3 cups mesquite chips, soaked in water at least 30 minutes
1/4 cup virgin coconut butter*
3 to 4 tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne
About 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°. Peel yams, then slice crosswise 1 in. thick. Sprinkle wood chips in a large roasting pan. Set a baking rack over chips. Pour in 1/4 in. water. Put yams on rack, cover with foil, and roast until a knife slides in easily, 1 hour.
Mash yams. Stir in remaining ingredients and a little hot water if they seem stiff.
*Find at well-stocked markets and online.
Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co., Oakland