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BBQ Corn Ribs with Smokehouse Mayo

March 3, 2021
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BBQ Corn Ribs Recipe

I saw it on Tiktok and I new I had to make BBQ Corn Ribs. And Even though they look and taste nothing like ribs they do taste like fantastic corn on the cob.

Seasoned with my favorite bbq dry rub seasoning and roasted in the air fryer until tender sweet deliciousness. Zigzag with spicy smokehouse mayo and sprinkled with queso fresco cheese.

This corn rib recipe is gonna be stiff competition for my other corntastic recipes Like Bacon Gouda Corn Casserole, Corn & Avocado Summer Salad and Peach & Corn Salsa

Id be lying if I didn't roll my eyes the first time I saw this viral Tiktok recipe but I kept an open mind and figured Id give it a try. Boy am I glad I did. These corn ribs are fun to eat and kids go crazy for them.

Not only are they kid friendly but you don't have to watch your kids take three bites of an ear of corn and leave the rest untouched.

Corn Ribs are perfectly portioned for even the little ones and fun to eat for adults.

How to Eat Corn Ribs?

You eat corn ribs just like you would an ear of corn. Hold it by both ends and eat the kernels leaving the husk to be discarded.

BBQ Corn Ribs Recipe Video

Why are they Called Corn Ribs?

Im sure this is vegan propaganda trying to convince a carnivore that they can make corn taste just like ribs. Its a common move straight from the vegan playbook.

While I admit that when you cook the corn ribs they slightly curl resembling a rib and the seasoning are reminiscent of commonly use bbq flavors, I assure you this will not take the place of a slow smoked Rack of Pork Ribs.

That Said its a clever name and Ill play along as long as we know that Im serving these right along side a rack of baby backs and no one will get confused as to which is which.

How to Cut Corn Ribs

WARNING!!! Be careful, I have over 20 years professional cooking experience in restaurants and I almost chopped off my finger.

I used a cleaver, then a chef knife but I found that my sharp wood handled paring knife was the safest and easiest way to cut these "ribs".

Start by cutting off both ends of the ear of corn then use the paring knife starting in the center and cutting towards the end all the way though the corn.

Next rotate and cut though the other side cutting the corn into 2 pieces. then repeat the process with the 2 halves giving you 4 corn ribs while still having all 10 of your fingers...hopefully

Corn Ribs in the Air Fryer

This recipe is most commonly made in the air fryer. Its easy and you don't have to heat u the kitchen by running your conventional oven.

Simply toss the corn ribs in oil then season with dry rub then roast in the air fryer at 375 degrees F. for about 10-12 minutes.

If you have an air fryer oven with racks be sure to rotate the racks half way through the cooking process.

Corn Ribs in the Oven, Grill and More

If you don't hav an Air Fryer don't you worry. You can make corn ribs in the oven on a sheet pan just the same as you would the air fryer.

If you have a cooling rack to elevate the corn ribs to let the air flow cook the ribs evenly. You can also place the corn ribs on the grill and cook them quickly.

Lightly char them on both sides then move them to indirect heat for a few additional minutes and they will be delicious

How to Make Smokehouse Mayo

Theres nothing complicated about this sauce but it sure is tasty. You can use smokehouse mayo as a dipping sauce with chicken and shrimp or serve it with veggies.

Its a sauce that everyone loves so I make it often. All you need is 2 ingredients: Duke's Mayonnaise and BBQ Sauce.

The Duke's Mayo is nonnegotiable!! I'll allow you to use any bbq sauce you like but I won't budge on the mayo.

Simply whisk together 3/4 cup Duke's Mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce. if the sauce seems a bit thick add a tbsp of water to thin it out.

I store the smokehouse mayo in a squeeze bottle but it never lasts long before Im making another batch.

More Summertime Side Dishes you Need to Make!!!

BBQ Corn ribs topped with smokehouse mayo and queso fresco

BBQ Corn Ribs

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Budget Friendly
Keyword: Corn ribs, Smokehouse mayo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 261kcal


  • Air Fryer


Smokehouse Mayo


  • Cut both ends off of the shucked ears of corn then CARFULLY cut the corn on the cob into 4 "ribs" lengthwise. Toss the corn ribs with avocado oil then season with bbq dry rub
  • Place the corn ribs in the air fryer. If using a basket style be sure to not overcrowd the basket. If you have an oven style air fryer just space out the corn ribs evenly between the two racks
  • Cook the ribs at 375 Degrees F for 10-14 minutes until the corn slightly curls and the kernels begin to look roasted. If using a oven style air fryer rotate the racks half way through the cooking process.
  • Prepare the smokehouse mayo by combining dukes mayonaisse and bbq sauce. If the mixture seems too thick add a tbsp of water as needed. Transfer to a queeze bottle and refrigerate
  • Once the corn ribs are fully cooked plate them up and drizzle the smokehouse mayo over the ribs then top with queso fresco and cilantro.


You'll have plenty of extra smokehouse mayo for dipping and drizzling. 
Serving size is 1 ear of corn with 1 tbsp of smokehouse mayo


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Corn Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 365mg16%
Potassium 290mg8%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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