Smoked Corn on the Cob Recipe

Smoked Corn On The Cob

If you’re looking for easy smoked corn on the cob recipe, you’ve come to the right place! Gone are the days of just boiling corn with the cob! Fire up that smoker or grill and let’s change the way you taste corn on the cob!

Having a summer BBQ party without smoked corn on the cob is a bit unfair to a BBQ platter. You must have smoked as a side order. When served with some BBQ sauce topping and BBQ rub, it gives the most pleasing taste you can ever imagine. Try butter on the top as well if you are not fond of spicy flavours.

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Smoked Corn on the Cob

Making corn on the cob is not a difficult thing to do. While preparing your BBQ, gently pull husks, place the corn with cob on the side, and let it smoke. Brush corn with butter or BBQ sauce as per your taste preferences.

You can also use corn kernels from the cob and make sweet corn topped up with some melted butter and cheese.

For making this delectable side dish, the only things you need are wood chips (I used applewood), a Pellet grill, grill grates, and corn on the Cob. I recommend you to smoke the corn naked and on low heat. To help you prepare the perfect smoked corn, we have broken down the simplest yet the yummiest recipe for you.

I assure you that after the first attempt, you are going to make this delicious smoked corn on the cob again and again. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts about this recipe in the comments section below.

How To Make Smoked Corn On The Cob

Step 1: Preheat Smoker

It would be best if you have cleaned your smoker and especially the grill grates before smoking food. Add applewood chips or pellets to the smoker. Light it up and maintain the temperature at 225ºF.

Step 2: Prepare Corn

If you want to prevent the smoked corn from drying out, then soak corn in water, but I would not recommend pulling corn husk and removing the silks. Keep the husk intact.

Step 3: Preparing Butter Mixture

Take a small bowl, pour in the butter, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder. Mix the ingredients well until a thin liquid consistency is formed. you are ready to brush your corns.

Step 4: Brush The Corn

Take that small bowl of mixture and apply the butter paste on each corn using a brush.

Step 5: Smoke The Corn

After applying butter to the corns:
1. Place it directly on the grill for smoking for about 45 minutes.
2. When half of the desired time is done, open the smoker and change the side of corn.
3. Again brush it with butter paste and let it smoke.

You can also wrap the corn in tin foil for the smoking process. Smoking the corn in tin foil will keep your corn juicy, but it might not have that strong smoke flavour and texture.

Step 6: Serve!

When the smoking duration is complete, it is now time to remove the corn from the smoker. Pull off the husks and serve them with the main course dish. If you want to enjoy a robust buttery flavour, you can again apply some butter paste to it. Finally, you are done with the yummiest smoked corn on the cob recipe.

Try the amazing smoked corn on the cob recipe as an appetizer or side with smoked beef short ribs, reverse sear steak or a smoked T bone steak. You can also try with grilled chicken salad as well.

Tips For Making The Best Smoked Corn On The Cob

  • Spice It Up. If you want to add more spicy flavour to your smoked corn on the cob, try adding chili powder, cayenne sauce, or any hot sauce to your butter baste.
  • Soak It. We recommend soaking your corn (with the husks) in cold water for 30 mins to an hour before smoking. Pat dry before adding the olive oil. We soak the corns to prevent them from drying out.
  • Experiment With Toppings. I tried it with apricot sauce topping, and believe me. The taste was mind-blowing. I recommend you to use applewood chips for smoking the corn cob, it will be a hit.

Great Smoked Sides Options

If you’re looking for other amazing smoked side dish recipes just like the smoked corn on the cob recipe, then you must give a try to our Smoked Eggs, Smoked Gouda, or Smoked Sweet Potatoes recipes. They are healthy, easy to make recipes, and can be served with any main course.

Best Beer To Pair With Smoked Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob, kissed by the smoky flames of a grill, is a summertime delight that can’t be beaten. But what if we told you there’s a way to make this classic even more enjoyable? Enter beer! Pairing the right brew with your smoky corn can elevate your taste experience to a whole new level. Let’s get to the sippin’ and munchin’!

