Making crunchy roasted potatoes with a soft and fluffy center can be one of the hardest things to master. And if you’re lucky enough to own a Weber Q, then I’m going to show you how to make the crunchiest Weber Q roast potatoes ever.
My Weber Q roast potato recipe can be cooked either in your Weber Q, Weber kettle, or oven at home. And it’s super easy!
Roast potatoes are a hit on the weekend when roasted alongside pork, lamb, chicken, or kebabs on the Weber barbecue.
If you can successfully make beautifully seasoned fluffy and crunchy potatoes, you will be a hit with your friends and family on the weekends.
What is the best type of potato for roasting?
I am certainly no expert when it comes to potatoes. With well over 500 varieties, it can get a little overwhelming trying to figure out what will work best with your Weber Q.
Desiree potatoes are often considered to be the best for roasting because they embody a firm and creamy texture when cooked.
Yukon gold is another potato that is recommended to get that perfectly soft and fluffy texture.
Personally, I have never used Desirees or Yukon golds, and have always had success with my Weber Q roast potatoes.
I choose locally grown brushed potatoes from my local coles and never had any problems, getting that crunchy outside with a soft and fluffy inside. And better still they are the cheapest potatoes to buy, win, win.
If prepared correctly, you can turn most standard white potatoes into crunchy, soft and fluffy perfection.
Should you boil potatoes before roasting?
This step is absolutely necessary if you want to have that soft and fluffy centre. If parboiling is not done during the preparation, then you will end up with a firm and pasty texture after roasting.
Peel however many potatoes you require. For a family of 2 adults and 3 children, I use about 5-6 potatoes cut into halves.
Yes! My kids love my roast potatoes.
To parboil your potatoes, you need to add a tablespoon of Bi-Carb Soda into 2 litres of water. Yes! That’s right I did say baking Bi-Carb Soda. But why?
Bi-Carb Soda contains alkaline, and by adding it to the water, its job is to break down the pectin on the exterior of the potatoes.
Adding with it a decent amount of salt and your in for a treat once your potatoes are ready.
By adding Bi-Carb Soda and salt, it will have given the potatoes a starchy and slurry-like appearance. Which is what we are going for if we are to create perfect Weber Q roast potatoes.
How do you make Weber Q roast potatoes crispy?
We have already gone over what to add to the water to create that soft and fluffy inside.
Choose medium or large potatoes as you will want to cut them into halves, this way, you get more while using less. Slice a small layer off the opposite end to help them stand up if roasting in an oven. You are going to want to turn them.
Pop them all into a pot and add the Bi-Carb Soda and salt combined with enough water to cover the potatoes, give everything a stir.
Next, you will want to get the water to a boil and turn down to simmer for 10 minutes. The time it takes to simmer is dependant on the size of the potatoes you have chosen.
Use a small knife and gently insert it into the centre of the potato, if it stays on, it needs to simmer for longer. If it falls off relatively fast, it’s ready to roll.
Place the potatoes into a colander and leave to dry and cool down.
When cooled toss them, you want to create soft spikey edges around the potatoes.
By giving the potatoes a gentle bashing, you will get a beautiful crunchy exterior. Try not to get carried away here, tossing them too much can also destroy them.
Layout your potatoes on to a tray and splash with a generous amount of olive oil. I use olive oil because it is the healthiest alternative to other oils, and it works just as well.
Splashing oil onto our vegetables is an essential component when roasting. Without it, you wouldn’t get that crispy, golden-brown caramelization that we all love in our veggies.
How to season Weber Q roast potatoes?
Our taste buds get bored more often than not, so it is vital to season most foods that we cook. And it goes without saying that roast potatoes are no excepting.
I am going to show you how I season mine, but you can definitely experiment here with your own herbs and spices.
After the potatoes have been covered in olive oil, sprinkle some rosemary and thyme. And lastly, instead of using boring old salt, use garlic salt and sprinkle a dash of pepper.
Trust me, this is a great alternative and will give the subtle hint of fried chips. And garlic really goes with almost anything.
What temperature should Weber Q roast potatoes be cooked at?
To effectively cook Weber Q roast potatoes you must always cook with the lid down, so no peaking!
If you have a digital probe, then you need to be using it, because monitoring temperatures is an essential part of roasting anything inside a Weber Q.
