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How to Grill Sweet and Juicy Corn on the Cob
Corn so Good it Doesn't Need Butter
Nothing quite compares to sweet, juicy corn on the cob, does it?
Preparing corn on the grill makes it quick and easy, and keeps the kitchen cooler. But, sometimes the corn that's available may not be quite the perfection you'd hoped for. With this technique, your grilled sweet corn will always be its sweetest and juiciest best.
Bet you won't even need butter and salt! Really! Try it!
What's your Favorite Way to Enjoy Corn?
Ingredients You'll Need
6 - 12 fresh ears of corn (in husks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup kosher salt (or any granular salt)
3 trays of ice cubes
Step 1: Prepare the Corn
Pull back the corn husks.
Remove the corn silk.
Replace the husks over the corn.
Don't forget to toss the silks in the compost pile!
Step 2: Trim the Corn
Trim the tops of the husks and remove any outer husks which are dry or damaged.
Dangling husk parts may catch fire on the grill. You want the corn roasted, not flambe.
Step 3: Prepare the Brine
Boil 2 - 3 quarts of water in a large sauce pot.
Add the cups of sugar and salt to the boiling water and stir to dissolve.
This is your brine.
Step 4: Soak the Corn
Place the corn in a clean sink or deep bucket. (Plug the sink, first, if you're using the sink.)
Fill the sink or bucket with cold water and add 3 trays of ice cubes.
The ice cubes will help keep the corn from cooking when you add the brine.
Step 5: Add the Brine
Pour the brine over the corn.
Step 6: Soak the Corn
Allow the corn to soak in the sink or bucket for at least 30 minutes.
Use a weighted plastic cutting board to keep the corn submerged, if necessary.
Step 7: Prepare the Grill
Meanwhile, start your grill. We like to use a coal chimney in our charcoal grill.
The grill should be heated to medium high heat. (You can only hold your hand 4 inches from the coals for about 6 seconds.)
By the time the coals are glowing perfectly, the corn is ready to go on.
How to Use a Charcoal Chimney Starter - Our Favorite Way to Start Coals
We love our charcoal starter. There's no need for smelly lighter fluid and the coals start quickly every time.
Fill the chimney with charcoal briquettes and stuff a couple of pages of newsprint in the compartment below. Set the chimney on the charcoal grate of your grill, ignite the the newsprint, and in just minutes, the coals will be glowing and ready to dump out onto the grate.
Step 8: Grill the Corn
Place the corn on the hot grill and grill for about 10 minutes.
Turn the corn and grill for another 10 minutes or so.
You should have nice grill marks and the corn should be heated through.
Step 9: Move the Corn from Direct Heat
At this point, if you are grilling other food, you can move the corn to the edges of the grate and continue to grill the rest of the meal.
If there isn't room on the grill, remove the corn to a plate and cover it in foil. Place the covered corn in a warm oven until the rest of your meal is ready.
Enjoy your Grilled Corn on the Cob!
You can serve the corn as is and let your guests use the peeled back husks as a handle when eating the corn. Or, offer corn skewers and serve the corn with husks removed. Either way, try a big juicy bite with out butter or salt. I'll bet you'll enjoy your corn just as it is!