Monday, September 20, 2010

Coal Fired Sweet Potatoes

Most of the recipes I post on Nibble Me This can be made on a gas grill or converted to an oven. But not this one. This only works with a bed of real coals.

This little trick comes from Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book by Chris Lilly. It is so easy and effective that it is ridiculous. You simply roast sweet potatoes on a bed of coals. No oil. No rub. No foil.

I had just finished smoking a turkey breast and put 4 sweet potatoes in the coals.

20 minutes on one side.

Flip and 20 minutes on the other side.

Don't worry if they look, smell, or otherwise seem that they are burning. The sweet potato shells may even be fragile and break when you remove them. It's okay.
As they are cooling melt 1/4 cup butter and mix in 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/8th teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and salt. Chris Lilly also adds pecans to his mix but pecans represent all that is evil in the world so I skipped them. Split the sweet potatoes and drizzle the butter mixture over them.

These were so tender that they just melted under the fork as it drove down into them. The sauce poured buttery-sweet-spicy flavor all over the potatoes.

This is a great technique for cooking sweet potatoes if you ever need cooked sweet potatoes in a dish. But adding the sauce topping makes them shine as a side dish.

It's dishes like these that make Chris' book one of my favorite live fire cook books.

18 comments:

  1. I have cooked russet potatoes that way when camping. They always turn out great. Don't know why I didn't think of doing this with sweet potatoes.

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  2. I would have never thought to put the sweet potatoes (or anything else for that matter) directly on the coals. Fabulous idea! It looks amazing!

    Kim in MD

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  3. Every time I come to your site and remind myself that I need a charcoal grill!! This just solidifies that! I love sweet potatoes...they look perfectly done!

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  4. You're discovering the joys of caveman cooking!

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  5. For someone who doesn't have a grill or any access to real live coal. You don't know how much of a tease this is. Really. Seriously.

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  6. This is a wonderful alternative to cooking sweet potatoes. My dad is a staunch believer in grilling with coal and was disappointed when he received a gas grill. I will have to pass this recipe along to him. He often makes sweet potatoes and can appreciate this post.

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  7. Do I see R. Welch in the background?

    I try not to eat SP too much..but I do love them. ~Mary

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  8. yumms. sweet potatoes are my favorite. I can have these without havin dinner. its so healthy too. I went on a diet with these before. but eventually i got tired of it.



    have a lovely tuesday love.
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  9. Pecans are evil? :) You would not like our sweet potato casserole then as it is topped with them! But these grilled taters get 2 thumbs up.

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  10. I tried that while camping recently and we forgot them, so naturally we thought they were coals, as someone hunted them in the cooler, lol!

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  11. Pecans evil? I don't understand! GREG

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  12. Those look perfect to me, charred skin and all. The searing smell of their juices caramelizing is a powerful scent, and speaks of Fall in this part of the country. I love a good soft and creamy sweet potato.

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  13. That is a neat little trick! And the sweet and spicy sauce sounds like something special!

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  14. Done this with regular potatoes, but never sweet potatoes...I'm gonna try it.

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  15. I could eat just these for dinner and be perfectly satisfied! They look terrific Chris.

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  16. I am going to have to try this. They look delicious. Finally something I can cook in the firebox.

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  17. I'm going to try this tonight. I'm wondering if I can cook my salmon on the rack while the sweet potatoes are on the coals or do I need to cook the sweet potaoes first and then the salmon?

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  18. Awesome! I've got a couple sweet potatoes over here staring me in the face just begging to be cooked in a new and inventive way, and this method totally fits the bill. We'll be giving this a shot tonight. Can't wait!

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