Knowing how to grill corn is something every pit or gill master should be able to master...
It's quick, very easy, and most importantly, tastes incredible.
Grilled corn is fantastic! Once you discover how to grill corn, you'll wonder why you cooked it any other way.
It's also a bit sexy and exotic, so lets get to it.
The most important thing to remember when grilling corn is this, fresh is best. Now that should go without saying; you should always use the freshest ingredients.
With corn this is especially important because the sugars in the corn break down with time and heat. This turns the corn into something that's pretty much tasteless.
Have you ever had corn on the cob and it didn't have that fresh, sweet taste of summer? It's because it was old and/or not refrigerated properly.
It's very important that corn goes from the stalk to your grill as soon as possible. Most authorities say corn will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. For the best results though, corn should be eaten within a day or two of harvesting...
If you go to the grocery store it can be hit or miss. The best place is a farmers market or a roadside produce or fruit stand. If you go to a fruit stand and can see corn fields behind the store, the corn was probably picked that morning. The growers at the farmers market usually harvest early that morning. This means fresh, sweet corn for you!
Remember, we want fresh corn, so here's a few easy things to look for:
Some people frown on peeling back the husk on the corn to take a peek. Some grocers and growers may get upset about it. I do this all the time and my take on it is this: if the corn is harvested at it's peak, most of the ears that are inspected by shoppers will be purchased. And, if I sold corn, I certainly wouldn't want to sell people corn with worms in it!
Note: You need to grill the corn over direct heat, at a low temperature, so it doesn't burn. If using a gas grill, turn all the burners on low to medium low. If using charcoal, use enough to form a single layer of coals with a little bit of space between them. In a standard kettle grill, use a large chimney starter that's a little over 3/4 full.
Total cooking time will be about 10-12 minutes depending on your fire. Don't overcook! Really fresh corn can be eaten without cooking so keep that in mind. You just want to heat the corn completely without it becoming mushy; when you know this, you know how to grill corn.
Laying the corn in the grooves of the grill grate keeps the side you want facing the heat. See the picture to the right.
Now that you know how to grill corn, I'm sure you be enjoying this exciting side dish often.
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