One of life’s greatest pleasures comes in late summer and early fall; I am speaking of course, of sweet corn. There is really nothing that can compete with the flavor of just picked sweet corn on the cob, especially on the grill! Grilled corn on the cob is a summer barbecue classic and when in season, it just does not seem like a cookout unless there is plenty of perfectly grilled corn on the picnic table.
This is one of the simplest recipes you’ll ever see – but ripe sweet corn really needs nothing more than a good grilling and some butter, salt and pepper to bring out its juicy, slightly sweet flavor.
Corn always makes a wonderful side dish no matter whether you are teaming it with chicken, beef or something else, and cooking it on the cob ensures a wonderful result. The reason chargrilled corn surpasses corn kernels in terms of flavor is all about the smoked given off by the barbeque. Adding an enticing aroma to the corn, the smoke helps to make it really tasty and you will be able to taste the difference. You cannot compare boiled corn on the cob to barbequed corn. They are worlds apart in terms of flavor! Boiled corn on the cob is a typical side dish while barbequing it means you will have something seriously impressive.
Some people are put off by the sight of fresh corn on the cob. What is with the silk and the husk, and which bits do you need to remove? This recipe answers all your questions and shows you how to make corn on the cob like a professional barbeque cook with years of experience. To barbeque corn on the cob you need to take the husks off and discard the silk. Next soak it for half an hour in the sink while you get on with other tasks. Once you have folded the husks back and wrapped the corn in foil you are ready to put it on the barbeque to cook. The heat from the grill will permeate the foil and the corn will be steaming away in its own wonderful juices right there on the stove.
So which seasonings should you add? Well of course that decision is best left to the cook, so you have free rein over what you are going to use. Some people want to add some spice to liven up the corn and contrast with the sweetness it naturally has, so perhaps some allspice, curry powder or cayenne pepper would be nice. Another idea is a pinch of dried mixed herbs. Oregano, cilantro, parsley, basil, tarragon, and rosemary are other ideas. Add any of these to add flavor to your corn and enhance its natural beauty of flavor. When you remove the foil and serve the corn you might wish to add a generous pat of butter and grind some salt over it. This is a typical way of serving corn and honestly few side dishes are as delicious as salted, buttered corn.
- 4 ears sweet corn
- Condiments and seasonings, as desired
- Start by peeling back the husks on the sweet corn (don't remove them entirely) and remove the corn silk. Fill your sink with cold water and give the semi-husked corn a short soak; about 20-30 minutes.
- Fold the husks back onto the corn and wrap in heavy duty foil sealing tightly - they are now ready for the grill! Grill for about 25 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is.
- Turn the corn regularly and watch the condition of the foil. Inside the foil husk, the corn is being steamed.
- Once the husks have browned remove from the foil, the corn is ready to eat; however, if you prefer a little bit of char on your corn as many do, simply grill for an extra five minutes, turning regularly.
- This will partially caramelize the corn, giving it a little extra kick of sweetness as well as more grill flavor.
- Place on foil for easy cleanup and serve at once with the seasonings of your choice - or even none at all!
Corn on the cob makes the most delicious side dish, and it goes with just about everything from seafood and fish to chicken, pork or beef. Use your imagination where seasonings are involved, going as sweet, as spicy or as piquant as you wish. Serve the finished corn with salt and butter if you choose. Kids love corn on the cob as much as adults do. They admire its typical sweet flavor. The big, juicy kernels cook to perfection on the barbeque and this is one of the best grilled vegetable recipes you can make. The flavor is hard to describe because it is so amazing.
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