One of Steven Raichlen’s Signature Recipes for the Big Green Egg.
Set the EGG for direct cooking without the convEGGtor at 450°F/232°C. Preheat a Plancha Griddle, ridged side up. Add the bacon and cook until crisp; carefully remove the plancha and bacon from the EGG and set aside. Crumble when cooled.
Remove the grid; add a few chunks of hardwood to generate smoke, then add the convEGGtor for indirect cooking. Reduce the heat to 400°F/204°C.
Scrub the potatoes well with a vegetable brush. Blot dry. Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork. Brush the outside of the potato with melted butter and season generously with salt and pepper.
Place the potatoes on the EGG grid. Roast until the potatoes are tender in the center (they’ll be easy to pierce with a bamboo skewer), 1 to 11⁄2 hours.
Transfer the potatoes to a cutting board. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. While the potatoes are still quite hot, scrape out most of the potato flesh, leaving a 1⁄4 inch thick shell. Coarsely mash the potato flesh (it should still be chunky) and place in a mixing bowl.
Gently stir in the bacon, 3 tablespoons butter, the scallions, and the cheese. Stir in the sour cream and salt and pepper to taste.
Stuff the potato mixture back into the potato skins, mounding it in the center. Top each potato with a thin slice of butter and a sprinkling of smoked paprika.
Just before serving, reheat the potatoes in the preheated 400°F/204°C EGG until browned and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes, or as needed.
Makes 8 potato halves.