How To: Grill Corn on the Cobb

by admin on July 23, 2011

I’ve learned something about myself and blogging over the past two days.  It seems that I shouldn’t promise a blog, I should just do it.  If I say I’ll do it, I won’t.

Apparently, blogging is a lot like homework for me.  I love to read.  I’ll read anything.  I read every day.  I’m making my career out of literature.  I’ve read half the books for my fall classes over the summer just for fun.  I’m THRILLED to read Mill on the Floss right now, but I won’t be thrilled to do it in the fall when I have to read book one by Tuesday, book two by Thursday, book three by Tuesday, you get the point.

Same goes for blogging.  I love blogging.  I want to do it.  I have things to say (at least I think I do).  But the second I publicize “I’m going to do a post about how to grill corn on the cobb,” all I want to do is procrastinate.

So, a day later than promised, per the request of a few readers and friends, it’s time for you to learn what Sarah taught me last year on the Fourth of July:

How To Grill Corn on the Cobb

NOTE: Be sure to remove excess leaf (like what is in the top here) or it can fall into the flame of the grill and catch on fire.

Step 1: Remove silk from corn but DO NOT remove the husk.  

Before removing silk

The husk protects the corn from the flame of the grill; out of the husk, the sugars in the corn will quickly scorch.

After removing silk

After removing the silk, wash the corn with a fruit/vegetable cleaner.

Step 2: Replace the husk and set the corn in water.

Again, the goal here is to prevent burning.  Without soaking the husk, it will catch fire.  Trust me.  I’ve been there.  A whole ear of corn up in flames while food is cooking = no fun.  If you soak the husks, they’ll still look burned, but they won’t actually catch fire, which is really all you want to avoid.

Step 3: While soaking the corn, preheat your grill for at least 15 minutes to medium heat.

Step 4: Place corn on the pre-heated grill for 15 minutes. (This may vary according to the temperature of your grill.)  

You don't need the peppers if you don't want them :)

Close the hood of the grill and, after 15 minutes, flip corn to cook the other side.  Cook for 15 minutes on both sides.

Step 5: Remove Corn from Heat

You can move the corn to a cooler section of the grill while you cook the rest of your food or, if there’s no room, simply remove the corn from the grill.  If you remove the corn completely, you may want to wrap it in aluminum foil so that it holds its heat until the rest of the meal is ready.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Don't eat the husk :)

FLAVOR NOTE: A lot of people like to butter their corn either before or after cooking it.  If you love buttery corn, then this is for you.  (Try a little seasoning salt in the butter for extra flavoring.)  Personally, I love the sweetness that comes out when grilling corn, so I don’t do anything to it other than remove it from the husk and love it as is!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

ittybitsofbalance July 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks for this tutorial! I had no clue how to do this lol :(


ittybitsofbalance July 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks for this post! I had no idea how to do this :(


ittybitsofbalance July 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

whoops…. haha 😉 Well now you have 3 comments from me!


notjustacarnivore July 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Yay for three comments! This is my favorite way to cook corn and a lot of people have been asking about it.

So glad I found your blog! Love it!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

YES! Thanks so much Katy! I am about to go get the food for the week. Corn will be on the list!


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