Barbecued New Potatoes in Pesto Oil

When I was a child we always cooked potatoes wrapped in foil in the hot coals of the barbecue. This is a delicious way of cooking potatoes on the barbecue as the tender potatoes have a great smoky tasty.

4-6 Portions
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30-40 minutes



  • 24 new potatoes (washed and dried)

Pesto Oil

  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • generous pinch maldon salt


  1. Pesto Oil: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
  2. New Potatoes: Preheat a barbecue to a moderate heat. Toss the new potatoes in the pesto oil so that they are well coated. Wrap the new potatoes individual in foil, so that they are well covered.
  3. To Barbecue: Place the potatoes wrapped in foil in the coals of a moderate barbecue or at the sides of a gas barbecue. Leave the potatoes to cook for 30-40 minutes until they are tender.
  4. To Serve: Serve the potatoes hot with plenty of butter, sour cream or creme fraiche.
  • Cooking time for the potatoes will vary according to their size and the heat of the barbecue.