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Sara Hansen

6 of the Best Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipes to Try This Summer

When it comes to grilled food, two things that have long gone hand-in-hand are summertime and grilled corn. The high heat and wood smoke elevate sweet corn to a whole new, delicious level. Plus, it’s super simple and easy to cook. 

Grilled corn makes for a perfect side for grilled steaks, BBQ chicken, burgers, tacos, and more! Of course, just classic grilled corn with salt and butter is always a favorite. But, why not get adventurous and try out a new variation for your next backyard cooking session?

In this article, we’ve put together 6 varieties of grilled corn recipes you can try out. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a new favorite today!


Mexican Street Corn on the Cob (aka Elote)


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Source: SpendWithPennies


If you’ve never tried grilled Mexican street corn, technically known as Elote, then you are missing out! Elote is a unique and tasty spin on fresh sweet summer corn. In this recipe, the corn on the cob is grilled and then coated in spicy and savory ingredients that include chile powder, cumin, and cotija cheese. A splash of lime juice and a pinch of cilantro make this grilled corn a delicious option for your next backyard barbecue! Pair this corn with pork carnitas, ribs, or grilled chicken.


Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic & Parmesan


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Source: Traeger Grills


Everyone loves a combo of garlic and parmesan. Combine this with the delicious flavor of sweet grilled corn and you’ve got a winning combination. In this recipe from Traeger Grills, fresh corn on the cob is coated in a garlic butter mix, grilled till tender and charred, and then finished with a melt-in-your-mouth garnish or parmesan and parsley. Mesquite makes for the perfect choice of wood type to help balance the flavors of the sweet corn. 


Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lemon Dill Butter


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Source: Natasha’s Kitchen


For the perfect side for grilled seafood, check out this grilled corn recipe. The flavors of lemon and dill go perfectly with the light flavor profile of fish/shellfish. This recipe uses the method of wrapping the corn in foil and grilling it, sealing in the moisture, and steaming the corn. (Alternatively, you could grill the corn directly on the grill if you want to get a more charred finish.) 


Grilled Corn with Spicy Buffalo Butter


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Source: Foodie Crush


If you are looking for something with a little more kick, this one is a great choice. This recipe takes buttered corn to a whole new level by using a flavored compound butter. Combining butter, hot sauce, blue cheese, and scallions makes this corn recipe one that will have your family and friends coming back for more.


BBQ Glazed Grilled Corn


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Source: Food Network


Chances are you might be putting barbecue sauce or glaze on the meat you are grilling (or serving it on the side). Why not put a delicious barbecue glaze on the corn too? This recipe calls for slathering the corn in a sweet and spicy glaze before it goes on the grill. With a delicious balance of ingredients, including cayenne pepper and brown sugar, you’ll end up with mouth-watering grilled corn on the cob.


Delicious Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob


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Source: delish


If you’re still leaning towards just the traditional grilled corn on the cob, this simple recipe uses kosher salt and butter to help emphasize the sweet flavor of fresh grilled corn. With your grill on high heat (550°F), this corn is grilled to perfection in 10 to 15 minutes.


Add Juicy Grilled Corn to Your BBQ Menu Today!

With this list of recipes, you’ve got plenty of creative grilled corn options to choose from to help complete your summertime barbecue meal. In our opinion, grilled corn is delicious any time of the year though! Don’t be afraid to get creative and tweak any of the recipes above to put your own twist on them.

Make sure to take a look at our other blog articles for plenty more ideas for side dishes you can smoke or grill. We’ve also got grilled options for breakfast, for your vegetarian family and friends, and even unusual grilled foods you can try!

Do you have a favorite way to grill corn on the cob? Have another idea for a grilled corn recipe? Leave a comment below and tell us about it. We want to hear from you!


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