Corn on the Cob on the Grill

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This corn recipe is the time-saving strategy you need for your next cookout. Learn how to grill corn on the cob without removing the husks. Serve this cookout side with toppings for guests to season the corn.

There are so many fun ways to prepare corn. I have been known to boil the corn, pop the corn in the cob (wrapped in aluminum foil) into my slow cooker, and have prepared tths summer side with fancy herb butters for our family cookouts.

To save on money, I have always purchased the corn in the husks.

Although I have been to many cookouts, I had no idea that you could grill your corn on the cob without any special foil preparations.

Since learning this amazing cookout shortcut, I have said goodbye to time lost, removing those silks and outer husks, and said hello to the world’s easiest method for roasted corn made on your grill.

No more cleaning up corn silk and husks?


Now you can have your guests pull back their own husks and prepare their corn with their own favorite toppings.

The best part about keeping the corn in the husk?

It can stay warm for 30 minutes, making timing the rest of your dishes around it a cinch.

Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Here are a few questions that I get asked about preparing your corn for the grill! 

Soaking Corn in Water With Husk On

Corn in Husks On Grill

How Do I Prepare Corn on the Cob for the Grill?

To prevent your corn from becoming burned (or catching on fire), it is important that you soak your corn (in its husk- do not remove!) in a bucket of water.

Ideally, you want the corn to soak for two to three hours. As they soak, be sure to rotate the ears so that all of the sides are properly soaked for the grill.

While you may think to only use this grilling technique at home, it is a really great one when you want to grill corn on the cob when camping.

Grilling Corn on the Cob In Foil

I Prefer Grilling Corn in Foil. Do You Have Any Tips?

If I am going to the trouble of cleaning the corn, I love to just slather the corn cobs with herbed butter BEFORE you wrap them in foil. This herbed butter grilled corn recipe is a perfect one to create.

If you are wrapping your corn cobs in foil, you just want to make sure that they are wrapped tightly (to prevent any potential grill fires from the buttered topping) and they can be grilled for 15 minutes, turning often.

I Don’t Have a Grill. Do You Have Any Suggestions On How to Boil Corn Instead?

I learned a trick for boiling corn in milk and brown sugar, to really enhance the sweetness and I can’t rave about it enough.

This combination works really well when corn isn’t in season and you are looking to\ bring a little more sweetness to your corn.

I admit, it is an usual way to do it, but the combination makes corn taste like it is in season all year long.

Another option, of course, is to boil the corn in boiling salted water.

It should take just seven to eight minutes to cook.

What Can I Do With Leftover Corn on the Cob?

It never fails that we have a few ears of corn leftover from a cookout.

Personally, I love to shave the corn and add it to a summer salad.

Shaving Grilled Corn for Salad

Looking for a unique salad combination? This Edamame & Corn Salad is always a cookout winner.

Shaved corn can also be made into a delicious roasted corn salsa, as a fun appetizer to munch on with your leftovers.

Adding a layer of roasting, to the corn kernels, really adds smoky flavor to your salsa.

Admittedly, shaving corn can be a messy affair, but these tips are genius for keeping the corn mess to a minimum.

Don’t feel like making the effort to shave corn? 

I’ve got another great recipe idea for you!

Another simple way you can use up those ears of corn are to reserve them for a shrimp boil on another night. Just add the already cooked corn cobs, at the end of your boiling time, to warm.

Corn on the Cob on the Grill
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Serves: 6
This corn recipe is the time-saving strategy you need for your next cookout. Learn how to grill corn on the cob without removing the husks. Serve this cookout side with toppings for guests to season the corn.
  • 6 ears of corn (or as many as you like)
  • 1 bucket of fresh water
  • Butter, Salt, & Pepper (optional) for topping
  1. Place corn (husk and all) in a bucket of cold water. Let the corn soak for two to three hours, rotating the corn in the bucket to assure that all of the ears get soaked.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Place corn on your hot grill and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the corn after fifteen minutes.
  3. The corn husks may become charred, but the corn inside remains intact.
  4. The corn will stay hot for thirty minutes after being removed from the grill and the corn husk will peel very easily from the corn.
  5. Have guests peel back the husks and then season with butter, salt, and pepper.

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What are some of your favorite ways to prepare corn for the grill? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy grilling!

Published July 19, 2011 by:

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