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Cooking Corn-on- the-Cob on the Grill

Updated on March 21, 2013
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the Cob | Source
Foil boat
Foil boat | Source

By Joan Whetzel

How many times have you been to a fair and ordered roasted corn, wishing you could do this at home? Well you can cook corn on the cob on your own grill. It’s not as difficult as you may think. There are two methods for doing this – with the husk still on (the most common method) and without the husk. Cooking the ears of corn on a charcoal grill or a gas grill with wood chips gives the corn a smoky flavor that makes it so-o-o unbelievably delicious.

Grilling the Corn with the Husks On

  1. Pull back the husks without removing them all the way.
  2. Remove corn silk and rinse the corn well.
  3. Replace the husks back over the corn and soak them in water for at least 1 hour. This will keep them from catching fire on the grill.
  4. Place them on the grill surface and allow them to smoke for about 30 minutes. Make sure that they are not over a direct flame or too close to the hottest part of the charcoals, but off to the side or near the fringes of the heat.
  5. Turn the cobs from time to time, to heat all surfaces and to keep any one side from getting too much heat.
  6. If you’re cooking several ears of corn, move them around on the grill surface, esp. with charcoal grills which may have hot spots.

Grilling the Corn with the Husks Removed

  1. Remove the husks and the corn silk and rinse the corn.
  2. Cut off small pieces from the ends to provide a place to insert the corn pokers if you plan to use them.
  3. Place the ears of corn into a pan of water and par boil them for15 minutes.
  4. Create a foil boat using heavy duty aluminum foil with the sides folded up and crimped at the corners. One boat can hold 2 to 4 ears of corn.
  5. Melt some butter or margarine in the boat(s) over the grill heat.
  6. Charcoal and wood chips will impart their a smoky flavor to the corn.
  7. Place the parboiled corn into the butter in the foil boats and allow them to cook for about 20 minutes.
  8. Make sure the corn is not too close to the flames on a gas grill or over the hottest part of the charcoal fire. Turn each ear of corn a few times to keep get all sides exposed to heat and slathered with butter.

Note: I recommend heavy duty or extra heavy duty foil. I have tried regular foil but it doesn't hold up well to the grilling process. .


Most everyone loves butter and salt on their corn, but there are other ways to season your corn that are equally delicious, such as:

  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • ground black pepper
  • pepper flakes
  • lime
  • plain yogurt
  • mayo
  • sour cream
  • grated parmesan cheese, in the can that you shake onto the corn
  • finely minced garlic or garlic powder
  • grated onion
  • cilantro

Try any of these in any combination you like. Or better yet, create your own favorite seasoning blend.

Grilling Corn on the Cob

How to Grill Corn on the Cob


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    • joanwz profile image

      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      Like your seasoning choices. Sounds good. I'm going to have to try that one.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice hub with helpful pictures and video.

      In India, we usually grill the corn directly over ignited coal or charcoal. We remove its green cover before doing that. Later we apply seasoning, which may consist of salt , pepper, lime juice or chaat masala.

      The method suggested by you seems interesting and I am definitely going to try it.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      Thanks guys. I love grilled corn myself, whether I make it myself or buy it at the fair. Either way its scrumptious. and I like the steak and sald idea Levertis Steele.

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      Oh, I just love grilled corn on the cob with a nice grilled rib eye and green salad! I am thinking about lighting the grill now. I go to the state fair every year, pay parking and entrance fees just to get two ears: an ear of corn and an elephant ear.

      I grill corn in the husks myself, but I have never soaked it in water first. Thanks for sharing all.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      That's awesome!