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A plate of grilled jo jos with a small bowl of ketchup and some chives. All of this is on some parchment paper.

Grilled Jo Jos - The Potato You Didn't Know You Needed

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


Jo Jos are a potato treat and these grilled jo jos should be on your menu. These are great tasting potatoes with a light breading that makes them taste like a million bucks.


  • 2 medium potatoes, cut each into 6 wedges
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Bring pot of water to boil
  2. While water is heating, cut each potato into 6 wedges
  3. Add vinegar to water
  4. Add potatoes to water, allow water to return to boil, and allow to simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Test with fork at 3 minutes. Should still be firm and we do not want the potatoes to be soft. Remove before they get soft.
  5. Add corn starch, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, and olive oil to larger bowl and mix well.
  6. Preheat Grill to 500° Fahrenheit. 
  7. Add potatoes to the container with coating ingredients and gently mix until coated.
  8. Place in lightly oiled vegetable basket and cook over indirect heat
  9. Check for doneness at 25 minutes and occasionally turn or mix jo jos in basket to help ensure even cooking.
  10. Optionally, place over direct heat for additional 5-10 minutes
  11. SERVE


  • If you use large potatoes, more time will be needed to cook.
  • For crispier potatoes, put over direct heat (in the hot zone) for the last 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The vinegar helps the potato stay firm and improves the ability to crisp up.

Keywords: Jo Jos