Best Way to Grill Corn

It is not just grilling time in the summertime, but corn is ready, soft and sweet, for harvest.

One of my favorite side dishes with meta on the grill is corn on the cob. For me, no Grill is complete without my corn on the Cobb.

So here I will be giving you some tips on grilling corn impeccably!

The Best Corn for Grilling

When it comes to grilling corn, the type of corn you use is very important.

I usually pick the freshest yellow sweet corn on the cob and look for corn with firm kernels when pressed and free of any blackened tassels.

Then there is also the issue of soaking or bringing the corn, as some people prefer, before grilling.

Soaking your corn in water before grilling helps to plump it and adds moisture, but you will need to soak it for a couple of days.

Likewise, soaking your corn in saltwater can take away some of the original flavors and sweetness.
So if you want to soak your corn in brine, I would recommend it for older and harder corn, not fresh corn.

Preparing the Corn

Some people swear by putting the entire corn, husk, and all on the grill; however, you stand the risk of the husk catching fire.

So I usually either opt for leaving some of the husks to cover the corn or wrap my corn in the foil.

If you want some char after the corn is cooked, you can remove the Foil or pull back some of the husks.

Either way, I usually add some salt to my corn and smear them with butter before pulling the husk back over the cor or wrapping them in foil.

Grilling and Serving Your Corn

  • Grilling the Corn – You can place your corn on high or medium heat over direct heat on the grill with either your husk covering the corn or a foil wrapping. The husk will become blackened, but the corn inside will remain soft and juicy.
  • How do I Know When The Corn Is Done – Finished corn will be a much darker and brighter yellow, and some kernels may be slightly charred. If you want to sear your corn, you can remove a large husk or foil and do so on high heat for a minute or not burn or dry out the corn.
  • Serving the Corn – You can now remove the corn from the grill, remove the husk or foil, and serve them. I prefer to salt and butter my corn before grilling to really get the flavor in there. However, you can also butter and salt afterward. For me, the only spices and trimmings needed on corn are butter and salt, as anything else interrupts the flavors.

After grilling corn, you may grill other types of food like burgers. It is the perfect food or snack for travel, picnic, etc. Here’s the best way to grill burgers.

Reviews: The Best Grill for Corn


I you are someone like me who enjoys entertaining large groups and a large family, with different food types on the grill, such as meat, corn, and other vegetables and tasty treats, then the Dyna-Glo is the perfect option for you.

  • There are a huge 686 square inch cooking grate and a stainless steel smoke stack with adjustable heat features.
  • The Dyna-Glo has a heavy-duty design for outdoor use, and you can get a custom fit cover for the Grill.
  • The Dyna-Glo also comes with a stand and wheel for portability and a lid.
  • There are side shelves for holding spices and food preparation and a storage basket.

In Conclusion

Grilling Corn is an easy task, and you have the option of using the foil or husk method, as well as trimmings before or after. Corn is a delicious side dish that I personally like to prepare with all my grilled meals.

About the Author

John Max

John Max is a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning specialist based out of Manhattan, NY. He received his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food studies from New York University. In addition, John also has years of practical food knowledge, and hands-on cooking led John to create this website and contribute his knowledge on healthy grilling techniques.