How to Grill Corn on the Cob in the Husk

ears of corn wrapped in their husks and ready to grill
ears of corn wrapped in their husks and ready to grill

Corn on the cob is a summer favorite, and this method of grilling corn on the cob in the husk gives you moist, buttery corn with the perfect simple spices and a Smokey taste. This would be a perfect side dish for a summer grilling party or holiday like the Fourth of July.

Choosing Your Ears of Corn:

As always, find fresh corn ears with healthy green husks and no rotten kernels. The important thing for this recipe, however, is that part of the stem below the husk, that holds all of the husk leaves on, is still present. When you are pulling the husks back to prepare the corn ears for grilling, you will want them to remain attached to the stem so that they can be folded back in place before you put them on the grill. On an ear with no stem, when you pull the husks back they just fall right off--they have nothing to cling to.

Corn on the Cob Grilled in the Husk Recipe

serves as many as you make

This recipe is vegetarian and vegan if you use a butter substitute.

Ingredients:

  • ears of corn still in the husk *
  • butter or margarine (in stick form)
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper corns
  • ground paprika
  • kitchen twine (optional)

* Get as many ears as you have people to feed. See instructions above on what to look for in selecting ears.

Preparation instructions:

1. Let the butter sit out to soften.

2. Fire up the grill and let it get hot.

3. To prepare each cob:

If using non-organic corn, I usually like to give the ears (still in the husk) a good washing before I start peeling the husks back, to make sure I don't smear any chemicals on my corn when I start peeling.

Very carefully start to pull the husks back, leaf by leaf, taking care to keep them attached to the stem at the bottom of the ear.

Once all of the husk is pulled back, pull all of the corn silk off of the corn kernels.

Take the stick of butter (unwrap it), and smear and end of it up and down the rows of kernels. Coat the whole thing in butter.

Next, sprinkle salt all around the ear (it should stick to the butter). Do the same with the ground pepper and paprika.

Carefully pull all of the husk leaves back up, one by one, around the corn cob (in the same position they were before you started peeling). Be sure that they are covering it well all the way around.

how to tie off the husks at the top of the ear using a long leaf of husk
how to tie off the husks at the top of the ear using a long leaf of husk

4. Now comes the tricky part. You need to tie down the tops of the husks on each ear so that they don't peel back while grilling and leave the corn exposed to dry out and harden. The easiest way to do this is to tie them down at the top of the cob with a bit of kitchen twine. However, if you don't have any or want a good challenge, you can try to do what I usually do and tie them down with the husk itself.

Take the longest husk leaf (there are usually a few sticking up above the rest at the top), wrap it around the top of the ear once, then tuck it in under its own loop, pulling it tight (but being careful not to tear it off). See the picture above for an example.

grilled corn on the cob in the husk
grilled corn on the cob in the husk

5. Put the corn on the hot grill. We usually put it either on a high rack or around the outside where flames can't reach it. You don't want it in direct flames or the husks will catch fire and burn right off. Turn it every ten minutes or so. It should be done when the husks have dried out and turned a mottled tan, dark brown, and black. (They will be charred all around the edges and ends). See the image above.

6. When it's time to eat, peel off the charred husks and enjoy!

corn on the cob grilled using this method, ready to eat!
corn on the cob grilled using this method, ready to eat!

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Comments 41 comments

Randi B 8 years ago

What a summertime treat! I'm definitely going to try this out!


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MasonsMom 8 years ago from U.S.A.

I've always wondered exactly how to do this. Sounds yummy-thanks!


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gss 8 years ago from Florida

Never knew corn could look and sound so good. Will have to try grilling some myself. Thanks.


Widow Maker 7 years ago

Hells Yea that looks like some tasty corn. What a sweet treat for dis gangsta


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Digihead 7 years ago from San Diego, Ca

Grilled some last week. I use a little chili powder with mine.


Roni 7 years ago

Very Good! I only seasoned ours with Butter and Salt but very delicious!


depraved 7 years ago

trying these instructions now...gonna be delish


Brenda 7 years ago

Heard about grilled corn , never tried it till tonight .The best, I will never boil my cob again.DELICIOUS


Lori Meepos 6 years ago

Made it last night...yum!!!


zack 6 years ago

making this for my mother on sunday


cecil 6 years ago

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!


