Perfect & Simple: Baked Potatoes

Ask five different people how they make baked potatoes and you will probably get five different answers. Crisco, no Crisco. Butter, no butter, Poke with a fork, don’t poke with a fork. Foil, no foil.

So you are going to have to TRUST ME on this one, but time and again, this is the baked potato recipe you can count on:

Preheat oven to 350º.
Wash potatoes under running water with a vegetable brush (Go get one if you don’t have it!)
Allow potatoes to dry
Place directly on rack. No fork pokes. No fat. No Foil. No fuss.
Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on oven and size of potatoes.  Test for doneness by pushing a toothpick into them; the toothpick should slide in easily.  If the potato moves after piercing slightly, they need more time.  Try again in 10-15 minutes.

Slice open, press ends, and experience baked potato nirvana. Perfect & Simple

And while I post recipes that aren’t necessarily BBQ recipes, a perfectly baked potato is a great stage to feature succulent hunks of leftover brisket, pork, or chicken. Even on those rare occasions where you may be “BBQ-ed out” (competitors know what I am talking about), having a potato smothered in shredded cheese, maybe some sour cream, and BBQ meats can be a welcome and tasty departure.

Philip Allen