There are so many ways to cook corn on the cob – you can boil it, bake it, or grill it in foil. But I am a big believer that there is no better way than to cook corn on the cob than in their husks on the BBQ.
If you have never grilled corn before, it is a very simple process.
First, get a pot and fill it with water or, if you are doing many ears for a cookout, just use a clean bucket and fill it up with the hose. Take the first layer of husks off the corn and add the ears to the bucket. Let them soak for fifteen minutes or so. You are just trying to soak down the husks really thouroghly so they steam well when cooking. While you are soaking, be sure you are also pre-heating the grill.
Once soaked, open up all the ears leaving the husks on. Using one of those cooking brushes or a paper towel, lightly brush on a coat of olive oil. Just a real light coat is all you need. Then sprinkle on a bit of salt. Just a little to help with cooking, you and/ or your guests can season to taste later. The trick with the salt is NOT to use your generic old table salt. Use sea salt. It is really cheap and does wonders to your food. I buy mine at Trader Joes for about a buck.
Pull out all the corn silk stuff, then pull the husks back up and give the tips bit of a twist to seal them as best you can.
Place on the grill, but don’t let them touch. Turn the cobs every few minutes and cook until you see the outlines of kernels showing through the husks. To be absolutely sure they are done pull back the husks and look for a nice, golden color. Stab a few kernels with a fork or knife – if it feel soft then its good to go.
Peel back the husks for serving.
Need some ideas for spices?
Sea Salt, Pepper and Butter are all a must.
Garlic butter (pan fry a couple TBSP of minced garlic and stir it into a cup of butter with some basil)
Jalapenos (minced, or just the juice used as a rub for an extra kick)
Want more recipes? Visit the Food Network – I just saw a recipe there for Bacon Wrapped Corn. You can never go wrong with bacon.