How to Grill Corn on the Cob
Taking your cooking outside in the summer can help reduce the amount you heat up your house while cooking. Grilling is a summertime favorite for many people and grilling corn helps to add a delicious vegetable to your menu. The following will provide guidance on grilling corn on the cob. Although there are other methods, we have found this to be a simple way for grilling corn minimizing any mess.
What You Will Need
- Un-shucked Ears of Corn (1-2 per person)
- Cooler or Large Bucket
- Heat Resistant Grilling Glove
- Clean/New Dish washing Gloves or thick leather gloves for shucking
Preparing the Corn
Step 1: Take the ears of corn and place them in your cooler or bucket.
Step 2: Lightly salt the corn by adding about a tablespoon or two in the cooler.
Step 3: Fill the cooler with cold water to cover the corn.
NOTE: If the corn is floating in your container you may want to weigh it down using plates or some other heavy item although this isn’t a must in the process.
Step 4: Allow the corn to soak in the water for at least 1 hour, but no more than 4 hours.
NOTE: The water absorbed by the ears of corn will promote even cooking on the grill. As the water turns to steam, it will cook the corn inside the husk.
Step 5: After the corn has soaked, light your grill and allow it to heat up to about 300 to 350 degrees.
Step 6: Carefully remove each ear of corn from the water and allow to drip off excess water.
Step 7: Place each ear of corn on the grill alternating directions.
Step 8: Close the grill and allow the corn to slowly cook.
Step 9: After about 5 minutes, open the grill and roll your ears.
NOTE: I like to take the ear of corn farthest to my left and rotate it to the right by picking it up, turning it over, and placing it on the right side of the grill. From there I can simply roll the rest of the ears of corn to the left counter clockwise. This process keeps the ears from burning and creates even cooking.
Step 10: Close the grill and continue cooking another 5 minutes and repeat the process.
Step 12: Using a thick leather grilling glove, carefully remove the corn one at a time from the grill and remove the husk.
Cooking corn on the grill is a great addition to any outdoor BBQ. During the summer months corn is relatively inexpensive (around $0.25/ear at Meijer) and is easy to cook on the grill. Plan ahead to give the corn plenty of time to soak in the water. Grilling corn on the cob is good for parties, BBQs, festivals, or fund raisers.
Do you have any suggestions for grilling corn or other vegetables? Feel free to provide comments or suggestions below.