to cook twice baked potatoes on the grill? Why not? Actually, there are a few good reasons why you would want to. One being we are approaching summer and the dreaded heat it brings. Sometimes you just don’t want to turn on your oven and have it heat the house. Especially if you are already going to be firing up your grill to cook a nice steak or maybe some chicken for dinner. Another good reason is the wow factor. Imagine the surprise on your guests face when you cook them on your grill. They will be shaking their heads in disbelief that you could even do such a thing. But when it really comes down to it…..your grill is just an oven….granted its an outdoor, firebased oven, but still just an oven. Anything you can cook in your oven, you can cook on your grill with a bit of practice and maybe some tweaking of the instructions.
First thing you want to do is prep your potatoes, just like you would if you were making them in your oven. Go ahead and wash the skins off making sure to remove any dirt. Than pierce each potato a few times with a fork. Apply olive oil to the outside and then sprinkle with some sea salt. Pretty simple so far, right?
Now let’s get to the part about your grill. Obviously, I don’t know what kind of grill you have and you probably know by now that I have an Egg (if you don’t know that, where have you been?). But I will attempt to give you instructions so that you can cook these on whatever type of grill you may have.
If you have a Big Green Egg or other type of ceramic kamado style grill, you will want to get your grill stabilized at 400F (just like you would your oven) with the placesetter legs up (to provide the indirect method of cooking) and the grate on top of that.
If you have a gas grill, you want to have the burners on one side lit and the other side turned off. Without knowing your grill, I can’t say what your burners will need to be set on, but you want the temperature where the potatoes are sitting to be 400F. The potatoes will go on the unlit side, opposite the lit burners. They may need to be rotated part way through ensure that they cook evenly.
If you are using a charcoal grill, place the lit coals on one side of your grill and the potatoes on the other side. Once again there being such a variation of grills, I can’t really help you more than that.
One thing I would highly recommend (not just for this, but for all of your grilling/smoking) is that you have a good, reliable thermometer to monitor the heat of your grill. The Maverick ET-732 is a great choice for any griller (and would make a great Father’s Day gift which is just around the corner, Ladies). It has two temperature probes, one that monitors the temperature of your meat and the second one monitors the temperature of your grill. Another great feature is that it has a wireless receiver that you can carry away with you that works up to 300 feet away. So you can go inside and prep dinner or kick back on the couch and watch your favorite sports team all while keeping track of the temperature of your grill and the meat on it. I personally do not own one. I’ve got the older ET-73 (still a great unit) but it only broadcasts to 100 feet on a good day. I have heard nothing but good things about it the 732. Not only does it broadcast farther, but it seems like they improved some of the things people griped about. When mine does kick the bucket (going strong after 2 years), I will replace it with this one. Anyway, if you had this, you could use it to ensure that your potatoes are cooking at 400F.
The potatoes should take around an hour to bake on your grill (just like they would in the oven). Once they are done, remove them from the grill and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Once cool, slice each potato in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl, reserving the skins. Here’s where you can go online and look up a recipe for what to mix in. Mrs. G did these while I was outside, so I didn’t see how she did them, nor did she measure anything out. Most recipes will call you for you to add some milk (maybe cream), some butter, salt and pepper, some cheese, maybe some green onions or bacon. Really whatever you want to add to them. Mix them up until they are nice and creamy and then return the mixture back to the potato skins. Top with some cheese, maybe some bacon and more green onions and then return them back to the grill.
You will want them to bake for another 10 -15 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.
Of course, Man (or Woman) can not live on potatoes alone. So you might want to serve it up along with some meat…like a nice 16 oz ribeye, cooked medium rare to medium.
So next time you fire up your grill, whether you are cooking for just you or you are trying to impress your friends or family, throw a couple of taters on there and blow their minds with some twice baked potatoes. They will be in disbelief that you cooked them on a grill and they will love them.