Smoked loaded twice baked potatoes are a spicy, smoky take on traditional loaded twice baked potatoes. With barbecue seasoning and smoked paprika, these smoked loaded twice baked potatoes are full of flavor and cheesy potato goodness.
I just love a good loaded twice baked potatoes. They are like next level mashed potatoes, full of cheese and bacon.
Well, if regular loaded twice baked potatoes are next level mashed potatoes, then these smoked loaded twice baked potatoes are next level twice baked potatoes.
They’re also commonly referred to as double smoked potatoes, instead of the more traditional twice baked potatoes. Whichever name you know them by- they’re an epic, delicious side dish that you need to add to your repertoire asap.
Delicious Smoked Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
Have you ever had a smoked potato? Smoking the potatoes adds a whole extra level of flavor to potatoes. It takes them totally over the top.
Plus, I’m adding extra layers of flavor to these potatoes with barbecue rub. It makes the filling so good! Sort of like barbecue potato chips but in mashed potato form. So yummy!
How to Make Smoked Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
Making the most delicious smoked spuds takes a bit of time, but it’s so well worth it! Let’s break it down. None of it is difficult if you take it step by step.
Start by add the baking potatoes to a large mixing bowl and drizzle them generously with olive oil. Then rub the oil into each potato and salt the skins.
After you’ve got your potatoes oiled and salted, you can set up your smoker. To get your smoker going, add some wood chips to the smoker and fill the water pan halfway full.
Now you can put the oiled, salted potatoes directly on the grates of the smoker. You will need to add more chips to the smoker occasionally as the potatoes cook.
Smoke them at 250 for 3 hours. The potatoes should be fork tender. Once they are you can carefully remove the potatoes from the smoker and place them on a plate.
Let them rest until they are cool enough to handle.
Make the Potato Filling
Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, you can slice them evenly in half. Then use a spoon and scoop the centers of the potatoes out into a bowl.
Make sure you leave enough potato in each skin so they skins are sturdy and won’t break.
Once you have all the potatoes scooped out, mash the potatoes with a potato masher and cream cheese, green onions, your barbecue seasonings, butter, bacon, cream, and 1 cup of shredded cheese to the potatoes.
Stir everything together until it is evenly incorporated.
Now that you’ve made your filling, you can spoon the filling into the waiting potato skins. Put the stuffed potatoes into a smoker safe baking dish.
Top each potato with a sprinkle of paprika and extra cheese. Return them back to the smoker and let them smoke for another 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Serve hot and enjoy the cheesy goodness. Just look at that drool-worthy cheese-pull!
What to Serve with Smoked Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes:
These smoked loaded twice baked potatoes would be a unique twist on traditional Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, particularly if you plan to grill your turkey.
You can check this guide on how to grill your turkey out if you’re interested in trying that this year.
Outside of Thanksgiving, these smoked loaded twice baked potatoes would pair well with picnic and barbecue food. I love them with:
- Smoked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
- Smoked Hard Cider Beer Can Chicken
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Apple Cider Baked Beans
- Barbecue chicken
- Smoked Macaroni and Cheese
That’s another reason I love smoking things, when we pull it out- we load it up. We’ll have our main course meat going, and a couple sides. When the timer’s done, so’s our whole meal. One stop, dinner’s done, and everything is equally amazing.
TIPS & TRICKS For Making These Double Smoked Potatoes Absolutely Amazing:
- Once you’ve scooped the potatoes out, but before filling them- use a silicone brush to paint the inside with a thin coating of barbecue sauce. Trust me.
- You can wrap the stuffed potatoes with uncooked strips of bacon and then smoke them for the second round. Smoke them until the bacon fat’s rendered and the strip edges are crisped.
- We tend to use a blend of apple wood and pecan chips, but cherry, hickory, and even alder would all work well.
- Want to switch it up? Swap the shredded cheddar for colby jack, Monterrey jack, mozzarella, or even shredded pepper jack. All make delicious substitutions.
Other Twice Baked Potato Recipes You Might Love
Are you looking for other twice baked potato recipes? Try these:
- Pumpkin Parmesan Twice Baked Potatoes
- Twice Baked Tex Mex Taco Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole
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Smoked Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
- olive oil
- 6 jumbo russet baking potatoes washed, scrubbed & dried
- 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
- 6 oz cream cheese softened
- 4 tbsp butter softened
- 1 tbsp barbecue rub
- 6-8 slices bacon cooked crisp & crumbled
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- smoked paprika optional
- Add all of the potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle them generously with olive oil. Using your hands, rub the oil into each potato.
- Generously salt the oiled spuds. Set them aside.
- Add some chips to your smoker, fill the water pan (if using) halfway full, and transfer the potatoes directly to the grates of the smoker.
- Smoke the potatoes at 250 degrees for 3 hours, adding chips every so often as needed. At this point the potatoes should be fork tender- if not, let them continue cooking until they're tender.
- Use tongs to carefully remove the potatoes from the smoker to a waiting plate. Let them rest just until cool enough to handle and sliced them evenly in half, lengthwise.
- Using a spoon, scoop the centers out of the potatoes. Be careful not to tear the skin, and leave just enough layer of flesh on the potatoes so that they're not just skins & somewhat sturdy. Transfer the scooped flesh to a waiting mixing bowl. Continue until all the potatoes are done.
- Using a potato masher, finely mash the potatoes in the bowl.
- To the mixing bowl add the cream cheese, green onions, rub, butter, bacon, 1 cup of the shredded cheese, and the cream. Stir everything together until evenly incorporated & the filling mixture's creamy.
- Divide the filling mixture evenly out among the potatoes until all are evenly stuffed.
- Transfer the stuffed potatoes to a smoker safe baking dish. Sprinkle each potato with some smoked paprika, if using.
- Top the potatoes evenly with the remaining shredded cheese.
- Return the potatoes to the smoker, and smoke them for 30 more minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted and the filling is heated through.
- Remove the potatoes from the smoker, serve them & enjoy!