Learn how to grill corn on the cob step by step with photos!

If you're looking for an in-depth grilled corn on the cob recipe then you're in the right place! Grilling corn on the cob is much easier than most people think, and to prove it I am going to show you how I make grilled corn on the cob right here and now. Follow along as I grill corn on the cob.

Fresh Corn On The Cob

First, clean that corn! Cut off excess silk hanging from the end and remove loose husk.

This step is not necessary, but I like to do it because excess silk and husk will burn and ash.

Soaking Corn On the cob
Completely submerse all of the corn you will be cooking under water. This will provide extra moisture for cooking. Let the ears of corn soak for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
Smokey Joe

While your corn is soaking, go ahead and prepare the grill. I am going to use a Smokey Joe because I love the taste it gives to the corn, any grill will do though.

Heap enough charcoal to evenly cover the bottom grate into a pile in the center.

Soak the charcoal with charcoal lighter fluid and light. Don't burn your eyebrows off!

Charcoal is ready
Let it burn until the briquettes are lightly coated with gray ash. Once this happens the flames should down you are ready to cook.
corn on the cob cooking!
Place the cooking grate onto the grill
Drain the corn on the cob for grilling
Remove the corn from the water and pour out any excess.
Grilling corn on the cob
Place the corn on the grill...
grilled corn on the cob
and cover.
how to grill corn on the cob

If you are using a smoky joe like this one you can get away with turning the corn every 10-15 minutes.

If you are using a gas grill, keep the heat on med-high and turn the ears every 5 minutes.

If you don't turn them enough, the corn will char.

grill corn on the cob
The ears will turn brown and might even catch on fire - this is fine, let 'em cook. Just be sure to turn them often. The water that you soaked them in is steaming them inside the husks.
corn on the cob on the grill
When your corn looks like this, then it's just about done. After you do this a couple of times you will get a feel for the right appearance.
cook that corn on the cob
Remove the corn from the grill with tongs, it's very hot!
shucking grilled corn on the cob

Grasping one end with a dish towel, peel the silk and leaves from the top down (like a banana). They should all come off in one piece. Ashes will get on the corn, this is ok.

If the corn is too hot to handle do this part in the sink under warm running water.

corn on the cob grilled
Once you've removed most of the silk, rinse the corn under warm running water and any excess ash and silk should wash right off.
grilling corn on the cob

Now the fun part! Some people like to melt the butter first and mix in garlic and other spices...

I personally just go with butter, salt and pepper.

buttering corn on the cob

I use a bar of butter and rub the corn back and forth along the bar, while rolling it to coat it.

It's your corn, dress it however you like.

ready to eat!
And there we have it! grilled corn on the cob! MMMmmmmm... How easy was that!

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