These Smoked Sweet Potatoes are topped with whipped honey butter sprinkled with candied pecans. It’s just a little bit of heaven in every single bite. It’s up to you to decide if this is a dessert or a side dish.
Typically, baked taters are served as a side dish. This one serves that purpose as well.
But, let me just tell you that you’ll take one bite of this and have trouble deciding if it should be a dessert. Completed in all in just about two hours, it’s just at the cut off for Quick Smoker Recipes.
For Thanksgiving or any fall occasion, serve this up instead of sweet potato casserole. It’s a fraction of the work and I swear it will beat it out in taste tests.
🍽️ Why This Works
Simple | This works just like the baked spuds in the oven. No extra effort is needed to whip these up and place them on the grill or smoker.
Make as Many as You Like | This is scalable. It’s easy to make one or two for a quiet dinner on Saturday night on the deck or throw 10-12 of them on the smoker and make the dreamiest side dish for your cookout.
Change the Toppings | Mix this up and turn it exactly into the recipe you want it to be. Simple butter and potato is always a nice classic that satisfies every time. Go wild and make it with Black Bean Taco Stuffed inspired for a full meal deal.
Sweet Potatoes | When picking them, make sure to choose similar sizes and check for blemishes. You can always check How Many Potatoes in a Pound if you are looking for sizing.
Kosher Salt | We like using the larger coarse salt for cooking as it is lighter and flakier.
Honey | Use something sweet here if you don’t like honey. Great substitute options are maple or agave syrup.
Candied Pecans | Choose the candied nuts you like, whether it is walnuts, cashews, or almonds. Look for the bag of them in the produce department or baking aisle at the grocery store. Or consider making your own candied version or using the smoked nuts version with no extra sugar.
⏲️ Equipment and Tools
Smoker | We pulled out our steady Big Green Egg today to whip these up. The recipe works perfectly on your Masterbuilt, Camp Chef, Char Broil or Traeger smokers.
Char Broil’s smoker line runs from a great starter off-set version up to a larger digital electric with three smoking racks to hold a couple briskets or a few racks of ribs.
Camp Chef’s smokers are beasts! They are solid, highly regarded and ready to light the fire for your next smoke with their high tech wifi + bluetooth enabled versions.
Masterbuilt’s smoker line has something for everyone and is a great one for anyone who doesn’t know if they want to make this a full time hobby yet with their digital options or the propane with thermostat control. You simply dial up the temp you are looking for. No extra thinking here.
Wood Chunks | We opted for good ol’ pecan again, just like we did for our Smoked Baked Potatoes.
Step One: Heat the smoker up to 250°.
Step Two: Scrub the sweet potatoes and pat dry.
Step Three: Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Step Four: Place on the smoker and allow to smoke for 2-2.5 hours, depending on how large the sweet potatoes are. They should be fork tender when taking them off.
Step Five: Remove from the smoker and add whipped honey butter and candied pecans to serve.
Whipped Honey Butter
Step One: Add the room temperature butter, brown sugar, and honey to small food processor. Whip until smooth.
Step Two: Refrigerate until ready to serve.
❗ Recipe Tips and Tricks
Don’t worry about reaching for foil like we do for the Grilled Sweet Potatoes. These will smoke better when all of the skin is exposed.
Use the fork prick method to test doneness or look for an internal temperature of 205-210°.
🧑🍳 Storage and Reheating
These store in the refrigerator for up to three days in a sealed container. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Make the whipped butter up to a week in advance. If making the candied or smoked nuts, do those ahead of time as well.
Additions and Substitutions
Agave Syrup or Maple Syrup | Use either of these in the whipped butter or simply as a drizzle before serving using unsalted butter.
Keep it Simple | Just add a pat of butter and serve. There is no need to go extravagant.
Peanut Butter with Sriracha | This combo will shock your taste buds as the crunchy peanut butter mixed with the slightly spicy sriracha sauce is sooo good. It’s a crazy combo similar to peanut butter and bananas on a sandwich.
Italian Style | Use leftover meaty pasta sauce and parmesan cheese to create a hearty meal in your potato.
Pizza | Grab all your favorite pizza toppings along with some cheese to pile high a huge pizza spud.
There are so many suggestions on how to best serve these that the options are endless.
If you are thinking of a backyard cookout, make up a big rack of St Louis Style Ribs, Smoked Hot Dogs, Smoked Flank Steak or Smoked Hamburgers.
If you are making these for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, reach for the Twice Smoked Ham, Grilled Turkey, Smoked Cornish Hens or Grilled Prime Rib.
❓ Recipe FAQ
Smoking at 225 will take 2.5 to 3 hours to smoke.
It will take 2-2.5 hours to smoke until done.
We often do but there is so many opinions on this. There are people that have had them explode on them when they didn’t. There are people that swear it doesn’t matter. We do poke them and other baked spuds, but it’s up to you.
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Smoked Sweet Potatoes
- 4 Sweet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
- ½ cup Candied Pecans
Honey Whippped Butter
- 1 stick Butter softened to room temperature
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp Honey
Smoked Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Heat the smoker up to 250°.
- Scrub the sweet potatoes and pat dry.
- Drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt all over.
- Place on the smoker and allow to smoke for 2-2.5 hours, depending on how large the sweet potatoes are. They should be fork tender when taking them off.
- Remove from the smoker and add whipped honey butter and candied pecans to serve.
Honey Whipped Butter
- Add in the room temperature butter with the brown sugar and honey to small food processor. Whip until smooth.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.