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Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

These Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Fries are full of flavor.

They’re super simple to whip up and contain only 4 ingredients!

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries on blue plate

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Sweet potatoes don’t have to just be a recipe for Thanksgiving.

That said, who doesn’t love a big pile of marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes aside their roasted turkey?

Sweet potatoes, cut into thick wedges, cook up really quickly on the grill during the summer.

Grilled potato wedges serve as an excellent side for any summer barbecue — whether that is a a Blue Cheese Mesquite Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions, grilled chicken breasts, or something super simple like Grilled Brats.

I recently celebrated turning 34, and had a really fantastic day.

My neighbor, Becca, hosted a sweet birthday dinner for me along with my kiddos, her family, and my boyfriend.

Being the one who is always cooking and taking care of everyone else, it was really nice to have someone else cook a delicious birthday dinner (and bake a cake!) for me.

I was really busy cooking and working all day prior to the dinner.

I happened to prepare these Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Fries for the blog.

They were so good, so I texted Becca and told her that I’d be bringing them go share with dinner so we could all enjoy them together.

Becca had smoked 2 whole chickens on her smoker

Related: Check out my Easy Smoked Chicken recipe if you’re wondering how she did it!

For the sides, she made a huge green salad, steamed broccoli, and french fries for the kiddos.

And dessert was a yummy chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting that was covered in Chocolate Ganache.

The Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges tasted awesome alongside everything else.

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges sprinkled with cilantro on blue plate

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Grilled Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients

These grilled sweet potatoes use just four simple ingredients.

You’re welcome to play around with the seasoning to suit your tastes! 

This recipe in particular calls for:

  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Oil
  • Southwestern pork rub
  • Fresh cilantro  

How to Grill Sweet Potato Wedges

All I did was wash and dry the sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges (think: large steak fries size).

After that I tossed them with a little oil (something with a high smoke point is preferable since you’ll be grilling them).

Then, I hit them with a generous sprinkle with this Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub.

I preheated my grill to medium and then placed the wedges directly on the grill grates.

They only needed to cook about 3 – 4 minutes per side to get some nice grill marks and then get tender enough to eat.

If they char too quickly and don’t get tender fast enough, you can then transfer the grilled sweet potato fries to the top rack of the grill (avoiding the direct heat) and turn the heat down while they cook till tender.

I didn’t find that necessary though.

Afterwards, sprinkle the grilled potato wedges with chopped, fresh cilantro and enjoy!

Tips for the Best Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

Making grilled potato wedges is so easy, but here are a few things to remember when making this recipe:

  • Canola, safflower, sunflower, or avocado oil are good for grilling because they have high smoke points.
  • Leave the skin on the sweet potatoes when grilling them. The skin gets super crispy!
  • Try to flip the sweet potato wedges only once during the grilling process so that they develop those lovely grill marks.
Grilled Sweet Potato Fries piled on blue plate with cilantro

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More Grilled Vegetables

Looking for more grilled vegetable recipes to try? Here are some that look great to me:

I have never grilled carrots before, but these Grilled Carrots with Chipotle Lime Dip look tasty.

Grilled corn is one of my all time summer favorites! I would eat that all summer long. I bet it would be great added to tacos if you’re looking to Up Your Taco Tuesday Game, or cut off the cob and added to a bowl of 5 Minute Basic Guacamole.

In the winter I usually make Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic, but I like these Foil Grilled Southwestern Sweet Potatoes in the summer.

It has been a long time since I posted about Grilled Baby Artichokes. I just came across these Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Butter and now artichokes are now on my must make list.

Grilled Vegetables with Flatbread are a fun appetizer or meatless meal in the summer.

My favorite way to cook potatoes during the summer is still this Rosemary Foil Grilled Potato Recipe that I posted way back in 2009.

What veggies do you like to grill?

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Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Yield: serves 4 - 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

These Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges are full of flavor.

They're super simple to whip up and contain only 4 ingredients - Southwestern Pork Rub, Sweet Potatoes, Oil, and Cilantro for Garnish.


  • 20 ounces Sweet Potatoes, washed and dried
  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped Fresh Cilantro


  1. With the lid closed, reheat the grill to medium heat.
  2. Leaving the skin on, cut the sweet potatoes into large wedges, similar in size to thick cut steak fries.
  3. Transfer the cut sweet potatoes to a large baking sheet and drizzle with oil, tossing to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle half of the Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub evenly over the oiled sweet potatoes.
  5. Flip and sprinkle the remaining rub on the other side.
  6. Remove the sweet potatoes from the baking sheet and transfer them directly onto the hot grill.
  7. Cook, with the lid closed, for 3 - 4 minutes.
  8. Flip, and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes on the other side.
  9. Note: If the sweet potatoes are not tender enough after grilling both sides, transfer to a top rack in the grill, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until tender.
  10. Remove the sweet potatoes from the grill, transfer to the baking sheet previously used and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve.


Canola, Safflower, Sunflower Oil, or Avocado Oil are great for grilling because they have a high smoke point.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 104Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 2mgSodium 35mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 3g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 14th of June 2017

My children absolutely LOVE these. Which is fun because they usually hate sweet potato in it's natural form, but this they will gobble up. And it's packed full of good stuff for them too. I won't tell if you don't tell!

Martin @ The Why Chef

Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Got a BBQ planned for the weekend, and these will be an excellent side dish! I always forget side dishes as well - wind up with 8 beautiful meats and barely a tin of sweetcorn on the side!


Tuesday 17th of May 2016

my family would love these!! we'll have to try them soon!   Thanks for linking to my grilled carrots!!

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Thanks, Cheryl! Hope you are feeling better :) we missed you last week in Charlotte. xo