Perfect Grilled Sweet Corn


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The easiest, tastiest way to grill your sweet corn. Grilled sweet corn is not only extremely easy to cook, but also brings out all the sweet, delicious flavors of the corn.

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If you have been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen that Tyler and I have been trying out many different methods to find the perfect way to grill sweet corn. We are almost tired of eating corn after eating several ears each night this week, but we are excited to share our favorite method with you. We wanted our recipe to have several traits: it had to be easy with no pre-cook shucking or soaking involved, and most importantly, it had to be tasty too! We wanted the sweetest, tenderest corn it was possible to cook! Follow along through the pictures to learn out to grill the perfect sweet corn.

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Start with the best ears; this may seem obvious, but an overripe (all of the kernels fully matured to the end of the cob) ear is never going to be tender. Don’t make the mistake of peeling back the husk to peek at it; that will let the moisture out when it’s cooking, resulting in dried out corn.  Instead, feel along the ear for corn that has just a bit of immature kernels at the very tip.

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Next, cut off the silk at the top of the ear along with any loose bits of husk. This will prevent it from burning and giving off a bad smell. Again, don’t trim it too far back (about half an inch from the end of the cob is best) or it can dry out while cooking.

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Preheat your grill to 5oo F.

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Place the corn on the grill and turn the flame down to about half. Don’t let those flames touch the corn or it will burn. Grill for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Our grill temperature remained around 450 the entire time with the lid closed.

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Take them off the grill after 30 minutes and let the ears cool for at least 10 minutes before peeling. Be careful, they will be literally steaming! The outer layers of husk will be loose and brown and should be removed for presentation. For the tastiest experience, leave the moist inner husks on until ready to eat. It’s a bit messy if you’re eating indoors, but if you’re having a cook-out, this method can’t be beat!  If you are going to be serving the corn sans husk, cut off the small part of the ear where the kernels have not fully matured for a prettier finished product.

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Enjoy the magic of peeling grilled ears. The silk just falls off or comes away with the inner husk. Coat them with butter, sprinkle with salt and enjoy the best sweet corn ever!


  • Sweet Corn
  • Butter
  • Salt


  • Preheat the grill to 500 F.
  • Trim the silk off the tops of each ear. Do not shuck the ears.
  • Place the ears on the grill and turn the flames down so they do not touch the ears.
  • Grill for 30 minutes, turning every 10.
  • Remove from the grill and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Be careful, the ears are very hot! Carefully peel back the husk. Spread it with butter and salt.
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  1. Jeannine O'Neil says

    Thanks for sharing this post! I love this time of year and all the recipes we can try on the grill and we will be trying this one! So glad I connected with you on Totally Talented Tuesdays!


  2. Jane says

    I’ve been eating my corn like this for more years than I can count. I saw Paula Deen make it this way and have never done it any differently since. It’s also good like this in the oven if your weather isn’t grill friendly.


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