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How To Cook Corn on the Cob on a BBQ Grill

Updated on April 9, 2015
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Country Sunshine has been cooking since she was a pre-teen, and enjoys sharing recipes and tips concerning all things "food".

Fresh ear of corn
Fresh ear of corn | Source

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!


A complete meal, including corn on the cob,  on the BBQ grill
A complete meal, including corn on the cob, on the BBQ grill | Source

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.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20

Total Time: 65

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh ears of corn
  • Cold water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. 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
  2. Remove the outer husk leaves from the ears, leaving enough to cover the corn and protect it from burning
  3. Soak your ears of corn in cold water for at least 20 minutes. This keeps the corn moist while grilling
  4. Start a fire in your grill
  5. When the coals have burned down to a gray ash, move them over to one side of the grill.
  6. Drain the water from your corn, then put the ears directly onto your grill grate, away from direct heat
  7. Turn your corn occasionally, to keep the husks from burning
  8. Cook for 45 minutes, then remove from grill
  9. Remove the husks, and serve with salt, pepper and butter, or just eat them plain!
  10. Enjoy!
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Steps to Grilling Corn

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Choose the freshest corn you can find, and soak in cold water for 20 minutes.Grill your corn over indirect heat, along with any other foods you are preparingTurn the ears occasionally, then remove from the grill after 45 minutes (Photo by Steven Depolo | Creative Commons)Remove the husks, and your grilled corn on the cob is ready to enjoy!
Choose the freshest corn you can find, and soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
Choose the freshest corn you can find, and soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
Grill your corn over indirect heat, along with any other foods you are preparing
Grill your corn over indirect heat, along with any other foods you are preparing
Turn the ears occasionally, then remove from the grill after 45 minutes (Photo by Steven Depolo | Creative Commons)
Turn the ears occasionally, then remove from the grill after 45 minutes (Photo by Steven Depolo | Creative Commons)
Remove the husks, and your grilled corn on the cob is ready to enjoy!
Remove the husks, and your grilled corn on the cob is ready to enjoy!

BBQ Tongs

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!

Progressive International 16 Inch Stainless Steel Locking Tongs
Progressive International 16 Inch Stainless Steel Locking Tongs

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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Do you have any recipes or tips to share on grilling corn on the cob? What other foods do you like cooked on the grill?

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      Boiling is the easiest way to cook corn on the cob, and I've done it that way many times. I just think it has a better taste when cooked on the grill. Hope yours turns out well when you give it a try!

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      savateuse 2 years ago

      We've always boiled our corn cobs, before serving with butter, but I think I'll try grilling in future.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love corn on the cob topped with molten butter! Yum!

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      othellos 3 years ago

      Summer treat! Delightful lens. Thank you for publishing it.

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      orange3 lm 4 years ago

      It isn't summer for us without grilling corn on the cob!

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I've eaten grilled corn on the cob at the county fair; it's very good.

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