Sunday, July 15, 2012

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a standard barbecue side dish and most people have a preferred recipe for it.  Here is my "basic" recipe for when I want old fashioned potato salad.  It works as a warm or cold salad.

Potato salad, BBQ sides

I made this yesterday because I was smoking some ribs as a surprise for Alexis and her co-workers for dinner at work.  Trevor and I packed the "to-go" boxes and dropped them off at the store just in time for dinner.

I've done posts on ribs several times so I'll just give the basics for my bbq nerd friends.

Ribs:  Loin back ribs (what most people call baby backs but technically baby backs are smaller)
Smoke:  2 hickory Mojobrick Bar-B-Cubes
Rub:  my version of Wild Willy's Number Onederful and Dead End Rib Rub layered on both ribs
Foil?:   Yes, with real butter, brown sugar, hot sauce
Times/Temps:  270f because I was trying to get them done quick.  2 hr 45 min bare, 45 min foiled, 45-60 min bare.  I lost track of the time on the second "naked" stage but it was definitely at least 45 minutes and not more than an hour.
Glaze:  Blues Hog (they like sweet ribs)

Potato Salad

  • 3 pounds red bliss potatoes (b sized), quartered
  • 3 boiled eggs, diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp celery, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp BBQ rub
  1. Boil the potatoes until fork tender.  Allow to cool.  
  2. Add the eggs to the potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together for the dressing.  Pour over the potatoes and egg, toss to coat.
Chris Grove loading Big Green Egg
Setting up the Egg for smoking.  I put new coal in, the wood, and now putting the used coal back in on top.

Big Green Egg ribs, BGE ribs, how to remove rib membrane
To take the membrane off, I work a finger or two under the membrane across the middle.

Big Green Egg ribs, BGE ribs, how to remove rib membrane
Then just pull it straight up and off in one piece.  

Chris Grove putting ribs on Big Green Egg, BGE ribs, how to grill ribs
Ribs rubbed and going on.

Big Green Egg ribs, BGE ribs,
Just about ready for foiling.

Potato salad mise en place, potato salad recipe, potato salad ingredients
These silicone pinch bowls that my sister gave me rock.   One of the most used things in my kitchen.

making potato salad
Not everyone likes eggs in their potato salad.  I do.  Sue me.

dressing for potato salad recipe
Taste the dressing for seasoning before mixing into the potatoes.  It is easier to adjust at this point.

Big Green Egg ribs, BGE ribs,
Gratuitous rib shot.

Big Green Egg ribs, Grill dome ribs
Very meaty ribs.

BBQ rib dinner, BBQ rib package, barbecue rib dinner
Assembly line.

BBQ rib dinner
Ribs, potato salad, and Bush's Grillin' Beans Southern Pit Barbecue flavor.

The ladies hated their food.  Just kidding, they loved it.  

[Standard Disclaimer] I have a business relationship with Bush Beans; however, this is not a sponsored post.


  1. Lucky ladies - that's a mouthwatering box of food!

  2. Two things: first, your basic tater salad is spot on. I'm amazed at the number of things that can go into it if'n you is of a mind. Second: you look a great deal like a member of my family. Any relations in NY State with the last name Frank or Williams? My hair was the color of yours until I made it go gray through overwork in the 80's.

  3. Amazing meal, Chris. You rock. Eggs are a requirement for a great potato salad. The more, the better!

  4. My Mom made potato salad today - very similar to yours. We love eggs in ours too. I never saw one with BBQ rub in it! It must be your "secret" for making it extra tasty. Those are some super lucky ladies! I bet they loved every bite.

  5. What a great husband! Food looks delish!

  6. Yum, I haven't had a good old fashioned potato salad in way too long. You are so right - it goes very well with BBQ.

    BTW, those are some lucky ladies.

  7. I love how you make surprise dinners for Alexis. So cute!

  8. Love potato salad and always good to enjoy it with some bbq!!! The boxes you packed looks better than any take out bbq order I've ever had!!

  9. Those are some lucky ladies! I love your potato salad recipe, and the addition of the BBQ rub!

    Chris- I have noticed that you wear protective eye goggles when you grill at your BGE. Do you wear them to protect your eyes from the heat or for some other reason? Thanks!

    Kim in MD

    Kim in MD

  10. Potato salad should ALWAYS have eggs in it! I have no recipes for potato salad as that job is handled by Mrs. G. She's picky about it and only makes the one handed down by from her mom and grandma so I'v never tried to make any.

    Love the boxed up meals. You sure did spoil Alexis and her co-workers.

  11. What a wonderful meal! Wish my husband enjoyed cooking. sigh Your potato salad is a little different from mine, but it looks pretty tasty all the same! Always glad to see people putting eggs in their potato or macaroni salads. Your ribs are gorgeous - and you make taking off the membrane look so easy; I always struggle with it.

  12. Less the jalapeno and rub, that's how my mom, and now I make it. The ribs look excellent as does the whole meal.

  13. Drooling here :) That looks amazing,Chris! I love a good and classic potato salad!

  14. Okay. I want the pork sandwich & shrimp for lunch and I want the ribs, beans, and awesome potato salad for dinner. Okay? thanks.

  15. I came over from Griffin's Grub (he posted your scampi today) and decided I'd better stop here and leave a comment before diving deeper in your site. I love, love, your food! The potato salad is beautiful, but I can't see them very well because my eyes are honed in on those amazing ribs. Look at that smoke ring. Wow. I want, I want, I want. :)

  16. That reminds me, I haven't made potato salad all Summer! That's pretty much how I make my potato salad, minus the jalapeƱo and the rub. Great additions.

  17. You mean to tell me people make potato salad without eggs?! The meal looks wonderful and officially has me craving ribs, potato salad and beans for breakfast!


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