Learning how to grill corn on the cob offers the opportunity to serve something different and tasty at your next cookout. After all, isn’t pleasing your guests with something new and delicious at least half of the fun of hosting a summer barbecue? Serving more vegetables helps promote a leaner, healthier meal that your guests can enjoy without regretting it later. Even if you have never tried it before, here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly grill corn on the cob that will be a hit at your next summer barbecue.
5 Steps to Perfect Grilled Corn
Step 1: Source Quality Corn
Find fresh sweet corn in the fresh produce section of most supermarkets or at your favorite vegetable stand. Choose plump ears of fresh corn with bright green husks for grilling. Peel away the husks at the top to reveal the kernels to make certain that they are crisp and bright yellow in color.
Step 2: Prepare the Corn for the Grill
Prepare the corn for grilling by peeling back the husks and removing and discarding the corn silks (tiny little fibers inside the husks). Rinse the ears of corn under running water and then pull the husks back over the kernels. A bit of cooking twine can be used around the top of the husks to secure them in place. Place the ears of corn in a large bowl, cover with water and soak them for at least two hours.
Step 3: Apply to Coals (or heat source)
Remove the ears of corn from the water and pat dry with paper towels when you are ready to grill them. It is not necessary to wrap the ears of corn in aluminum foil. Instead simply place them directly on an uncovered grill over a medium bed of coals. Soaking them in water in advance helps to keep the kernels from drying out so the corn will be moist and tasty after grilling.
Step 4: Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grill the ears of corn for a total cooking time of about 30 minutes or until tender to your taste. Turn the ears frequently, every 5 to 10 minutes while cooking to ensure even grilling. You can check for tenderness by pricking the ears with the tines of a fork. Do not overcook or corn may become dry and blackened.
Step 5: Garnish and serve your perfect grilled corn
Prepare a mixture of melted butter (or margarine), chives, parsley and salt while the corn is grilling that your guests can brush on to season the grilled corn to taste. A little parmesan also comes highly recommended!