You want that smoke? Well this charcoal baked purple sweet potato recipe is literally and figuratively fire!
Delicious super food, purple sweet potatoes are baked on top of hot coals and served topped with jerk butter and maple syrup. The sweetness of the potatoes are balanced against the savory heat from the jerk spice and elevated with the maple.
On the song "Tupelo" John Lee Hooker strips it down and it's just his voice and an acoustic guitar. Going with a solo instrument, the acoustic instead of his normal electric guitar, the song is just chords and his voice very similar to this dish which is just the fire and the sweet potatoes. The recipe is as rustic and bare-bones as recipes can be allowing the main ingredient to stand-out in a big way.
BAKED PURPLE SWEET POTATO RECIPE INGREDIENTS
- Purple Sweet Potatoes
- Jerk Butter
- Maple Syrup
How to make coal roasted sweet potatoes
This is an old school dish prepared in as rustic and basic way as there is. There are no magic ingredients as it’s literally just fire and potatoes.
Prepare the fire by light charcoals in your smoker using whatever method you typically use. Allow the coals to cook down to a white ash.
Place the sweet potato directly onto the coals for about an hour. Flip the potato a few times to ensure all sides are cooked.
Remove the smoked sweet potatoes from the grill and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.
Slice the top of the sweet potato enough to create an opening. Using a fork mash the potato up a bit. Top with the jerk butter and maple. Eat!
Smoked Sweet Potato COOKING TIPS AND CONSIDERATIONS
Choose a potato that is more round than long. They take a bit longer to cook, but they’re easier to manipulate and serve without falling apart.
Make the jerk butter ahead of time. You can use regular butter, but the jerk compound is easy and the returns are tremendous!
Go for a 2 for 1, I.e. grill a second ingredient such as chicken or steak while the potato is roasting.
This recipe works the same for regular orange sweet potatoes.
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- 2 larger Purple Sweet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Jerk Butter
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- Prepare the fire by lighting charcoals in your smoker using whatever method you typically use. Allow the coals to cook down to a white ash.
- Place the sweet potato directly onto the coals for about an hour. Flip the potato a few times to ensure all sides are cooked.
- Remove the smoked sweet potatoes from the grill and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.
- Slice the top of the sweet potato enough to create an opening. Using a fork mash the potato up a bit. Top with the jerk butter and maple. Eat!