Nothing tastes sweeter or goes better with barbecue than corn on the cob. Not that corn on the cob is the only great side dish for barbecue meals. No, this amazing vegetable goes great with just about any type of dish you can imagine, and when it’s grilled, the taste and texture are out of this world. If you want to experience perfect grilled corn on the cob, then you must know the ins and outs of how to barbecue corn on the cob with husk and how to make sure it’s juicy, succulent, and delicious from start to finish. However, there is an art to barbecuing corn on the cob with the husk. In order to make your corn on the cob shine at your next barbecue, follow these tips below.
Be selective in selecting your ears of corn
Grilling perfect corn begins with selecting the best ears available. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that has a farmers market with beautiful locally grown corn or you have a small garden that you’ve fussed over all summer long and now have harvested some perfect and prize-winning ears of corn, then you’ve already won half the battle. What you’re looking for is corn that has been harvested within one to two days. Sweet Corn that sits longer than three days after harvesting can lower the sugar to starch ratio which can affect the taste and texture of the corn. Look for corn that is full and plumb to the touch. The silk coming out of the top of the corn should be slightly sticky, numerous, and golden-pale in color.
How to barbecue corn on the cob with husk 101
Now that you have selected the perfect ears of corn, the next is to soak the ears of corn in water for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Remove husk and silk
After soaking the corn, gently remove three or four of the outer layers of husk. Leave enough layers of the husk to protect the corn as it cooks. Pull down the remaining layers of husk and remove as much of the silk beneath it. Keep the extra layers of husk for tying off the corn before grilling.
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With most of the silk removed and the corn exposed, now is the time to add a little extra flavor to your corn. You can season your corn with butter, rosemary, garlic, salt, or any combination that you love or see fit. Once your corn is well seasoned, close up the husks and tie off the ends with the extra husks you removed earlier.
Grill to perfection
Place the corn on an area of the grill that is not too hot. Cooking time should be from 10 to 15 minutes on a medium to medium-high heat. Try not to handle the corn too much because the husk can become tender while cooking and could fall off. As long as you don’t burn off the husk or cause them to fall off, your corn will cook to perfection. The longer you leave them on the grill, the greater the smokey flavor will be. Once done, remove from the grill, peel off the husk, and enjoy.