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How To Cook Corn on the Cob on a BBQ Grill
Grilled Corn on the Cob - One of Summer's Simple Pleasures
One of the joys of spring and summer is fresh vegetables, and corn on the cob is one of my favorite veggies! It is easy to cook on a barbecue grill, and requires few ingredients. Preparation is minimal, and the result is sweet, tender, corn on the cob!
For your casual get-together, a backyard BBQ, or just an easy family meal, add a few ears of corn on the cob, and everyone will enjoy!
Grilling corn on the cob is quite easy, and there are several ways to accomplish it! My favorite way is to simply grill it in it's husk, which makes it easy to prepare, and doesn't waste aluminum foil.
Prep Time: 20
Total Time: 65
- 4 fresh ears of corn
- Cold water
- Salt and pepper
- Butter to taste (optional)
- Select the freshest ears of corn you can find. It's best if they are a day old or less, but can be purchased up to 5 days prior to cooking
- Remove the outer husk leaves from the ears, leaving enough to cover the corn and protect it from burning
- Soak your ears of corn in cold water for at least 20 minutes. This keeps the corn moist while grilling
- Start a fire in your grill
- When the coals have burned down to a gray ash, move them over to one side of the grill.
- Drain the water from your corn, then put the ears directly onto your grill grate, away from direct heat
- Turn your corn occasionally, to keep the husks from burning
- Cook for 45 minutes, then remove from grill
- Remove the husks, and serve with salt, pepper and butter, or just eat them plain!
Steps to Grilling CornClick thumbnail to view full-size
It's best to have tongs to turn your corn while it's on the grill. Be sure the ones you use are long enough to protect your hands from the heat. They should also be sturdy, as you don't want to drop the corn when removing it from the grill!
I own several pairs of these Progressive tongs in different sizes. I have found that the 16 inch tongs are the best for cooking on the grill. They keep my hands away from the heat, and have scalloped tips on the ends which help hold on to the food. They are reasonably priced, and have held up for several years. If you plan to cook often on your BBQ grill, these tongs are a great investment.
Alternative Grilled Corn Recipes
There are several other ways to grill corn on the cob. I have provided the recipe for the way I cook it. Here are other options you can try:
- After soaking your corn, pull back the husks and remove the silk. Brush with olive oil to keep the corn moist while grilling. Replace husks, then place directly on the grill
- Instead of soaking your corn, remove the husks and silk, and brush with olive oil. Wrap with aluminum foil, and place on the grill
- Instead of soaking your corn, remove the husks and silk. Brush the corn with melted butter, and add salt, pepper or other herbs & spices. Wrap with aluminum foil, and place on the grill
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