American Pale Ale (APA)

A good ol’ American Pale Ale is like the friendly neighbor of the beer world. It’s crisp, balanced, and oh-so-refreshing. Just like your smoky corn, it brings that harmonious mix of flavors that make your taste buds do the happy dance. The hoppy notes and mild bitterness of an APA are a great match for the smokiness of the corn, and its citrusy undertones can cut through the buttery goodness. It’s like a corny, hoppy love story in your mouth!

Wheat Beer

Wheat beer, whether you go for a Hefeweizen or a Belgian Witbier, is like the cool breeze on a hot summer’s day. It’s light, slightly fruity, and carries a touch of spiciness that complements the smoky char of your corn. The wheat beer’s effervescence cleanses your palate, letting you fully appreciate the sweet and smoky notes of your corn. This pairing is like a summer picnic for your taste buds – relaxed and delicious.

Stout or Porter

Now, you might think it’s a bit odd to pair a dark, rich stout or porter with your smoky corn, but trust us, it’s a match made in flavor heaven. The deep, roasted malt flavors in these beers provide a wonderful contrast to the sweet, smoky corn, creating a balance that’s simply delightful. The creaminess of a stout or porter complements the buttery goodness of your corn, and the dark chocolate and coffee undertones add a layer of complexity that will have you savoring each bite and sip like a true foodie.

Smoked Corn On The Cob

Smoked Corn On The Cob Recipe

Easy Smoked Corn On The Cob you can try at home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 4 large ears of fresh corn on the Cob with husks
  • 2 tablespoons of salted melted butter
  • tsp teaspoon salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • tsp onion powder
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon finely chopped parsley


  • Start your smoker and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
  • Pull husks back from the corn. Remove the silks but keep the husks intact.
  • Preparing the mixture to be brushed on the corn.
  • Brush the corn with the prepared mixture.
  • Place the corn on the grill racks and smoke for 45 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  • Remove the corn, pull the husks, brush it with the prepared butter mixture.
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 Smoked Corn On The Cob FAQs

Can I smoke corn on the cob?

Yes, you can smoke corn on the Cob. It is the best way to smoke it and serve it with your main course.
Though there are different methods for cob recipe. But, my recommendation is to smoke corn on the cob.

What is the healthiest way to cook corn on the cob?

The Healthiest Way To Cook Corn:
First of all, cut off the extended silk outside the husks, because they can burn easily.
Keep the husk itself closed.
Arrange the corn on the grill for smoking, for about an hour at 225ºF.
Allow to cool 5 minutes before husking and removing the silk from corn.

What temp to smoke corn on the Cob?

Get your grill preheated at 225ºF. This is the perfect temperature at which corn on the Cob can be smoked properly.
If you raise the temperature, there are chances that the corn might get complicated, and you will lose that sweet and juicy texture.

Can I smoke corn on the Cob with husks?

 You can smoke the corn on the Cob with husks. Keeping the husk intact will tenderize the corn and easy to rip it off directly from the Cob.

Can I smoke frozen corn on the Cob?

You can smoke the frozen corn on the Cob. The last time I tried it, the taste was better than boiling the corn on the Cob.
You can freeze the corn on the Cob by placing them in a zip bag or a piping bag for over 2 to 3 months.

Can I smoke corn on the Cob on a pellet grill?

Yes, you can smoke corn on a pellet grill. I have tried smoking corn on a pellet grill and trust me, it was a hit. You can use any other grill with which you are comfortable. But my recommendation is a pellet grill.

Should I smoke corn on the Cob in tin foil?

You can wrap the corn in tin foil and smoke it. Smoking the corn in tin foil will keep the corn juicy, but the problem is, that it won’t have that strong smoke flavour and texture. Also, you will not have those grill texture that makes the corn appearance tempting.

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