How to Bake a Potato in the BBQ - Easy Instructions

Learning how to bake a potato in the BBQ is easy. The great thing is that the potatoes can 'bake' on the grill while you're using the barbecue to cook the rest of the meal. Here are some simple instructions to get you going:

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  • Preheat the barbecue to high heat. Indirect heat is great, but direct heat will work too.
  • Wash the potatoes under cold, running water. Don't peel them, but cut out any bad spots or eyes.

  • Pat dry.

  • Lightly rub the entire potato with olive oil.

  • Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper if you like.

  • Tightly wrap each potato in two layers of aluminum foil.

  • Place the wrapped potatoes on the preheated grill.

  • Put the lid down on the BBQ and cook. Depending on the size of the potato, it can take from 30 minutes (for small potatoes) to 60 minutes to cook through. Potatoes will be tender in the middle when done (or you can carefully squeeze the potato - if it's soft, it's done). Turn once or twice during the cooking time, more often if the potatoes are over a direct heat source.

Grilling Tips

  • For a delicious crispier skin, unwrap the potatoes during the last 10-15 minutes of cook time and place directly on the grill.

  • If you're in a rush, cut the potatoes in half instead.

  • If you're really in a pinch for time, parboil the potatoes first. Boil them in a pot of water first for 5-8 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. Drain, pat dry, season, wrap, and then bake them on the BBQ.

  • Add extra seasonings to your potato before wrapping - it doesn't always have to be salt & pepper! Try lemon pepper or garlic seasoning, or a sprinkle of fresh or dried herbs.

  • For a tasty variation, slice the potatoes about 1/4" thick, drizzle with melted butter and toss with garlic and herbs. Add a few thinly sliced onions for extra flavor. Wrap about 5-6 slices per foil packet.

  • Any type of potato can be barbecued. Russet potatoes work well - they're known as 'baking potatoes' and are nice and fluffy when done.

  • Open the foil packets carefully - potato will be hot! Serve hot with fresh butter, sour cream, chives, parmesan, bacon bits, or any other delicious toppings you like.

That's all there is to it! Now that you know how to bake a potato in the BBQ, check out other side dishes for BBQ or other BBQ recipes.



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