Grilled corn on the cob is a must-have barbecue side dish! Yet the dilemma that everyone has is whether to grill corn in or out of the husk.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR GRILLED CORN
Technically, nothing further is required. You may simply grill the corn as it is. But why not go over and above to make it even better? This is what I'm utilizing.
- Sea Salt & Pepper
SHOPPING TIPS FOR THE BEST CORN
Be on the lookout for:
- Tassels of golden brown with tight green husks (the hairy bit up top).
- Brown crackly husks and dried-out tassels should be avoided.
- Kernels that are thick and plump. Skip them if they're missing a lot of kernels.
GRILLED CORN METHODS (2 WAYS)
Here are the two most effective strategies to consider:
- Grill with the husk still attached. This process effectively steams the corn, resulting in unusually plump, sensitive, and juicy kernels with a subtle smoky flavor. The disadvantage of this procedure is that it makes a mess when you shuck the charred, blackened husk from the cob.
- Immediately on the grill. If you want that smoky, charred flavor and grill marks on your corn, add it directly to the grill (with the husks and silks removed). It also cooks faster! The disadvantage of this procedure is that your kernels will be less juicy, but the flavor will be out of this world.
HOW TO GRILL CORN ON THE COB
WITH THE HUSK
- Start grilling: Preheat the grill to medium-high. Close the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
- Pull the corn and husk it: Using tongs, take the corn from the grill and set it aside to cool before removing the husk and silks.
- Make them feel good: Before serving, brush with melted butter (or add a piece of butter) and season with salt and pepper.
WITHOUT THE HUSK
- Peel the corn: Remove the husks and stringy silks from your corn before grilling it. The bare corn should next be gently brushed with avocado oil or similar neutral, high-heat oil.
- Start grilling: Preheat the grill to medium-high. Cook the corn directly on the grill for about 10 minutes, turning every few minutes for even char marks.
- Remove and replace the butter: Before serving, remove the corn from the grill using tongs, drizzle with butter, and season with salt and pepper.
WAYS TO SERVE GRILLED CORN
Sweet corn straight from the grill is delicious. But if there's room for even more pronounced flavors, you know I'm all for it! Here are a few delicious variations to try:
- Chili Lime: Squeeze some lime juice over your corn, then sprinkle with paprika or chipotle powder.
- Herbed Butter: Before brushing on, combine some fresh chopped herbs with your melted butter.
- Garlic Parmesan: Before brushing the corn with melted butter, mix in the minced garlic. Then sprinkle grated parmesan on top.
- Chipotle: Make my chipotle sauce and drizzle it over the corn before serving.
GRILLED CORN ON THE COB
- 4 ears of corn
- Optional: avocado oil to brush the corn, if grilling without the husk
- Optional: butter, salt and pepper for topping
- Remove the husks and silks from each corn. Lightly brush the naked corn with avocado oil or another neutral, high-heat oil.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place the corn directly on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 10 minutes, rotating every few minutes for an even char.
- Using tongs, remove the corn from the grill and transfer to a plate. Top with a pat of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
WITH THE HUSK
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place your corn on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 15 minutes, while rotating every few minutes. The husk will become blackened.
- Using tongs, remove the corn from the grill and transfer to a plate. Let it cool to the touch before removing the husks and silks.
- Top the corn with a pat of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.