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smoked sweet potatoes

Smoked Sweet Potatoes With Candied Pecans and Bourbon Caramel on the Big Green Egg

  • Author: Taylor Shulman Carroll
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings/1 potato per person 1x


These smoked sweet potatoes can replace that old school sweet potato casserole because it will hit all those dessert notes with added benefit of smoke flavor from the grill!


  • 4 sweet potatoes (try and select ones of similar size)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter*
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Cast iron skillet, Dutch oven, or heat safe baking dish

*You may use olive oil, or melted coconut oil if you prefer. Or, use melted fat such as beef tallow for a savory contrast to this sweet dish and really make it pop!

Bourbon Caramel

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. bourbon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Candied Pecans

  • ½ lb. halved pecans
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1.5 tbsp. water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • Optional: 1 tsp. cayenne


Sweet Potatoes

  1. Wash the exterior of the sweet potatoes to remove any dirt and pat them dry.
  2. Using a fork, poke holes in the potato.
  3. Melt the butter in a sauce pan with the herbs to infuse the flavor, then remove the herbs from the pan.
  4. Baste the potatoes.
  5. Stabilize the Big Green Egg at 400 F, indirect.
  6. Place the potatoes on the grill in a baking dish, this will reduce the mess and bake until fork tender, about 1 hour, basting with the butter mix every 15 minutes.
  7. Once complete, cut them open and top with candied pecans and caramel.

Candied Pecans

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites with the water until frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and spices.
  3. Toss the pecans in the egg white mix until they’re coated, then pour in the dry ingredients and toss until evenly distributed.
  4. Smoke at 250 F indirect, stirring every 15 minutes until they’re golden brown, 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Allow them to cool completely for the shell to harden and enjoy


  1. Place the butter and sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pot over medium high heat and allow the ingredients to boil together until it reaches a dark amber color.
  2. Reduce the heat and whisk in the heavy cream and continue to cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the bourbon and spices.
  4. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert, Side Dishes, Smoked Sweet Potatoes
  • Method: Smoke Roast Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Southern

Keywords: smoked sweet potatoes, dessert sweet potatoes, big green egg recipes