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, smoked corn on the cob gives the most pleasing taste you can ever imagine. Try butter on the top as well if you are not fond of spicy flavors.
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.
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How to make 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.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Cook Temperature: 225ºF
- Wood Flavor: Applewood
- Servings: 4 people
- A smoker of your choice (I recommend a pellet grill)
- Commercial grade tin foil
- Kitchen twine
- 4 large ears of fresh corn on the Cob with husks
- 2 tablespoons of salted melted butter
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon 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.
BBQ Hero Tip: 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.
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Add wood chips and start the 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.
2) Prepare the corn for the smoking
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.
3) Preparing the 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.
4) Brush the corns
Take that small bowl of mixture and apply the butter paste on each corn using a brush.
5) Smoking the corns
After applying butter to the corns:
- Place it directly on the grill for smoking for about 45 minutes.
- When half of the desired time is done, open the smoker and change the side of corn.
- 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 flavor and texture.
6) Serving the corn
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 flavor, you can again apply some butter paste to it. Finally, you are done with the yummiest smoked corn on the cob recipe.
BBQ Hero Tip: If you want to add more spicy flavor to your smoked corn on the cob, try adding chili powder, cayenne sauce, or any hot sauce to your butter baist.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are having few queries about preparing the perfect smoked corn on the corb, so, here are all possible solutions for you.
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 flavor and texture. Also, you will not have those grill texture that makes the corn appearance tempting.
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.