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Smoked Sweet Potatoes with chipotle butter

Sweet, smoky, fluffy, and so crazy good, Smoked Sweet Potatoes are a must-try whenever you fire up the smoker. And, topped with chipotle compound butter, these smoked potatoes are out-of-this-world good!

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With big, bold, smoky flavor and a kick of spice from the chipotle compound butter, these Smoked Sweet Potatoes are so gosh darn good and so crazy easy that anyone can make them.

I love tossing potatoes onto the smoker. They’ll cook at just about any temps (though the lower the temp, the longer they’ll take), and they take up hardly any room. I’m pellet frugal – if I’m firing up the Traeger smoker, then I like to use every bit of available space to use up all that tasty smoke.

Potatoes are perfect for the smoker – tuck them into the nooks and crannies and just let them cook until they’re fork tender! And they pair so well with so many other dishes – check out all my recommendations below!

What you’ll love about Smoked Sweet Potatoes


  • They’re soft, fluffy, sweet, and just the right amount of smoky!
  • Smoked Sweet Potatoes are so easy to make!
  • Smoke them at nearly any temp!

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes – Look for sweet potatoes all about the same size. Smaller potatoes will cook faster than larger ones.
  • Avocado oil – Or your favorite cooking oil.
  • Salt and pepper
ingredients to make smoked sweet potatoes

Ingredients For Chipotle Compound Butter

  • Butter – Salted butter; softened.
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo – You’ll need both the chipotle peppers and sauce.
  • Green onion – Sliced finely.
  • Smoked paprika – Regular paprika will also work.
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic is best!

What Is Compound Butter?

Compound butter is a fancy name for flavored butter. You see it in steakhouses a lot, and with many different kinds of butters and combinations of ingredients, you can switch up the flavors just how you like them. These Smoked Sweet Potatoes with chipotle compound butter are sweet, spicy, and smoky – and totally delish!

How To Make Smoked Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat your Traeger smoker (or another electric smoker) to 250-F.
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Rub the potatoes with the oil and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  4. Set them onto the smoker and smoke at 250-F for about 2 hours or until they are soft and probe tender.
  5. Cut the sweet potatoes open while hot and top them with the chipotle compound butter.

smoked sweet potatoes on a plate

How To Make Chipotle Compound Butter

  1. Add the softened butter, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, green onion, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic to a food processor.
  2. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Transfer the butter to a large sheet of plastic wrap and roll it into a 1-inch wide cylinder.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to slice and use.

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Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • How many sweet potatoes per person will you need? I count on one smallish potato per person. If they are really big, I’ll serve each person a half a sweet potato.
  • Pierce the sweet potato with a probe to see how tender they are inside, or give them a bit of a squeeze. They should be soft, but not so overcooked that the sugars start to ooze out of them.
  • What kind of pellets should you use to smoke sweet potatoes? I find pellet flavor doesn’t really matter – use whatever you’ve got on hand!

Can You Eat Sweet Potato Skins?

Yes! And, when you scrub them, oil them, and add salt and pepper, they are smoky and delicious! Plus, sweet potato skins are full of fiber and nutrition, so don’t just eat the fluffy inside, have some of the skin, too!

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How Long Does It Take To Smoke Sweet Potatoes

Smoking sweet potatoes aren’t quick – even with the heat way up, they’ll take quite a bit of time. My best advice is to pop the potatoes on for the last few hours of cooking whatever meat you’ve got on the smoker, and just let them cook low and slow! Bigger potatoes will, of course, take longer to cook.

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Smoked Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Compound Butter

Fluffy, sweet, smoky, and with a hit of spice from the chipotle butter, these Smoked Sweet Potatoes pair perfectly with anything off the grill or smoker!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pellet smoker, smoked, smoked sweet potatoes, smoker, smoker recipes, sweet potato, sweet potato recipes, sweet potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 479kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes scrubbed clean
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Chipotle Compound Butter

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat your Traeger smoker (or another electric smoker) to 250-F.
  • Scrub the sweet potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Rub the potatoes with the oil and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  • Set them onto the smoker and smoke at 250-F for about 2 hours or until they are soft and probe tender.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes open while hot and top them with the chipotle compound butter.

To make the Chipotle Compound Butter

  • Add the softened butter, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, green onion, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic to a food processor.
  • Pulse until well combined.
  • Transfer the butter to a large sheet of plastic wrap and roll it into a 1-inch wide cylinder.
  • Refrigerate until ready to slice and use.

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • How many sweet potatoes per person will you need? I count on one smallish potato per person. If they are really big, I’ll serve each person a half a sweet potato.
  • Pierce the sweet potato with a probe to see how tender they are inside, or give them a bit of a squeeze. They should be soft, but not so overcooked that the sugars start to ooze out of them.
  • What kind of pellets should you use to smoke sweet potatoes? I find pellet flavor doesn’t really matter – use whatever you’ve got on hand!

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1708mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 33094IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

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5 thoughts on “Smoked Sweet Potatoes with chipotle butter”

  1. 5 stars
    These sweet potatoes are delicious! But it is the butter I’m obsessed with. I have officially put it on everything hehe so flavorful!

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  2. 5 stars
    That butter! Ended up using it on steaks we had on the grill realizing I had some leftover from the potatoes. I will be making another batch!

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  3. 5 stars
    That compound butter!!! It was so good that I have been putting it on everything. We have had it on steak, grilled chicken and even topped steamed veg with it. Just wow!
    And on top of the smoked potatoes it was delicious.
    So much love for this recipe 🙂

    Reply

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