Thanks to my wife’s idea, I put together another side dish that can be made on the smoker. I made this one along with pulled pork, but it can also be used as a complete dish. And this is what I’m going to consider it to be, because in reality, it has meat, potatoes and vegetables all in one.
I’m really enjoying my wife’s growing interest in my website. She loves to cook, and she’s very good at it. Her creativity has greatly enhanced the variety of recipes coming out on Smoked ‘n Grilled!
So, let’s get to the recipe.
Sassafras Smoked Potatoes & Ham
2 Idaho Bakers
2 green onions (chopped)
Ham chunks (precooked – about 1″ square)
Grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)
Garlic Salt (to Taste)
First off, put the 2 potatoes into the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour. Once those are done, slice them up about 1/4 of an inch thick, or a little thicker if you’d like.
Spray the bottom of an aluminum foil baking pan. (Yes, the inside of the pan!).
Now layer the potatoes, onions, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt. In that order. Give it another spray of cooking oil and keep layering until you run out of potatoes. Now put an ample amount of the precooked ham chunks on top.
Now, if you haven’t already, get the smoker started and settled in at 225 to 250 degrees. Personally, I already had this going since I was already 4 hours into smoking a pork roast. Put the aluminum pan of potatoes and ham ingredients in the smoker.
In my case, the wood I was using for the pork roast was already used up, so I added right away, a chunk of sassafras wood. If you’re just starting the smoker, you might consider using sassafras if you have it. It imparts a great flavor. Another good one is mulberry. But you can use any of the milder woods like pecan, oak, peach, apple, etc. Unless you like a heavy smoke flavor, stay away from mesquite. The potatoes soak up the smoke very easily.
The potatoes and ham are already precooked, so you’re only warming things up, blending the flavors, and adding that delicious smoke to it. Take them off after 30 minutes. You don’t want the potatoes to dry out, just soak up that delicious smoke.
Enjoy, I know I sure did!