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Coal Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes roasted directly on hot coals


  • large sweet potatoes
  • aluminum foil
  • butter
  • olive oil


  • Light your charcoal pile and let the coals burn down while you prepare the potatoes.
  • Wash and dry the sweet potatoes and then cut them lengthwise about 3/4 of the way through. Don't cut them in half, we are just trying to let them open naturally as they cook and cook through a little quicker.
  • Rip off two identical pieces of aluminum foil.
  • Place one sweet potato in each of the double aluminum foil packs, sprinkle with some olive oil and then wrap them in the foil tightly, completely sealing in the potatoes.
  • Using tongs, carefully nestle (I guess that's the word) each sweet potato on top of the hot coals. Use the tongs to move a few coals to partially cover the potatoes.
  • Roast the sweet potatoes on the grill for an hour. I like to stick them on while the grill is getting hot and while I prepare the meat for the grill. Grill the meat on the grate while the sweet potatoes hang out and roast underneath. You know, two birds and all.
  • After an hour, carefully remove the sweet potato pouches from the grill and set aside to let them cool off enough to handle.
  • Carefully unwrap the roasted sweet potatoes and serve.