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Grilled Corn On The Cob

5 from 17 votes
Published on 05/12/2024 by Umamiology
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Grilled corn on the cob is a summer time favorite! This roasted delight is smokey, crunchy, sweet and incredibly juicy. It’s the perfect companion to burgers at a cookout and smoked ribs or brisket served at your backyard barbecue.

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Grilled corn on the cob is one of the most iconic summer sides.

Picture this – it’s 11am on a hot summer Saturday and you’ve got your grilled all fired up. That smell of charcoal or smoking wood pellets fill the air and you’ve just laid down some buttered ears of corn on the grill.

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And within 5 minutes, the air fills with the light aroma of popcorn and you can literally hear the ears of corn roasting. Fast-forward 15 more minutes and you’ve got a perfectly charred, robustly roasted, and perfectly delicious grilled corn on the cob!

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Yep – that’s exactly what you’ll get with this amazing grilled corn recipe.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Full ears of sweet corn: Get them husk on and as fresh as you can find
  • Butter: Unsalted butter works best for this recipe

The Ingredients for Grilled Corn On The Cob

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  • 6 Full Ears of Sweet Corn
  • 1/2 stick Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

The Equipment Needed

How To Grill Corn On The Cob

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I find that the best way to grill corn on the cob is by peeling back the husk and putting the exposed corn cobs directly on the grill. It gives the kernels that charred look and taste – that makes roasted corn so irresistible.

Prepare The Ears Of Corn

First, soak your ears of corn in cold water for just 5 minutes so that the husks become hydrated (helps prevent premature burning of the husks during grilling).

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Then, for each ear of corn, peel back all of the husk and silk – but leave them attached at the base (makes for a better presentation).

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Next, tie the husks at the end of the base so that it wraps into a neat bundle, as shown below.

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Lastly, rub a stick of butter across the cob of each ear of corn, so that the corn kernels are coated entirely.

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Grill The Corn

Fire up your smoker/grill to 500°F.

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When the grill is hot, place your ears of corn directly on the grates and let them grill for about 20 minutes total – rotating them occasionally, until all sides develop a light char.

Serving Your Grilled Corn On The Cob

These roasted, charred ears of corn are perfect to serve just as they are.

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But if you’d like to add some additional flavor, topping the freshly grilled cobs with either Garlic Compound Butter, Cowboy Butter, or Bacon Honey Butter would make your grilled corn the talk of the whole barbecue!

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Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

Or if you want to be extra zealous, turn these grilled corn cobs into irresistible Elotes (Grilled Mexican Street Corn) and totally blow away your cookout guests.

However you choose to serve them, they will be unbelievably delicious.

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Grilled Corn On The Cob

5 from 17 votes
Grilled corn on the cob is a summer time favorite! This roasted delight is smokey, crunchy, sweet and incredibly juicy. It's the perfect companion to burgers at a cookout and smoked ribs or brisket served at your backyard barbecue.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 6 Full Ears of Sweet Corn
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Black Pepper, (optional, to taste)

Instructions 

How To Grill Corn On The Cob

  • I find that the best way to grill corn on the cob is by peeling back the husk and putting the exposed corn cobs directly on the grill. It gives the kernels that charred look and taste – that makes roasted corn so irresistible.

Prepare The Ears Of Corn

  • First, soak your ears of corn in cold water for just 5 minutes so that the husks become hydrated (helps prevent premature burning of the husks during grilling).
  • Then, for each ear of corn, peel back all of the husk and silk – but leave them attached at the base (makes for a better presentation).
  • Next, tie the husks at the end of the base so that it wraps into a neat bundle, as shown below.
  • Lastly, rub a stick of butter across the cob of each ear of corn, so that the corn kernels are coated entirely.

Grill The Corn

  • Fire up your smoker/grill to 500°F.
  • When the grill is hot, place your ears of corn directly on the grates and let them grill for about 20 minutes total – rotating them occasionally, until all sides develop a light char.

Serving Your Grilled Corn On The Cob

  • These roasted, charred ears of corn are perfect to serve just as they are.
  • But if you'd like to add some additional flavor, topping the freshly grilled cobs with either Garlic Compound Butter, Cowboy Butter, or Bacon Honey Butter would make your grilled corn the talk of the whole barbecue!

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 639IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.5mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

How long does it take to grill corn?

It takes about 20 minutes for corn to grill on smoker/grill set to 500°F.

Is it better to grill corn in husk or peeled?

I always recommend grilling with the husk peeled. It gives the corn that nice char which yields the smokey caramelized flavor that makes grilled corn so delicious.

What temperature do you grill corn at?

I always grill on a smoker/grill set to 500°F.

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