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Baked potatoe issue

cansmoke

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I often "bake" potatoes in the smoker and am noticing that while the meat (tonight was meatloaf) is done, the potatoes are a bit underdone.
I use an MES 30 and it seems not to matter is the potatoes are on the track above the meat or below.
I rub the potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt.
 

h8that4u

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I always microwave my taters for 5 mins before they go on the grill or smoker. Wash, stick with fork a few times, microwave, then oil, salt/pepper wrap with foil and on to grill or smoker.
 

chef jimmyj

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Baking Potatoes are like Pork Butts. They are tender when the IT hits 205. I never timed it because we don't care for Smoked Potatoes. As a above, starting in the Microwave saves time...JJ
 

S-met

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Don't wrap the taters as the steam can't escape. Steaming is very different than baking. The starches seem to convert differently when baking wrapped vs unwrapped resulting in a better texture.
 

daveomak

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Yep.... Nekkid baked spuds are very fluffy.... none of that "pasty" texture...
 

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