Grilled Sweet Corn

grilled sweet corn with butter and paprika

If you are looking for a quick and (very) easy side to serve at your next BBQ, why not go with grilled sweet corn. This has to be one of the easiest, an most popular BBQ sides ever. Not only is it easy to make, you really don’t need many ingredients either! Grilled corn at your next BBQ is sure to please.

Now, I should mention there are a few different ways to make grilled corn. Some people recommend keeping the husk on, while others say you must remove it. Well, what is the correct choice? To be honest, that depends on what exactly you are using the corn for. Let me break it down.

Grilled Corn. Husk On Or Off?

grilling corn without the husk

I’ll say straight away, in almost any instance I just grill corn after removing the husk. Yes, I know some people swear by leaving the husk on, but I’m anti-husk – and I’ll explain why.

If you grill corn with the husk on, it is more like steaming the corn than grilling. Why? Because the husk traps in the moisture, which turns to steam, which ends up cooking the kernels. Now some people say this makes the corn more plump and juicy – and they’re probably right. However that doesn’t make them more flavorful.

Grilling corn without the husk not only gives you a faster cook time, but it imparts more flavor as well. With the kernels directly on the grill, constantly getting licked by flames, you end up with a great barbequed cob with a good amount of smoky flavor (some smoke flavor depends on the chips you use). I recommend this method 10 out of 10 times, whether for eating directly on the cob, or using in something like my grilled corn salad.

So How To Grill Corn On The BBQ?

making grilled sweet corn on an outdoor bbq

Grilling sweet corn directly on the BBQ is super simple. Here’s what you do. Remove the husk and silk (that stringy part in between the kernels). Rub the corn in an oil that is able to handle high heat like avocado or canola. Then place directly onto the grate of a BBQ at medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes. Turn the cobs every 3-5 minutes to evenly cook all sides.

grilled sweet corn with butter and green onion on a chafing dish

Place the grilled sweet corn cobs onto a serving dish, top with a pat of butter, and sprinkle with some salt, paprika, and green onion. Of course, you can sprinkle with whatever seasonings you prefer, those are just my go-to choices. Enjoy your delicious BBQ side dish!

grilled sweet corn recipe

Grilled Sweet Corn

This easy recipe for grilled sweet corn on the BBQ makes a great side dish at your next outdoor get together!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, European, Latin American
Servings 4 people
Calories 209 kcal


  • Grill


  • 4 Corn Cobs
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Paprika (optional) to taste
  • Green Onion (optional)


  • Remove the husk and silk from your corn cobs. Just rip it off, you won't damage the corn.
  • Rub oil all over the de-husked corn cobs.
  • Place the corn cobs on a grill / BBQ on Medium-High heat for about 15 minutes, turning every 3-5 minutes for even cooking.
  • Remove from the grill and top with a pat of butter. Sprinkle with salt and paprika and green onion, or use your own seasonings that you enjoy.
Keyword Grilled Corn, Sweet Corn
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