Looking for a different way to cook your root vegetables such as potatoes, beets, onions and yams? By choosing to cook your veggies in the hot coals from your grill, you do have to ditch the exterior skin of the vegetable however you are left with a tasty, smoke flavoured dish that is a perfect complement to a steak. You can use a charcoal grill or the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker to roast your veggies. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Get your grill all set up – you will probably want to use a chimney starter to get the coals nice and hot.
- Prep your smoker so that it preheated to the right temperature
- Add the coals to the bottom of the grill and make sure they are evenly spread out.
- Add your wood chips (you can use hickory, maple or cedar for a full smokey flavour that will pair nicely with most meats)
- Prepare your veggies and place them in the basin of the grill, spreading them out and making sure the coals surround them. For potatoes and yams, you will want to make sure that you prick the skins with a fork so that they can absorb the smokey flavour of the wood chips as well as preventing them from exploding in your grill.
- Brush your potatoes with butter and then season them with salt and pepper
- The skins should be blackened when they are done which usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour (potatoes may take a little longer).
Don’t be afraid to be adventurous with your smoker grill, you really can’t go wrong when cooking veggies on your grill. Not only is clean-up a breeze when cooking on your grill but baked potatoes and veggies are the best complement to a nice juicy steak or chicken.