Corn on the cob is a favorite summer side dish. What's not to love about the slightly crisp, sweet kernels bursting with the essence of summertime? Many people simply boil the corn in a large stock pot with water, but have you ever tried throwing it on the grill?
Grilling corn not only makes for a more interesting way to serve this common side dish, but it also keeps the kitchen cool. There's no need to make the kitchen humid while waiting for a giant pot of water to boil, when you can just fire up the grill and cook the corn that way. Also, grilling the corn is a lot faster than waiting for all of that water to come up to 212 degrees!
You can grill corn with or without its husk. If you decide to grill it in the husk, be sure to soak the corn in cold water for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling so that you don't cause the husk to catch fire.
Grilled Corn 101:
If you're using corn in the husk, fill a clean bucket or large bowl with cold water and submerge the corn for at least 30 minutes. If you are going to use "huskless" corn, peel back the husk and brush away the
Clean and preheat your grill to medium-high. Once the grill is hot, place the corn cobs on the grates, close the lid and grill until nicely marked, then turn occasionally until the corn is uniformly caramelized. This should take less than 10 minutes total.
Remove the cobs from the grill and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning or simply salt and freshly cracked black pepper. A squeeze of lime or a little bit of butter is always delicious too! Enjoy!