Papa’s Grilled Corn on the Cob

Papa’s Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob 8

This might sound corny, but I think you’re going to think this recipe is a-maize-ing. But seriously, there’s almost nothing better than sweet corn when it’s in season. Picked at the peak of freshness, cooked up quickly and slathered in butter, it really only needs salt and pepper to be the perfect accompaniment to any meal. There are many ways to cook corn on the cob, but this is by far my favorite method.

I learned this method from my Grandfather (affectionately known as Papa). Papa grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin and became an expert grill master at a very young age, charged with regularly grilling up supper for his six brothers and sisters! There has been a constant running joke in our family that Papa would eat anything, so long as it was cooked on a grill with barbeque sauce.

By the time I came along, Papa lived just outside Madison, and I was lucky to spend time there in the summers. When the sweet corn came into season, we’d always take the short drive down the road to visit the corn farmer. He would sell the freshest corn you’ve ever seen – a full paper grocery bag for a dollar. We’d hurry home and I’d watch Papa cook them up. This is a super easy and foolproof way to cook corn on the cob on the grill. So let’s get to it and learn How to Grill Corn!      

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Step one is to find a relatively clean 5-gallon bucket. Trim the ends to remove any silk hanging out. Put all of the corn on the cob in the bucket and fill up with cold water. Let the corn soak for at least 30 minutes.

Grill the corn on high for about 20 minutes, turning every five minutes. If the husks start catching fire, spray with a little water.

Here’s what they look like on the grill. The corn will steam inside the husks until the husks dry out and then roast the rest of the way.

The husks will be nicely charred when they’re done.

Be careful when removing the husks as they are hot.

A good quality BBQ Glove comes in handy right about now.


Papa’s Grilled Corn on the Cob

Papa's Grilled Corn on the Cob

An easy and foolproof way to cook corn on the cob on the grill. The corn steams in the husks before roasting to perfection.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: grilled corn, how to grill corn
Servings: 4


  • 4 ears sweet corn
  • 4 gallons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper


  • Trim ends of husks to remove excess silk.
  • Soak ears in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to high. Oil grill grates when hot.
  • Grill corn in husks 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
  • Remove from grill then remove husks and silk.
  • Brush with butter, salt and pepper to taste.

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