My husband has been on a potato binge as of recently. I'm not complaining one bit, especially because it's been fun experimenting with new recipes to keep things fresh and exciting in the kitchen. The other day he asked me how to BBQ potatoes so we came up with this, Loaded BBQ Potatoes.
We have all made potatoes in the oven but one of the many questions that people ask me is if you can BBQ potatoes?
Can you BBQ Potatoes?
YES, you absolutely can BBQ potatoes, and they are delicious! You can do them whole like a baked potato or, you can dice up the way my dad used to make them all the time growing up. They were one of his specialities, along with seriously the most amazing Roasted Chicken of all times. I need to get that recipe ASAP for you guys.
Back when we lived in Tucson, we could really BBQ at any time of the year because well, winter doesn't really exist there. So while these are basically perfect for summer, you can make them any time you're heading out to grill. Dad used to smother some chopped potatoes with butter, paprika, salt and a little pepper and then wrap them up and throw them on the grill. It was heavenly.
I wanted to add bacon and cheese, because they are 2 super important food groups that we can not ignore. So I did. And this is what happened. Loaded BBQ Potatoes.
Basically here's the plan. You're going to chop up some gorgeous Yukon Gold potatoes into bite sized pieces. Then you'll douse them with some olive oil, a bit of garlic salt and some cooked bacon. Toss everything together and then wrap up individual portions in aluminum foil and throw them on the grill. A few minutes later, you'll add some shredded cheddar cheese and some chopped scallions and serve them up alongside a nice cold beer and call it a day.
This is such a useful technique too, similarly seasoned cubed potatoes put in an oven could be used to make some parmesan roasted potatoes, or on a grill to make these. One a great addition to a brunch menu and the other will make your friends at the BBQ party love you even more!!
How to BBQ Potatoes in foil?
Prep potatoes accordingly and tear 4 large sheets of aluminum foil, about 16 inches long each. Divide the potato mixture amongst the 4 sheets of aluminum foil and fold the sides up on both ends so you create a securely wrapped parcel for the potatoes. You want to make sure that the potatoes are not stacked on top of each other so they cook evenly.
What temp to BBQ potatoes?
When it comes to BBQ potatoes it's best to approach it low and slow. I like to aim for around 350-400 degrees and let them cook for about 20-25 min depending on how crispy you want them . If you fire up your grill to max temp and try to bbq them too fast, you are going to end up with burnt bottoms and under cooked tops.
So here ya go, Loaded BBQ Potatoes. I pinkie promise these sassy tots are going to be your new fav summer side dish. And if you've got some vegetarians coming over (we do!) I just leave out the bacon and call it a day! Win/Win for everyone.
Here are some of Thomas' other fav potato recipes:
Loaded BBQ Potatoes
- 6 large Yukon Gold Potatoes cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1 yellow onion finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 4 strips cooked bacon I prefer applewood smoked bacon
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 scallions roughly chopped
- kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Prepare your gas or charcoal grill to high heat.
- In a large bowl, toss together the cubed potatoes, chopped onion, olive oil and garlic salt. Break up the cooked bacon and toss small bits into the potato mixture, making sure everything is evenly distributed.
- Tear 4 large sheets of aluminum foil, about 16 inches long each. Divide the potato mixture amongst the 4 sheets of aluminum foil and fold the sides up on both ends so you create a securely wrapped parcel for the potatoes.
- Place the 4 parcels on the grill and cover. Let the potatoes cook for about 7-8 minutes on each side. When flipping the potato parcels, be sure to use a pair of tongs and a spatula so the parcels stay intact.
- Once the potatoes are fully cooked and fork tender, you can peek into the parcel and check, open up each of the parcels and distribute the cheese on top of each portion of potatoes along with the chopped scallions. Let the parcels cook for about 1 minute more just to melt the cheese.
- Carefully remove the potato parcels from the grill and serve the potatoes either in the aluminum foil or transfer them to individual plates. Season with salt and pepper as needed.