To roast perfect crunchy roast potatoes, you will need to maintain temperatures between 190°C (374°F) and 230°C (446°C) for at least one hour, or until golden brown.
If you follow this method, then your Weber Q roast potatoes will turn out perfect every time.
Why are my roast potatoes not crispy?
Making sure your roast potatoes are super crispy is all in your preparation.
- Add salt and Bi-Carb Soda to the water and stir before parboiling to help soften the exterior.
- Try not to cook the potatoes all the way through, boil them long enough until they have a lovely soft texture. 10 minutes on simmer is usually long enough.
- Toss the parboiled potatoes into a colander and leave to cool and dry out. Allowing time to dry is an essential step to not have soggy potatoes when it is time to put them into your Weber Q
- Splash a generous amount of olive oil over the potatoes, to help them go a perfect golden brown.
- Please make sure the potatoes are roasting in your Weber Q, no lower than 190°C (374°F) or they will go soft, and no higher than 230°C (446°C) or your potatoes can burn.
If you have followed these steps to no avail, then I have another option.
Remove them from the Weber Q, and pat down any excess oil or fat from the potatoes.
Pop them into your griller or broiler for a few minutes until you get the desired crispiness.
What can I cook with Weber Q roast potatoes?
I have created numerous recipes you can cook alongside your roast potatoes in your Weber Q, such as:
And if you are feeling really adventurous and looking for a dessert to cook on your Weber Q you can try:
Or if you are looking for something quick and easy then:
The Weber Q has so many options and work best when camping, or if you have quests over and don’t want to be unsociable.
Weber Q roast potatoes are the perfect complement to roast pork, lamb and chicken.
And you are certainly not limited to just roast potatoes. You can roast carrots and pumpkin and many other vegetables in your Weber Q.
Play around and experiment roasting different veggies, and if you like my Weber Q roast potatoes recipe, then please drop a comment below and give it a rating.
If your new to roasting food on your Weber Q then please check out my ultimate guide to cooking on your Weber Q.
I would love to hear your ideas about how you think you could make this recipe better.
If you get stuck on any of my steps, then please don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
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Super Crunchy Weber Q Roast Potatoes
- 5-6 Large Brushed Potatoes (Peeled)
- 1 tablespoon Bi-Carb Soda
- 1 tablespoon Granulated Salt
- Garlic Salt
- Peel 5-6 fresh medium to large size potatoes, preferably Desiree or brushed potatoes. Slice potatoes into halves and set aside.
- Fill a large pot with 2 litres of water and add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of Bi-Carb soda, and stir until the Bi-Carb has dissolved. Add potatoes into a large pot and set on High until boiled. Once potatoes have boiled turn the heat down to simmer for 10mins. Place into a colander and leave to cool down and dry.
- When potatoes have dried, begin gently tossing potatoes in the colander until they form rough edges.
- While waiting for water to boil, place a convection tray onto the Weber Q making sure to keep the tray perfectly centred on the grill. Then place a trivet onto the convection tray.
- Make sure the gas is on and turn the control knob to the START/HI position. And ignite your Weber Q. If you have a thermometer place it inside the weber Q. Close the lid and Preheat Weber Q for 10-15 mins.
- Place potatoes onto a tray and cover with a generous amount of olive oil until all potatoes are completely covered. Sprinkle garlic salt, rosemary, and thyme over the top of all the potatoes.
- For maximum flavour, place potatoes around the meat to absorb its smokey goodness. It is also perfectly fine to roast potatoes on their own.
- Close the lid on the Weber Q and turn the control knob to the roast setting and leave for at least 1 hour. Making sure to monitor and adjust the temperature between 190°C (374°F) and 230°C (446°C). And no peeking. After 1 hour quickly lift the lid to check. If potatoes are not golden brown as of yet, add another 10-15 mins of roasting time.
Pectin is in the peel. Once the potatoes are peeled, the pectin has been removed, so the bi-carb soda is superfluous. Also, the same crunchy roast potato result can be achieved by simply scoring pre-boiled potatoes with a fork, drizzling with oil, and seasoning with herbs, etc. I do it all the time … they’re delicious!
Thank you for the information, and I agree; however you prepare roast potatoes, herbs when combined with melted butter, is unbelievably good.