Derek 6 years ago

About to knock some of these off the grill right now. I used some cajun seasoning instead of paprika. We will se what happens


Bo 6 years ago

Tony's or Zatarain's...tonight...spray butter/margarine is easier to apply....WONDERFUL!!!!


Eric 6 years ago

Corn turned out great!! thanks


margepom 6 years ago

I used Bayou Magic Cagun seasoning and butter....it was awesome. The corn was completely tender and sweet. I love how the husks add sweetness to the corn. If you ever have to put your corn in water and boil it, make sure you line the bottom of the pan with the husks of the corn. You will be pleased.


Racquel 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips and pictures!!!! Very helpful


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BrainSpace 6 years ago from North Carolina

This sounds delicious!


BILL MULVANEY 6 years ago

THIS IS A GREAT RECIPE BUT, IF YOU WANT TOO KEEP YOUR CORN MOIST AND TENDER AND HOT WHILE YOUR DOING OTHER THINGS TRY THIS; AFTER YOUR CORN IS BROWN AND ALITTLE BLACK HAVE AN EMPTY COOLER HANDY AND PLACE YOUR EARS INSIDE AND CLOSE THE LID TIGHT THE CORN WILL FINISH COOKING TOO A BUTTERY,MIOST ,TENDER DELITE.I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS AND IT'S FOOL PROOF,NOW ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DOING IT AS WELL AND THEY THANK ME EVERY TIME AND SO WILL YOU!!!


Rooster 6 years ago

Saved my Fourth of July BBQ! Thanks!


Rooster 6 years ago

(Ran out of aluminum foil) ...


tom 6 years ago

best corn we ever had... terrific


Mable Ivory 6 years ago

I made this on the grill last night. So good. It worked. Thanks so much for finally teaching me how to make grilled corn on the cob.


TAZ 6 years ago

bought some corn at our local "corn wagon" and wanna try something new.....wanna do it before my step-mom can so I can show her how something is done....haha

love corn on the cob!! yum yum! can't wait to eat!!!


R4di4ti0n 6 years ago

Made this last night along with a few pounds of delmonico steak. Pretty good stuff. Simple enough recipe and there is plenty of room to get creative


asdfghjkl 6 years ago

this is good

:) u should try


ertpo 6 years ago

this was not hard at all and was soooo goood.


fgbeuiwhgsdjk 5 years ago

it was good, i guess


kat 5 years ago

my husband loved it thanks!


Peggy 5 years ago

Did I miss in the recipe how long to cook the corn on the grill and do you turn it at all?


Sarah 5 years ago

PERFECT! We didn't even tie the husks at the end. It was A big hit among everyone, even the children!


Tommy 4 years ago

I like to add slices of japelno. Wrap the huskhusk & all in foil.sweet corn with a kick.


Brown219 4 years ago

I soak mine in water for about 30 to 45 min then put it on the grill and let the wet husks steam the corn, then when done remove the husks and add butter and salt.


katie 4 years ago

I made this for Mother's Day dinner and everyone loved the corn! I used olive oil instead of butter, and omitted the paprika. Delish!


Blake 4 years ago

I like to cook it with my Wang out


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Loving this hub! I like corn, and it's nice to know that grilling it inside its husk makes it a natural "foil". Up and useful. :)


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Carl8033 3 years ago

Wow, I had no idea that it was possible to do that :) Great hub. I voted up.


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Danette Watt 3 years ago from Illinois

Looks good, wish I could get my husband to cook the corn this way - we usually just end up boiling them. :(


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Richard-Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

Awesome... The only thing I would change is your suggestion to "Get as many ears as you have people to feed" I would double that...lol at least at my BBQ parties.


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John Smillie 3 years ago from Ayr

Never thought about grilling corn still in the husk, tips and pictures are great. Will definitely be giving this a go next time the bbq gets fired up.


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I am hungry! Thanks for sharing!


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StoneCircle 3 years ago from Rindge, NH

I have not heard of grilling corn without soaking it in water, husk and all. This way the grill steams it. Also, usually the corn is wrapped in a wet paper towel and then wrapped in tinfoil.

A comparison will have to be made at the next "try a grilled recipe out" gathering!

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