Here’s how to grill corn on the cob with the husks. It’s so easy to do with no prep, no soaking, and no peeling the sweet corn beforehand.
Corn on the cob is a summer staple and is part of every summer celebration and backyard cookout!
One of the most popular ways of cooking it is to grill corn on the cob. You most like already have the grill going so why not throw on some sweet corn.
When grilling corn on the cob with the husks, you don’t have to do all of the peeling ahead of time. Each person peels their corn after it done cooking.
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Watch my video to see how to grill corn on the cob with the husks.
Tips For Choosing Corn On The Cob
1. Look for bright green husks that are still tightly wrapped around the cob.
2. The stem should be moist. Avoid the dry corn.
3. The tassels should be silky, sticky and moist. Avoid the ones with black, dry silks.
4. Feel along the cobs for plump, tightly packed, even rows of corn without missing kernels.
5. Check for small brown spots which could be wormholes.
6. Peel back the husks a bit to take a peek at the tips of the corn cobs without peeling back the whole husk.
How To Grill Corn On The Cob With The Husks
Warm the grill to a medium heat.
Place the corn on the cob with the husks directly on the grill grate.
You can fill the grill gate with corn on the cob but leave a little space between the cobs of corn so that the heat can circulate and so that you will be able to turn the cobs as they cook.
Close the cover and cook over medium heat.
Turn the corn after about five minutes.
Grill corn on the cob for 25 – 30 minutes, turning every five minutes, until hot and tender.
Remove the corn from the grill and allow it to cool slightly before peeling it.
Slather the grilled corn on the cob with butter and sprinkle with salt before eating it.
How To Grill Corn On The Cob With The Husks FAQs
1. How long do you need to grill corn on the cob?
The good news is that it doesn’t really matter! You can eat fresh corn on the cob raw. The grilling is to heat and tenderize the corn. I like to do mine over medium heat for 25-30 minutes with the husks on.
2. How do you know when corn on the cob is done on the grill? Once it’s hot and tender it’s done. The kernels of corn will look plumper and brighter in color than when raw. If you want to check tenderness, you use try piercing the kernels with a knife.
3. How can I get some char marks on the corn? Peel back the husk in some places before grilling.
4. Can I peel the corn on the cob before grilling? Yes! I will be posting a recipe for this soon.
5. Does corn on the cob need to be soaked before grilling? I feel like this is an unnecessary step especially if your corn on the cob is fresh and is moist already (see choosing corn on the cob above). Even with soaking the husks will dry and char while cooking.
6. Can I add butter or spices before grilling the corn? Yes, you can peel back the husks, butter, and spice the corn, replace the husks and then grill it. Again, I feel like this is an unnecessary step. The butter and spices can be added afterward.
How To Use Leftover Grilled Corn On The Cob
Grilled too much corn on the cob and now you have leftovers? We’ve got you covered! Cut the cooked corn off the cob and use it in one of these recipes:
This Corn Salad recipe is a creamy combination of fresh sweet corn, colorful peppers, and ripe tomatoes! It is the perfect summer salad for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues.
Grilled Cowboy Caviar: This Grilled Cowboy Caviar recipe is a flavorful, healthy appetizer that can also be served as a salad side dish. Grilled veggies are a fabulous addition!
Slow Cooker Corn Chowder: Easy slow cooker corn chowder with ham and potatoes is the perfect comfort food for a family dinner.
Tater Tot Chicken Pot Pie: Try making Tater Tot Chicken Pot Pie because admit itâ€¦pie crust is boring. The whole family will love this spin on the traditional chicken pot pie recipe.
Mrs. Renee says
So excited…we’re about to try this!!! Thk u for all the helpful comments at the end. I’m going to try cutting the bottom of the cob like Mitchell suggested. Have also soaked ours, since they were about 3-4 days off the shelf & in the fridge. Wish us blessed hope!!!
Joshua Morrell says
I grill in the husk all the time. But I soak my corn in water for about 10-15 min before putting it on the grill. It keeps it from burning the husk and getting the charred pieces everywhere and helps to steam the corn as it cooks Reducing the cook time to 15-20 min.
Jacqueline Bloedorn says
Thank you, can’t wait to try grilling the corn.
mitchell w bauer says
I have been doing this for years but when done I cut the cob off at the bottom and if done the corn squeezes right out taking all the silk with it most of the time.
Barett Engelhardt says
What temperature is “medium” heat?
Medium heat on a gas grill is 300˚F-400˚F. Mine seems to run on the hotter side so it is probably closer to 400˚F when I use a medium setting.
Michael Pizzo says
Is it OK to wrap the husks in Aluminum foil to do on the grill?
Yes, they can be wrapped in foil. I would suggest using heavy duty foil that is meant to withstand the heat of the grill. Enjoy!
Suzi jonesy says
Love this!! I grilled our corn on the cob & it was delicious! I will definitely be using this recipe more this summer 😊 thank you!