Top 7 Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipes

The best recipes for smoking or grilling corn on the cob

To me, few things say summer like sweet, buttery corn on the cob. Now, the worst way to prepare corn on the cob is to boil away all the flavor. Instead, take it to the grill. Grilling corn is quick and easy and there are so many ways to season it, so fresh cobs can be taken straight from the grill to the plate. These BBQ corn recipes are perfect for any occasion and can be grilled or smoked in small or large batches.

  • 01 of 07
    Southwestern Grilled Corn on the Cob
    Southwestern Grilled Corn on the Cob. Cultura/BRETT STEVENS/Getty Images

    Packed with southwestern flavors under the husks of these corn cobs, then grilled to perfection, the end result is a delicious side dish, guaranteed to please your guests.

  • 02 of 07
    Fresh Corn on the Cob
    Fresh Corn on the Cob. Gareth Morgans/Getty Images

    This is the general method for grilling corn on the cob, which uses the husks to help retain moisture. However, try to pull out as much silk as you can before hand.

  • 03 of 07
    Grilled Corn with Shallot-Parsley Rub
    Grilled Corn with Shallot-Parsley Rub. Chien-Ju Shen/Getty Images

    Perfect for large quantity cooking, this savory corn butter compliments the sweetness of BBQ'd corn. Make the butter ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. Try with a nice grilled fish, steak, or burgers.

  • 04 of 07
    Cajun-Style Corn on the Cob
    Cajun-Style Corn on the Cob. David Bradley Photography/Getty Images

    Filled with spicy goodness, this Cajun-style grilled corn recipe offers versatility to your cookout. They can be grilled up, sliced, and used in a salads, salsa, or as a side. The choice is up to you. Remember to adjust the amount of seasoning to suit your palate.

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  • 05 of 07
    Sweetened Chipotle-Garlic Corn on the Cob
    Sweetened Chipotle-Garlic Corn on the Cob. Phillip Wilkins/Getty Images

    Sweet and spicy, with the warm familiar taste of melted butter. This is the ultimate decadent taste experience and yet, so simple to prepare. As always, add or decrease the amount of chipotle powder to your liking.

  • 06 of 07
    BBQ Corn with Honey-Dijon Baste
    BBQ Corn with Honey-Dijon Baste. Brian Leatart/Getty Images

    This fantastic BBQ corn recipe utilizes the popular combination of sweet honey and the mildly pungent flavor of Dijon mustard. Add the baste close to the end of the grilling time to create a rich caramelized outer layer to the corn.

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    Smoked Corn on the Cob
    Smoked Corn on the Cob. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    To make a slow smoked corn on the cob, soak the ears of corn in water for a few hours, then rub down with olive oil and green onions. Smoke corn for an hour or so and remember to leave the husks intact. The result is fantastic.