Saturday, June 10, 2006

Juancho's Smoke-Grilled Potatoes

Join Juancho on his backyard BBQ adventures and discover a safe, sure and easy way to barbecue with optimum results - It's relaxing, it's fun, and it's absolutely delicious!!!
Potatoes… So underestimated, yet so beautiful !
Once you have tried these smoke-grilled potatoes, you won't be able to resist making them every time you see some spare space on you barbecue grate. This great sidedish can be prepared very easily alongside smoked meat such as chicken or spareribs.

The Potatoes
Wash 2 pounds (± 1 kilo) of potatoes throroughly under cold running water, brushing the skin all around with a stiff brush to clean off any soil or dirt. Blot dry using a clean towel. Since these potatoes are going to be cooked with the skin on, you may want to use biologically grown potatoes.
Cut smaller potatoes in half, larger potatoes in wedges. The trick is to obtain a bunch of potato parts with approximately equal thickness.
Put the potato parts in a salad bowl, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and stir thoroughly with a spoon to spread the oil evenly over all surfaces.

To add some extra taste, add ½ teaspoon of salt and 2 to 4 tablespoons of finely chopped herbs to the potatoes. We get very tasty results from a random mix of the following herbs which we grow fresh in our BBQ garden:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Spearmint
  • Chives
  • Sage

The Barbecue
Put the potato wedges around the meat on any grate area not directly above the fire. After about an hour of smoking without opening the lid too often, these potatoes should be well done. If you leave them a bit longer, they will get that nice crispy skin! It's worth experimenting.

Time to Relax?
Don´t worry, since these grilled potatoes will need at least 1 hour until they´re done (depending on the heat) they won´t interfere with your well deserved rest while your meat is smoking.

Dinner Time
After all that hard relaxing and/or riminiscing with your buddies, it's dinner time!

To make sure these 'taters are done, pick one of the thickest wedges and check the inside.

Favourite Combinations:
You may want to serve these smoked potato wedges with ketchup, mayonaise, barbecue sauce or any other sauce of your liking.
These smoked potatoes go well with any kind of meat, for example grilled chicken (see pictures). They also combine very well with the fresh taste of coleslaw or other salad.

Favourite Drinks:
Cold mineral water with fresh lemon slices, cold beer, cold dry white wine. When served by itself as a snack they go very well with a heavy red wine.

More to come...

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