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Grilled Corn on the Cob three different ways. Bust out the grill and make this classic summer side dish for all your backyard barbecues, picnics, and potlucks. 

Grilled Corn on the cob on a countertop.

How do you grill corn on the cob without husks?

Corn on the cob can be grilled without the husks in two different ways. First, you can grill the corn directly on the grill grates. This results in a drier corn on the cob with a lot of smoky, grilled flavor. The sugar caramelizes in the corn caramelizes a bit more when grilled directly on grill grate, giving it a unique flavor. Second, you can grill your corn on the cob in foil. This traps steam in and creates a moist corn on the cob experience, but doesn’t get as much of the smoky, grilled flavor.

Can I grill corn in the husk?

Yes! Corn on the cob can be grilled in the husk. An optional step is to peel back the husk and remove the silk strands from the cob, but you can also grill the cobs without removing the silk. To keep the husk from burning or catching fire, it’s a good idea to soak your corn for 15 minutes to 1 hour before grilling.

Bird's eye view of five cobs of Grilled Corn

Do you have to soak corn on the cob before grilling?

No, it does not have to be soaked before grilling. However, if you are grilling your corn in the husk, it’s a good idea to soak your corn so that the husks do not burn or catch fire.

How long do you grill corn on the cob in foil?

Corn on the cob needs to be grilled over high heat for 15 to 20 minutes whether you cook it in foil, in the husk, or out of the husk.

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Grilled Corn on the cob on a countertop.
Grilled Corn on the Cob three different ways. Bust out the grill and make this classic summer side dish for all your backyard barbecues, picnics, and potlucks.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 whole corn on the cob
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions

How to Grill Corn on The Cob In the Husk

  • Soak corn cobs in a clean sink or large pot of cold water for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from water and gently peel back the corn husks from the cob, leaving the husk in tact. Remove the silk strands from the cob.
  • Season the corn with salt and pepper, to taste, and place 2 to 3 knobs of butter onto the cob. Gently fold the husks back over the cob to cover completely.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat (about 500 degrees). Place corn cobs on a grill rack and cook with the lid closed for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob In Foil

  • Shuck your corn and remove silk strands from the cobs. Either cut in half, or keep whole depending on serving preferences.
  • Season the corn cobs with salt and pepper to taste, and place 2 to 3 knobs of butter on top of each cob. Wrap each cob in aluminum foil so that it is completely covered.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat (about 500 degrees). Place corn cobs on a grill rack and cook with the lid closed for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob Out of the Husk

  • Shuck your corn and remove silk strands from the cobs.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat (about 500 degrees). Place corn cobs on a grill rack and cook with the lid closed for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes.
  • Run cooked corn through a stick of butter to coat and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corn on The Cob
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Jo Bass
December 5, 2018 5:01 am

5 stars
Thank you for this yummy recipe

Kathleen Rankin
August 22, 2020 6:56 pm

5 stars
Thank you for the nice overview

Evie Howe
May 30, 2018 2:57 pm

I enjoyed trying your corn and there are so many recipes that I would love to get.

Robyn Russell
May 22, 2018 12:55 pm

Can you direct me to smoker recipes. I’ve seen a few but can’t seem to go back them and find them. I just gifted my husband with a smoker and we need recipes
Thank you

Andrea
May 22, 2018 10:52 am

5 stars
Great ways to grill corn!

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