Skip to main content

Blogue FoodSaverMD

Article Image

How to Prep Corn for the Grill and Seal it After

  • Tips and How To's
  • Share

That grill isn't just for steaks and burgers. There are dozens of veggies you can char and serve at a barbecue, and one of the all-time favorites is corn on the cob. 

There are two ways to prep corn for the grill. It all comes down to whether you'd like to leave the corn husks on or not. The cobs will taste a little different by the end, too, so try each method out and see what you like.

With the Husk on
Don't just toss the whole ear onto the grill. Even though you're leaving those husks on, the cobs still need a little prep.

Roll back the husks to the base, but don't peel them off. You'll want to do this to pull out the silky fibers on the corn cob. Once those are removed, you can fold the husks back to their original place. Before placing on the grill, soak the ears in cold water for around 10 minutes, adding salt if you'd like. Preheat the grill to medium while you wait.

After soaking, put the cobs, husk and all, onto the grill and close the lid. Cook for around 20 minutes or until the corn is tender. Rotate each ear periodically for even heating. You can measure the tenderness of the kernels with a knife. Take them off the grill and voila!

No Husk, no Problem
If you don't mind a few charred spots on your corn, you can grill it up without the husks, too. Shuck the ears completely, removing the husks and the silky fibers.

If you don't mind char spots, grilling with the husks off is the way to go.If you don't mind charred spots, grilling with the husks off is the way to go.

Then, coat the cobs with a vegetable spray to prevent sticking. Preheat the grill to medium, just like you did for the unhusked cobs, toss on the ears and rotate periodically for around 10 minutes. You'll notice the sides gradually become a deeper yellow color before charring. Test tenderness with a knife and serve at your leisure.

Vacuum Seal the Leftovers
Don't fret if you grill up too much corn. The cobs can be vacuum sealed using your FoodSaver® Starter Kit. Pop the ears into a bag and vacuum it to help keep them fresh. Then, put them in the refrigerator for the next cookout if it's in the near future, or freeze them for a later day. Grilled corn cobs will last for months frozen.

Even better, reheating them is as easy as tossing the cobs into the microwave for a minute or two.