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How to Grill Sweet and Juicy Corn on the Cob

Updated on August 17, 2014

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!

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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

Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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!

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Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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.

Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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.

Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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.

Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

Step 5: Add the Brine

Pour the brine over the corn.

Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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.

Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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

Lodge Charcoal Chimney Starter
Lodge Charcoal Chimney Starter

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.

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Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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.

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Grill Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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.

Grilled Corn on the Cob c. bossypants
Grilled Corn on the Cob c. bossypants

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!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I love grilled corn, but I pay about $1- $2 a cob when it's in season here in England, I was used to getting a bagful for that price in Michigan.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian who LOVES to grill, and corn makes frequent appearances. My grandpa made the best grilled corn in the world, and after reading this I believe I faintly remember that the corn *did* soak in a special bucket first. He must have been brining it! I've never done so, and wish now I'd bothered to read a little before this. Can't wait to give it a whirl!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This grilled corn looks fabulous. Very well-put together lens - pinned and blessed.

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      dwindhaus lm 4 years ago

      I will try this method this summer.

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      Definately! I'm wishing we will eat some of our own homegrown corn this year. Grilled by the campfire. Hmmm!

      Thanks for the blessing!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Looks like a great recipe, and I plan to try it!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This is the first time I've heard of grilled corn on the cob prepared with brine. It sounds so enticing I will have to try this the next time we grill corn. YUM!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      BTW, I added your lens on Grilling Ideas / BBQ Grills / Grilled Recipes, that should give it a little BOOST! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice to come back here. Say, I was just looking on Amazon, and in Grocery & Gourmet Food, they actually have "corn on the cob". It would look great in the side-bar widgets and Amazon Spotlight modules. - Delete this! LOL

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Not sure why you would put sugar on corn. It's sweet as it is! Interesting recipe!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I can't imagine my corn without butter, but this looks great. I'll try it.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      I like corn all kinds of ways, but this does sound great! I guess it keeps all its flavor too.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I have never tried adding sugar in the brine. This is making want some corn on the cob right now :)

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Wow, sugar in the brine is very interesting. They look wonderful. Maybe this would work for me, not much luck with grilling corn until now maybe.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I love them.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      one of my favorites!

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      one of my favorites!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I have brined chicken and turkey, but never corn. I bet my husband would love to try your recipe for grilling corn. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being on the Summer Festival of Food MonsterBoard.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      We eat grilled corn quite a lot, but this is new to me. Thank you so much for the introduction - I will definitely be passing it on to my husband. Blessings and congratulations for being featured on the Summer Foods selection.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have never heard of soaking corn in a brine before grilling it but you made a believer out of me here that its so perfect that I wouldn't care about salt or butter but just enjoy a perfectly done grilled corn on the cob, how very cool are you!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Looks tasty

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      You are certainly right that there isn't anything better than good and juicy, succulent corn on the cob! Dipped in butter ... Yumm!

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      My hometown used to have a huge corn roast every was not to be missed and has left me with a craving for grilled corn every dang summer. Congrats for your feature on the Summer Festival of Food monsterboard!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      This lens is even a better read the second time around! Kudos for being featured on the summertime monsterboard!!! Well done!!!

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      miauw99 5 years ago

      absolutely yes..

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thank your for sharing!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Wow, my mouth is watering! Yum, yum, yum!!! Great job on this lens and congrats making the BBQ monsterboard!!

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      PBJasen 5 years ago

      Sure I do :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for all the helpful pics and congrats on making the monsterboard.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Grilled corn is so yummy and will have to try your version. Gratz on making the Monster Boards!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      Grilled corn on the BBQ is one of our favorite things to grill. Interesting method and I'm going to try it. Congrats on being featured on Robin's BBQ lens.

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      Didijudy 5 years ago from Canada

      Great lens! Grilled corn is delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Grilled Corn is my Grandmother's Favorite, she has to have it when she comes to visit every Summer! ;)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You betcha I want some! This sounds delicious and your directions are excellent!

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      Soundes excellent! I've never tried using a brine first, but now I might. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds so good! Yum!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Grilled corn on the cob is my favorite way to eat it!

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      We love grilled corn! Love your recipe.