Thursday, November 23

Coal Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I love baked sweet potatoes, but they take so long to make.  Plus, you have to heat up your oven and thereby heat up your house.  Not what you are looking for when it is hot outside.  So I started to roast the sweet potatoes in coals of the grill.  You need a charcoal grill for this method, but it is worth it.  The high heat sears the outside and makes the sweet potatoes come out super sweet and tender in around 45 minutes.

Coal Roasted Sweet PotatoesCoal Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Start up a chimney of charcoal and allow it to get white ash on the coals.

Once there is white ash on the coals, pour the coals out onto one side of your grill.

Perfect Coals

Place the sweet potatoes directly on top of the coals.

Add to the coals

After about 15 minutes rotate the potatoes by 1/3 of a turn.

Turn 1/3 turn

After another 15 minutes rotate the potatoes by another 1/3 of a turn.  At this point the outside of the potato should be completely blackened.  Don’t worry, only the outside of the potato gets charred.

At around 45 minutes the potatoes should be fork tender.  Remove and serve.

Perfectly cooked

I find that it is best to carve off a one inch strip of the charred skin and then split it open from there.  Top each sweet potato with 2 tbs of butter, 3 tbs brown sugar and a pinch of chili powder.

Coal Roasted Sweet Potato

You can just split the sweet potatoes but some people believe that the charred skin skewers the flavor.  However, Dana and I love hints of the charred skin in the potato.

Coal Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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Serves: 2
 
The best way to cook a sweet potato!
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 6 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 pinches chili powder
Instructions
  1. Start up a chimney of charcoal and allow it to get white ash on the coals.
  2. Once there is white ash on the coals, pour the coals out onto one side of your grill.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes directly on top of the coals.
  4. After about 15 minutes rotate the potatoes by ⅓ of a turn.
  5. After another 15 minutes rotate the potatoes by another ⅓ of a turn. At this point the outside of the potato should be completely blackened. Don't worry, only the outside of the potato gets charred.
  6. At around 45 minutes the potatoes should be fork tender. Remove and serve.
  7. I find that it is best to carve off a one inch strip of the charred skin and then split it open from there. Top each sweet potato with 2 tbs of butter, 3 tbs brown sugar and a pinch of chili powder.
  8. You can just split the sweet potatoes but some people believe that the charred skin skewers the flavor. However, Dana and I love hints of the charred skin in the potato.
 

This method is great as it cooks the sweet potato faster, seals in the sweetness and allows you to cook it without heating up your house. A win win in my book.

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Rex

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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