You say potato, we say volcano. A "flavor explosion" sounds pretty good to us, so naturally we're drooling over these barbecue volcano potatoes by Smoky Ribs BBQ. They're an elevated take on the classic baked potato, with homemade meatloaf filling, seasoning galore, and bacon on the outside, resulting in a wild combination of bold texture and taste. Grab your favorite toppings and fire up the grill: your tastebuds are about to erupt with joy.

Barbecue Volcano Potatoes

Yield: 16

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp of all purpose seasoning
  • ⅓ cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 16 large potatoes
  • 2-3 green onions, diced, to garnish
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar, shredded
  • Crispy bacon, to garnish
  • Barbecue sauce of your choice
  • Toothpicks

Directions:

  • Heat the grill to 325°F over indirect heat.
  • Make The Meatloaf: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the milk, white bread, ground beef, salt, eggs, all purpose seasoning, and parsley. Knead with your hands until well mixed. 
  • Scrub and clean the russet potatoes, cut the ends off, and cut them in half. Use a coring tool to hollow them out from top to bottom. 
  • Stand the potatoes up on their widest end and stuff them with meatloaf all the way to the top. Wrap each one with bacon, using toothpicks to pin the bacon in place until cooked.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped halved potatoes on the grill (or in the oven, if desired) and let them cook for approximately 50 to 60 minutes, or until the bacon, meatloaf filling, and potatoes are cooked through. Glaze the potatoes with barbecue sauce 10 minutes before you remove them from the grill. 
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with cheese, wait for it to melt, and finish with green onions. Serve with the accoutréments of your choice (i.e., sour cream, butter, etc). 
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