If you don’t have a potato rack, you may be missing out on the best baked potatoes of your life. Potato racks are designed with metal tabs that pierce the bottom of the potato. This design not only holds the potato in place as it cooks, but it also transfers heat directly into the center of the potato. The end result: a baked potato that is soft and fluffy on the inside, and crispy and smoky on the outside. Perfect!
Since most home cooks don't own a potato rack, we reviewed the top three racks on the market. We tested the racks to compare their strengths and weaknesses. We rated each potato rack on the following qualities: Durability, Versatility, Cooking Time, and Cleanup. After reviewing the ranks, we gave each potato rack an Overall Score from 1-5, with 5 being the best.
To get a quick idea of each potato rack’s performance, scroll down and read the summaries below. If you click on each potato rack, you will be taken to our full review with a more thorough analysis of each potato rack’s performance.
Overall Potato Racks Review Scores
Steven Raichlen Potato Grilling Rack
A potato grill rack is supposed to hold potatoes, or other suitable vegetables, in the right position for cooking on a grill. The idea is the metal conducts the heat deep inside the potatoes, so cooking them faster. As you don’t need to cover them in foil, they pick up the BBQ flavor as they’re cooking.
What we have here in this baked potato holder is the original definition of a gadget, in that it’s an item that makes a simple task more complicated. If you want your potatoes to cook faster, cut a cross in the top half inch, or wrap them in foil and put them in the coals, or microwave them for five minutes before finishing them on the grill. Or all three. Overall, this potato baker worth a try.
Charcoal Companion Baked Potato Rack
This potato grilling rack is very similar in design to another on the market, almost as if they’re made in the same factory. It has four rounded spikes or fins which are simply punched out of the base and folded upwards. Charcoal Companion claim this potato roasting rack is made from heavy gauge steel, although their opinion and mine differ on what constitutes heavy gauge in this instance.
In the end, with the cleaning, oiling and loading involved, it’s a bit of trouble, but i’d recommend you to test this tool for yourself. Who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy the whole process. After all, the price is affordable for anyone.
King Kooker Rib & Potato Baker
Something of a strange fish, this potato baker rib rack thing. I presume it’s designed for a small family with a small grill, so they can cook all the food at once. In practice, there just isn’t enough space on it to cook that much food at the same time. If you cram as much food on as will fit it won’t cook properly, and if you space it out so it does cook, there’s no real point in using it. Added to that, as all you chefs will have realised, the grilling times for such diverse items are all different, so you can’t just throw it on the grill and forget about it. And the last thing anyone needs is raw meat touching cooked vegetables.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does a Potato Rack Work?
The potatoes are secured on the metal tabs of the potato rack. These tabs transfer heat directly into the center of the potato. Position the rack over indirect heat and cook, with the lid closed, for about an hour, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. They will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Do You Need to Cover Your Potato Rack with Foil?
No, you do not need to cover the potato rack with foil, although you should close the lid on the grill. Without foil, the potatoes are able to absorb the flavor of the grill. This is especially advantageous when cooking over charcoal or wood smoke.
What Type of Potato Should You Use for Baked Potatoes?
Starchy potatoes, like Idaho or Russet potatoes, make the best baked potatoes. When these potatoes are cooked, they lose their shape and become light and fluffy. Waxy potatoes, like Yukon Gold, hold their shape as they cook, so they are not as fluffy.
How Do You Clean a Potato Rack?
Some potato racks are dishwasher safe and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. If your potato rack is not dishwasher safe, it can be cleaned by scrubbing it with a grill brush or steel wool and using soapy water.
How Long Does it Take to Cook Potatoes on the Grill?
Potatoes on a potato rack cook faster than grilled potatoes. Even though they are not covered in foil, the metal tabs transfer heat directly into the center of the potato. Depending on the heat of your grill, it should take approximately an hour to cook potatoes on the grill.
Can You Grill Sweet Potatoes on a Potato Rack?
Yes, you can grill sweet potatoes using the potato rack. It should take approximately the same amount of time to cook a sweet potato.