A great little trick that will help you grill flawless corn on the cob. In fact, we will grill corn no other way after using this method. While you could easily boil corn on the cob, grilling corn brings out a different, richer flavor and adds that yummy char to the outside of the corn.

A Simple Trick for Grilling Corn on the Cob


This is one of my best tricks to grilling corn on the cob. It keeps the corn moist but also adds a nice light char if done right. Use this method on how to cook corn on the grill at your next BBQ!

Corn wrapped in foil on a grill and grilled corn.

I have a great little trick that will help you grill delicious corn on the cob. In fact, we grill corn no other way after using this method. While you could easily boil corn on the cob, grilling corn brings out a different, richer flavor and adds that tasty char to the outside of the corn. Want to know my secret?

I almost always grill corn when we have people to our house. They are one of my many hosting tips to keep a party stress-free actually. My friends, Noelle and Kyle, were the ones that shared this method with us and we’ve never gone back.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob

Now that credit is properly given, here’s how to grill great corn on the cob:

Step 1: Strip that corn down, baby. Remove the husk and little stringies.

Corn on the cob on a sheet of foil

Step 2: Wrap the corn in a damp paper towel. Not dripping but wet enough so you could squeeze a few drops out if needed. This gives the corn its own personal little steam bath while also allowing for it to get a bit crispy on the edges.

Corn on the cob wrapped in a paper towel

Step 3: Wrap it up tightly in foil.

Corn on the cob wrapped in foil

Now repeat for however many cobs you’re making.

Step 4:  Preheat grill to 350-400°F. (For gas grills, turn the burners to medium). Once the grill is warmed up, place the wrapped up corn cobs on  the grill and close the lid. Let them cook for about 10 minutes. Now flip them over on the other side and give them another 10 minutes. 

If you are only doing 3-4 ears of corn, reduce the cooking time by a few minutes.

Corn on the cob stacked

Step 5: Remove them from the heat and unwrap them when they are ready to eat. Add a little butter, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, or whatever blows your skirt up.

Corn on the cob with pepper

So delish!

corn on the cob wrapped in foil on a grill

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Recipe for Grilled Corn on the Cob

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How to Grill Corn on the Cob

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American8

Description

The simplest trick to guarantee the best grilled corn on the cob that you’ll ever eat!


Ingredients

  • 810 ears of corn
  • 810 individual paper towels
  • 810 pieces of aluminum foil
  • 1/2 stick butter (more or less depending on number of ears of corn)
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Strip the corn down by removing the husk and little stringies.
  2. Wrap each corn ear in a damp paper towel. Not dripping but wet enough so you could squeeze a few drops out if needed. This gives the corn its own personal little steam bath while also allowing for it to get a little crispy on the edges.
  3. Wrap each ear tightly in foil.
  4. Preheat grill to 350-400°F. (Burners on medium). Once grill is warmed up, place the corn on and close the lid. Let it cook for about 10 minutes. Then, flip them over on the other side and give them another 10 minutes. (Note: If you’re only cooking 3-4 ears, reduce the time by a few minutes on each side.)
  5. Remove them from the heat and unwrap them when you are ready to eat. Add a little butter, salt,  and pepper. Or maybe add a little Parmesan cheese, too.
  6. Serve the corn warm and enjoy.

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10 replies
  1. Evelyn says:

    This is fantastic!! I never thought of wrapping the ears with wet paper towels first. It made it so tender and sweet. This will be the only way of cooking corn on the cob from now on.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Queene Greene says:

    Wet/moist paper towels? YIKES! Please know I am no way trying to poo-poo your recommendation BUT please know that paper towels are treated with toxic substances such as formaldehyde which can leach onto your food when used in an application such as recommended above. A MUCH safer alternative and how I prepare our corn ears to be grilled is to run them under cold water ( after prepping them of course) slather butter/mayonnaise, wrap them in ( non-toxic) Parchment paper then wrap them again in foil. ( never foil alone – toxic). And BOOM….the BEST grilled corn you ‘Eva did set your choppers on!

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    • Reid Smith says:

      Foil toxic? I’d like to see your sources for that. Never saw anything to that effect. I’ve been eating corn grilled in foil 5 months of the year for 60 years. Probably 4 or 5 times a week. And toxic paper towels? Show me the evidence. You are paranoid my friend.

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  3. Andrea says:

    This was great! I was only grilling two cons for the hubby and I and it took 5 minutes each side. I did quarter turns instead of half flips. (First side 2.5mins., quarter turn clock or counterclockwise for another 2.5mins, etc.) My corn was very large so I did the full time.

    Thanks for the tip of the .

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