Secrets of Grilling Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob and grilling are two summer favorites.  Grilled corn on the cob is a great addition to any grilled meal and grilling corn on the cob is easy to do.  There are two main ways to grill corn on the cob, the first is with the husk off, and the second with the husk on.

Grilling Corn on the Cob with the Husk Off

Grilling Corn on the Cob In FoilOne of my favorite ways is to husk fresh corn on the cob, rinse with water, brush butter or margarine on the corn with a pastry brush, sprinkle with salt and pepper, wrap in aluminum foil, and put on the grill.

Turn every 10 minutes and cook for a total of 30 minutes.  The water helps steam the corn and the butter, salt, and pepper give the corn a delicious buttery moist taste as it is grilled. I love it when the kernels get slightly charred. Gives it a great taste!

A different way to grill corn with the husk off is to husk the corn, rinse, and then boil until just done.  Then put the corn directly on a hot grill and brush with melted butter.  Broil the corn until the tips of the kernels just start to brown.

Brush with melted butter again when done and season as desired.  This method allows you to start the corn cooking while grilling the main course, and then to finish the corn off on the grill, giving it that distinctive grilled flavor.

Grilling Corn on the Cob with the Husk On

Grilling Corn on the Cob in HusksGrilling corn on the cob directly in the husks is the other way to roast corn.  In this method, peel back the corn husks, without removing them, remove the silk, and then rinse the corn.  Replace the husks and secure them with twine or piece of the husk.

Soak the cobs in water for 1-2 hours.  After soaking, place the corn on hot coals or on the grill for about 30 minutes.  Turn each cob as its husk turns to white, yellow, and then brown.  The moist husks will steam the corn and keep the corn from burning.

You can also brush butter on the cob and add seasonings after soaking in water and before replacing the husks.  This method will give the corn a very strong roasted flavor that is a favorite of many.   A variation of this method is to leave the silk on and then remove after grilling is done.

Grilling Corn on the Cob with HandleA slightly different method you can use for grilling corn on the cob is to pull back the husks but leave them attached.  Remove the silk and rinse as before.  Gather the husks at the end of the cob (where they are attached) and tie them together to form a handle.

Brush butter and seasonings on the cob.  Put the cobs on the grill with medium heat, cooking for 10-12 minutes.  A piece of foil placed under the husk handles will keep them from burning.  The corn will be a golden brown color when done.

Corn on the Cob on the GrillEach of these methods used for grilling corn on cob work very well, and you should try each to see which one is your favorite.

You can also use a variety of seasonings in addition to, or instead of salt and pepper.  These can be mixed with the butter prior to brushing on the corn, or can be sprinkled on the corn after brushing it with butter.

Seasoning possibilities include minced garlic, basil, cilantro, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, lemon pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, or any of your other favorite seasonings.  Each will give the corn a very distinctive taste.


P.S. One of my favorite books that has tons of tips for grilling all types of foods, including vegetables is How to Grill by Steven Raichlen.

I highly recommend this book for lots of grilling tips and techniques. Click here for more information or go to Grilled Asparagus to see one of those tips.


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    • Philip on June 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm
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    I’m from Illinois and this is the way we always do our corn! The steamed taste from being in the hust while grilled gives it such a flavor that you wont ever want to go back to boiling!! Give it a try, you’ll love it.

    • mark zahnd on February 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm
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    soak corn in water , husk on for 20 mim , wrap in tin foil cook on grill med heat for 5 min and turn a quarterturn and repeat till all the way around remove from grill ,use welding gloves and remove foil pull husk down silks and all will come off and enjoy

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