Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Mash

Grilled sweet potatoes pick up a nice rich caramel flavor from all of the natural sugars they contain. This version of sweet potato mash is inspired by the classic, though sickly sweet, sweet potato casserole. The pecan BBQ rub brings the nutty element so many of these casseroles are topped with. This is a perfect side to be served with either meat or fish during the holiday season.
sweet potato mash

Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Mash


December 14, 2018

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 8 servings
sweet potato mash


4 pounds of sweet potatoes- cut in half. Try to find ones of similar size.

Duck Fat Spray

Pecan Flavored BBQ Rub- we like Meat Church Deez Nuts or Heath Riles Pecan Rub

1/2 cup half and half

3/4 stick unsalted butter


1Preheat grill to medium heat or about 400f. We used a pellet grill for ease and the addition of smoke flavor.

2Place the cut potatoes on a platter face up. Spray with Duck Fat and season well with pecan rub.

3Place on GrillGrates flesh side down and allow to cook for about 20 minutes turning 90 degrees once. Keep an eye that the flesh does not become too dark or begin to burn. If so, lower the heat of your grill. Flip the sweet potatoes to the skin side and cook until the flesh is soft.

4Remove from grill to a pan.

5While the sweet potatoes are still hot squeeze or spoon the flesh from the skin into a bowl and discard the skin.

6Add the half and half and butter along with some additional pecan rub seasoning and some fresh crack black pepper.

7Mash the sweet potatoes with a large fork or potato masher. Check seasoning and adjust to taste.

8Will hold for a long period of time in a warm oven if made ahead. Will reheat nicely as well.