Nothing goes better with frilled meat then a baked potato on the grill. There are a few different ways to bake your potato but they all make an amazingly delicious meal.
The simplest way to bake a potato is to scrub it clean. Then brush some oil on it and wrap it up in a sheet of aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped potato on the grill and let it cook until it is tender when pierced with a fork. This can take one to two hours if you start with a good-sized raw potato. You can speed up the process by popping them in the microwave until they are still firm then wrap them in foil and put them on the grill to finish cooking. This method keeps the potato skin from getting to crisp and is great for those who like to eat the skin too.
The way most campers and hikers learned to cook a baked potato when grilling was clean the outside skin well. Then wrap the potato in foil. This packet is placed into the actual coals of the charcoal grill. Watch the potato because it can get very hot and cook more quickly than on the grill rack. This won’t work if you are grilling on a gas grill but it works well on a charcoal-fired grill or an outdoor campfire grill.
If you are a fan of potato skins then you don’t need any covering to cook your potato. Simply clean the skin well. Rub on some butter or oil and sprinkle some sea salt over the potato. Place it on the grill away from the direct heat of the coals. Close the grill lid to aid in cooking. When they are about halfway cooked poke some holes in them with a fork or toothpick and turn them over the other side to finish cooking. To make them cook faster use smaller potatoes or precook them by boiling or microwaving for 3 minutes first. When they are soft open up the top by making an “x” in them and add butter or other seasonings. When the butter is melted remove them from the grill to a plate.
If you have really large baking potatoes then cut them in half, rub with butter and add some herbs and seasoning. Wrap them up in aluminum foil securely so the butter can’t run out of the packet. Put these directly on the grill and let them cook for at least 30 minutes or until the insides are soft when poked with a fork.
The traditional butter, sour cream, chives, and bacon are always delicious accompaniments. But why not try adding some of the meat you grill. Grilled chicken or brisket with cheese and onions is sure to be a hit. Or fill the potato with grill veggies sprinkled with parmesan cheese. You’ll find so many ways to use these baked potatoes you’ll be automatically popping them on the grill every time.