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Smoked Corn On The Cob

Smoked Corn On The Cob – an easy summer side dish using fresh corn. Smoking adds so much flavor and takes it to a whole new level!

I love summer when I can fire up the grill or smoker and cook an entire meal outside. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with side dishes that you can make outside, but knowing how to make Baked Potatoes on the grill is a staple in my summer menu. Or just throwing on fresh vegetables to make this Grilled Zucchini can be a life saver.

But this smoked corn on the cob is something else. It cooks in about an hour, so you can put it on and the end of your cook time if you are making Smoked Baby Back Ribs or something else and you will get a delicious side dish to go with your meal.

3 ears of corn on a cutting board

 

I grew up in the Mid-West, where there is a farm stand on every corner selling fresh corn in the summer. My mom always made it in the pressure cooker, so Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is my go-to. But this version of smoked corn on the cob, gives it such a different flavor and it goes with just about anything else you are cooking outside.

Can You Smoke Corn On The Cob

Absolutely, you can and it is darn tasty if you do! Cooking it on the smoker gives is just a hint of smoke flavor that is very different than any other corn you have had before.

silks removed and corn ready to soak

How To Smoke Corn On The Cob

  1. The first step is to peel back the husks and remove all the fine hairs that are on the corn.
  2. Pull the husk back up around the corn and place in a large pot of water to soak for a minimum of 1 hour up to overnight.
  3. Remove the corn from the water, and gently peel back the husks. Dry off the corn and then rub with a little vegetable oil or butter.
  4. Place on the smoker and cook for about 60 minutes.
  5. When they are done cooking, remove the husks and serve with more butter, salt, pepper, or whatever spices you enjoy.
corn on the cob going on the smoker

Why Do You Soak Corn Before Grilling

Soaking the corn in the husk before you put it on the grill or smoker helps it to not dry out. When you are smoking it, you are only cooking it around 250º-275º F, but that is hot enough that if you don’t it can get a little dry.

This is slightly more important when you are grilling the corn at a higher temperature, but to get the corn tender it stays on the smoker long enough this helps it stay nice and juicy.

smoked corn on the smoker

Husks or No Husks

I really think that is personal preference. Either way the corn is going to take on the smoke flavor, it is more of how charred or browned you want it to be. If you take the husks off, the corn will have a smoky color to it, but it will taste almost identical to having the husks on. So it really is up to you!

How Long To Smoke Corn

It takes about 60 minutes on a 275º F smoker to get the corn nice and tender and full of that great smoky flavor. If you like your corn a little crunchier, you can cook for 45 minutes.

corn on the cob on a cutting board

Recipe Tips

  • Mix up the flavor! This is a very basic recipe that teaches you the technique on how to cook it. But how you want to flavor it, is entirely up to you! Mix together paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt with the butter or oil to rub on the corn. There are lots of options to enhance the flavor!
  • I use a wide variety of wood chips when I make this corn. It really depends on what else I am smoking when I throw it on. Apple, Cherry, Oak, a blend, or Mesquite if you really want a strong flavor.
  • Soak the corn in the husk. I know this seems like a pointless step, but it really does lead to juicier better tasting corn. It tends to dry out a little when you skip this step. You can do as short as 1 hour, or as long as overnight if that works better for your schedule.
close up of smoking corn on the cob

More Recipes For The Smoker

Yield: 4

Smoked Corn On The Cob

close up of smoked corn on the cob on a cutting board

Smoked Corn On The Cob - an easy summer side dish using fresh corn. Smoking adds so much flavor and takes it to a whole new level!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 8 hours 1 second
Total Time 9 hours 5 minutes 1 second

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil or softened butter

Instructions

    1. Peel back the husks (do not remove) and remove all the fine hairs that are on the corn.
    2. Pull the husk back up around the corn and place in a large pot of water to soak for a minimum of 1 hour up to overnight.
    3. Preheat smoker to 275º F.
    4. Remove the corn from the water, and gently peel back the husks. Dry off the corn and then rub with a little vegetable oil or butter.
    5. Place on the smoker and cook for about 60 minutes.
    6. When they are done cooking, remove the husks and serve with more butter, salt, pepper, or whatever spices you enjoy.

Notes

Mix up the flavor by adding spices to the butter or oil before you brush on before smoking. Chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt is a great combo

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 132Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 8mgSodium 24mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 3g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Erik

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Loved this! Thanks for all the great tips.

Beth

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

We love this way of cooking our corn! Such an easy and very tasty side for dinner! The flavor is so tasty and very savory, so excited to make this again!

Claire

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

This is my favorite! Thank you for this!

Catalina

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

This is my kid's favorite treat! I will definitely try this new way to make it!

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