One of the greatest treats of summertime is shucking fresh ears of corn and preparing the cobs to be eaten. Most often, this happens by boiling them in a pot on the stove, but grilling is another option. Since so much cooking during the summer months is done outside on the grill, why not prepare corn in that way too? It’s a tasty variation that may both surprise and delight your dinner guests. There are two primary methods of grilling corn: in aluminum foil and in the husks. Here are instructions for both.

In order to grill corn in aluminum foil, you first need to husk the corn as you normally would, removing all of the outer coverings, including the silk attached to the corn. Some people prefer to immediately wrap this corn in aluminum foil. Place each corn cob diagonally across a square section of foil and roll it around the corn after adding in some spices, such as garlic, nutmeg and salt, to enhance the flavor. Others recommend soaking the corn for about 20 minutes in a pot of cold water, making certain that they are completely immersed. When you take them out of the water, shake them around a bit to get rid of any extra water.

Before you put the ears of corn in the water or wrap them in foil, it’s time to put the grill on medium heat. Next, brush the corn with butter or olive oil before putting it on the grill, which will still be on medium heat. Rotate the corn periodically, and let it remain on the grill for 15 or 20 minutes. Pay attention to the timing, since leaving it on too long will result in soggy corn.

If you plan to grill your corn in the husks, then you need to remove about half of the outer layers. Soak the corn, husks and all, in cold water for about 15 minutes. Shake the corn to remove any extra water you might have. At this point, peel the husks back and get rid of any silk inside. This is when you should add your herbs if you are so inclined. Then pull the husks back up and secure them in place with a bit of twine. Rotate the corn on the grill, then move it away from direct heat and close the lid, letting it sit there for about 15 minutes. Once the kernels begin to darken, it’s a good sign that the corn is ready.

Whichever method you use, be very careful when removing the corn from the grill, as it will be very hot. Unwrap the corn and rinse it off if there are ashes that have gotten inside. Serve it to your guests, and prepare to get a lot of compliments! Fresh corn is delicious no matter how it is prepared, but grilling it adds extra zest that your company is sure to appreciate.

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