How to Grill Potatoes for Delicious Results
There are various ways of grilling potatoes. You might be wondering how long does it take to grill baked potatoes, how do you bake a potato on a gas grill or how do you grill cooking potatoes so they are soft inside but not burnt outside. With a grill, cooking potatoes is easy if you know what you are doing. Read on for some handy tips and tricks for cooking potatoes on the grill.
The first thing you need to do is to clean the potatoes with a stiff brush. Pat them dry and poke ten holes in each one with a fork so they can vent steam. Rub canola oil over the potatoes and then sprinkle salt over them. If you like your potatoes to have a crispy skin, place them directly over the hot coals and bake them. If you prefer a soft skin, wrap each potato in aluminum foil before you bake them.
How Long Does it Take to Grill Baked Potatoes?
An hour is generally long enough to cook potatoes on the grill depending, of course, on the size of the potatoes and the heat of the grill. When a skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the potato goes in easily, the potatoes are done. If you do not have an hour, you can start the potatoes off in the microwave (without the foil!) and finish them off on the grill.
Is Your Grill Hot Enough?
If your potatoes are still not done after an hour, perhaps the grill is too cool. The easiest way to test the temperature of a charcoal grill is to hold your hand out, palm down, over the coals at the cooking height. If you can hold your hand there for five seconds without pulling it back, your grill heat is low, four seconds is a medium heat, three seconds is a medium to high heat, and two seconds means it is very hot.
Another way is to look at the ash. If the ash coating is thick and the red glow is not very visible, the heat of your grill is low. If the coals are covered with light gray ash, it is medium and if the red glow is visible through the ash, it is hot. To heat up the grill, move the coals closer together, open the grill vents if the lid is down or lower the height of the grill rack to bring the food closer to the heat.
How Do You Bake a Potato on a Gas Grill?
It is best to use a combination of direct and indirect cooking if you want to cook potatoes on a gas grill. You can do this by setting one side of the grill to medium low and the other side to medium high. Bear in mind that the grill will need to be covered when you cook potatoes like this, if you are planning to cook other food at the same time.
Another way to grill potatoes is to chop them into evenly sized pieces and put them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Add crushed or sliced garlic, chopped onions and oil, seal the foil tightly and cook the foil parcel in a closed grill above the heat. These taste really good!
Grilled potatoes go beautifully with any fish, meat, or poultry dish and many people say that grilled potatoes have their own unique taste.
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