Saturday, August 27, 2011

Grilled Potato Salad

There was NO tailgating this morning for Trevor's game since we had to leave the house before dawn to be at his last pre-season bowl game this morning.  We had to be there at 7am. 

He is #50 and nailed this tackle.

But tailgating season is upon us and one of the common side dishes found at a tailgate is the ubiquitous potato salad. If you want to make your potato salad stand out as something special, try grilling it. Take your favorite potato salad recipe and grill some of the main components. This is a trick taught at Kingsford University. Grilling your potatoes and veggies will boost their flavor. 

grilled potato salad, bbq plate

Before you can have a side dish, you have to have a main dish so I smoked three racks of spare ribs.
Rib set up for kamado grill, Big Green Egg rib set up, Craycort 13" used for ribs
Rubbed and on the Big Green Egg.  Used hickory & cherry wood.
Ribs with bones sticking out, big green egg ribs

Grilled Potato Salad

2 lb red bliss potatoes, halved
1 ear corn, shucked
1 ea jalapeno
2 ea green onion
1 stalk celery (trim leaves and reserve for the dressing, see below)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp black pepper, ground

3 oz Dukes mayonnaise
2 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp celery leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh cayenne pepper, seeded and finely chopped (sub ½ tsp red pepper flake)
½ tsp fresh sage, finely chopped

Toss potatoes in oil, salt and pepper. Place on skewers and microwave for 3 minutes. Flip and microwave another 3 minutes.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Place the potato skewers, corn, and jalapeno on a 350f grill. Cook for 8 minutes, turning it all every 2 minutes. 

In the last 2 minutes add the green onion and celery.

grilled potato salad, vegetarian grill dish, BBQ side dish

Remove the potatoes from the skewers and cut in half (so they are now quartered). Cut the kernels off of the ear. Peel, seed, and dice the jalapeno. Chop the celery and green onion.

Toss all of this into a large bowl. Mix with the dressing. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Chill for at least one hour.

Ribs and potato salad
It's hard to make potato salad look awesome but ribs help!

Served with BBQ ribs and Bush Original Barbecue Beans.

[Standard Disclaimer] I am currently in a partnership with Bush Beans for some upcoming events but this post has nothing to do with that. Specific products named in this post are just because I like them. I wasn't compensated for this post.


  1. So, I was thinking I had a good potato salad, but this definitely raises the bar. Wow!

  2. I have never been a potato salad person. To much work or the store bought stuff. This looks worth to work and in on my holiday weekend short list. Thanks for the pointers.

  3. If you can't tailgate, taking food like that instead is the next best thing. And good on you for using products you like, whether or not you are doing something with them on the side.

  4. Really nice photos Chris. I'm loving this idea of grilled potato salad. If that plate were in front of me, my first bite would be of the potato salad ... it does look awesome.

  5. Grilled tater salad sound so delish! I would have never thought to make it this way...Looks wonderful!

  6. Love it that football season is here!! Wish it was a little cooler here..feels weird to be watching football when it's 105!! lol
    I love grilled potato's about the only way I will eat it any more!!

  7. I think it looks AWESOME! Grilling all the veggies is such a great idea. The potato salad looks fantastic and so do those ribs.

    P.S. I am so excited for you - Trader Joe's is the best.

    P.S.S. I was looking at cookbooks in a bookstore recently and I saw one called The Big Green Egg Cookbook and I instantly thought of you.

  8. This combines two of my favorite things: Grilling and starch. Love it!

  9. In my opinion this looks like a delicious recipe and i think that it is not so difficult so i will try it very soon. I will post again after i will try it, thanks for sharing.

  10. Really? You guys didn't want to wake up at 6 to start tailgating? Odd.


    Well, this sounds like a fabulous POST game meal. And the potato salad does look pretty awesome.

  11. Tailgating at sunrise could work provided there is enough Bloody Mary mix.

  12. I am a total potato salad snob considering all but my Mom's version as inferior, but I've got to try this as it sounds delicious. From my blog comments, looks like you've been power reading again.

  13. Clever and creative. You mentioned something about grilling bell peppers in a Saldana at Sippity Sup recently so it does not surprise me to see the grill applied to an untypical beauty of a potato salad. GREG

  14. Where did you get that stand for your Craycort Grate? I need one of them.

  15. Wow nice photos! I will definitely try this recipe

  16. I love grilled potato salad, and your recipe looks delicious, Chris!

    Kim in MD

  17. Love this. Roasted potatoes make an excellent potato salad. I'm sure that grilled ones are even better!

  18. Your potato salad rocks! I love that you used red potatoes, they have a ton of flavor to begin with. I've never seen celery on a grill before or heard of Duke's - that must be a Southern specialty.

  19. Yay for football season! Your grilled potato salad looks beautiful! I usually am not a big fan of potato salad but I bet I'd like this grilled version.

  20. I am featuring this on my blog, but my own version of course LOL Happy New Year Green Egg!


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