Upgrade your family’s favorite side dish with these Smoked Mashed Potatoes. The smoky flavor and simple seasoning is now my go-to way to make mashed potatoes.
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My kids request mashed potatoes as their side dish for most meals I prepare. It is the ultimate comfort food and is easy to prepare. When I made these Smoked Mashed Potatoes the other day, they have decided this was their favorite way.
Smoker Recipes are so easy and the smoky flavor is amazing. We recommend to start making your side dishes in the smoker. I have made Smoked Potato Salad, Smoker Mac and Cheese and Smoked Corn on the Cob because the amazing taste and flavor.
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What are the Best Potatoes to Use?
We usually make mashed potatoes with russet potatoes but you can also use Yukon Gold Potatoes or Red Potatoes. Yukon Gold Potatoes have the buttery taste which results in rich and buttery taste.
We have had great results with any of these options and my kids ate every last drop.
- Russet Potatoes
- Butter (softened)
- Cream Cheese (softened)
- Heavy Cream
- Black Pepper
Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.
Additions and Substitutions:
- Sour Cream – Feel free to use sour cream instead of cream cheese to create a creamy texture.
- Butter – We usually use unsalted butter but if you use salted butter, just skip adding in the salt.
- Seasoning – Mashed potatoes are delicious with simple seasoning. Feel free to add in minced garlic, smoked garlic or any seasoning you prefer.
- Whole Milk – We love the way heavy cream creates a creamy texture. But you can also mix in whole milk.
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes – Top these mashed potatoes with shredded cheese, bacon bits and chopped green onions for the ultimate side dish.
Step by Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Clean and peel the potatoes. Then quarter them.
Step 2 – Place the potatoes in a large pot of water and cover them. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
Step 3 – Drain the potatoes and then return them back to the pot. Then add in the butter, cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes until they are light and fluffy or use a hand masher to mash them to the consistency that you prefer.
Step 4 – Spread the mashed potatoes into a cast iron skillet or a disposable aluminum pan.
- Step 5 – Place the potatoes in the smoker and cook for them 45-60 minutes until the potatoes have a deep smoked flavor.
- Step 6 – Serve warm and enjoy!
- Cutting Potatoes – Prepare and clean potatoes before adding to the large pot. We recommend cutting them in about the same size so they cook evenly.
- Cooking Potatoes – Cook the potatoes in the large pot until they are fork tender. You do not want to over cook them because they can become mushy.
- Combining Ingredients – Combine the potatoes with the butter, cream milk and seasoning with a hand mixer or a potato masher. You can also use a stand mixer if you prefer.
- Smoking Potatoes – We recommend using a cast iron skillet to cook the potatoes in the smoker. This helps to create the best texture and a smoothy and creamy center.
How to Make Ahead:
These smoked mashed potatoes work great as a holiday side dish. You can easily prepare ahead of time and just reheat on serving day. Prepare the potatoes as directed and then store in the fridge until ready to smoke.
If you do this option, make sure to allow the mashed potatoes to come to room temperature before smoking. You can also prepare the potatoes and smoke them and just reheat when ready to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Feel free to use different types of wood chips when making these smoked mashed potatoes. We like the flavor that hickory gives the potatoes but you can also use cherry, apple or pecan.
No, we do not recommend covering the mashed potatoes as it smokes.
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Yes, freezing smoked mashed potatoes is a great way to enjoy for up to 2 months. Make sure to store in a freezer safe container for best results.
When you are ready to serve smoked mashed potatoes, allow the mashed potatoes to thaw overnight in the fridge. Then reheat in then reheat in the microwave or place in the slow cooker to heat thoroughly. Continue to stir as it is reheating to ensure potatoes are heated through.
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Smoked Mashed Potatoes
- Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clean and peel the potatoes. Then quarter them.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain the potatoes and then return them back to the pot.
- Then add in the butter, cream cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes until they are light and fluffy or use a hand masher to mash them to the consistency that you prefer.
- Spread the mashed potatoes into a cast iron skillet or a disposable aluminum pan.
- Place the potatoes in the smoker and cook for them 45-60 minutes until the potatoes have a deep smoked flavor.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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