Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ways to Grill Corn

Ways to Grill Corn
  • Corn is probably one of the most amazing treats one can grill. It requires in some cases almost no preparation, no eating utensils, and when fresh, doesn't even need dressing. Over the course of countless BBQs, some lucky accidents, and even my travels, I have learned some pretty amazing recipes for grilled corn. Detailed in this entry are just a small sampling of what I have learned.
The Easiest Grilled Corn 
  • This is almost a cop-out, but when you want corn, and you hate prep, this recipe is perfect. Simply remove the husk from the cob and wrap the puppy in tin/aluminum foil. Grill for about 15 minutes; but of course that depends upon how hot the coals are. If you want to spice it a bit, rub the corn with butter and pepper prior to putting it on the grill - thus allowing the grill to be cooked a bit by the butter.
Grilled Corn au Naturel 
  • This is wonderful and also very easy, the result is something you don't encounter in the states very often. In fact the first time I had it was when my wife and I went to Oaxaca... but that is another story. In any event, remove the husk from the cob and place the corn on the grill. Don't be afraid to let parts of the corn get dark brown or even black. Cook for 8-14 minutes until golden brown. When you are done, dress the corn as you might normally: with butter. Or for a slightly different experience - slice a lime and rub the lime over the cob, then sprinkle chile powder, or better yet: Tony's.
Grilled Corn in the Husk
  •  This is my favorite, but is one of the more annoying to prepare... but it is well worth it. First, carefully  peel back each leaf of the husk - don't be too hasty and break or crack the husk! When the husk has been peeled back, remove the silk. Then rub melted butter all over the cob, and then one-by-one, "unpeel" the husk leaf-by-leaf. Tie the husk at the top of the corn with a string, and soak the cob in water (or better yet: MILK) for about 30 minutes. This is done so that the husk will not catch fire. Then place on the grill for about 15 minutes, or until cooked. Then enjoy.

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