See how easy it is to smoke corn with this Pellet Grill Corn on the Cob recipe, perfect for those summer cookouts!
Made with fresh local corn on the cob and topped with Old Bay Seasoning, honey, and butter, this corn is like nothing you’ve tasted before.
Travel by tastebud when you take a bite with this easy-to-make smoked corn on the cob that comes out perfectly tender every time.
Pellet Grill Corn on the Cob Recipe
It’s Summertime and the smoker is out – you’ve been throwing down meats left and right, but today, we will smoke the ultimate side dish!
Made with fresh corn, this buttery smoked corn topped with Old Bay Seasoning and Honey will be the talk of the Fourth of July.
Making smoked corn on the cob is easy, incredibly tasty, customizable, and the perfect recipe for those looking to get started with smoking who’ve never done it before.
Ingredients for Pellet Grill Corn
Corn: For this recipe, I used 8 ears of corn on the cob. If you can stop by a local farm stand or farmers’ market to support small businesses and local farmers with the freshest local corn. If not, you can find corn in your local grocery store.
Toppings: Top off your smoked corn with incredible flavors! I say these are optional in the recipe card, but if you want to make corn that people talk about, you don’t want to miss out on topping off your corn with1 tbsp of Old Bay Seasoning, 1 tbsp of butter, and 1 tbsp of honey.
For cooking: 1 tbsp of avocado oil.
How to Make Smoked Corn on the Cob
Preheat the grill. Preheat the pellet grill to 350 degrees F.
Clean the corn. Shuck the corn on the cob and rinse under cold water to remove any silk. Pat the corn dry and brush with a light coat of oil.
Cook the corn. Place the corn on the cob on the grill for about 30 minutes. At this point, you can brush on any compound butter or add seasoning of choice. Cook for another 5 minutes, then remove and serve.
Smoked Corn Recipe Variations
Customize your smoked corn on the cob every time and never get bored! Below are some of my favorite flavor combinations and variations!
Mexican Inspired Corn. Swap out your ingredients and use butter, cilantro, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, fresh lime juice, and cotija cheese. Looking to make Elote-inspired corn on the cob? Add mayonnaise.
Jalapeno and butter. Looking to keep it simple, but want to turn up the heat? Lather in butter and some jalapeno juice for a kick. Really looking to take it up a notch, make your own jalapeno butter and sprinkle some chopped jalapenos on top before serving.
Zesty Smoked Corn. Use butter, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, and lime.
Bacon Corn on the Cob. Everything is better with bacon, and that includes corn on the cob. Top off your buttery corn with some smoked bacon bits before serving for those meat lovers!
What to Serve with Smoked Corn on the Cob
Serve up your smoked corn with Summer favorites like Smoked Baby Back Ribs With Bang Bang Sauce, Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger on the Grill, Pellet Grill Smoked Tri Tip, or even Grilled Ribeye Steak Sub!
If seafood is more your flavor, consider making Maryland Style Smoked Crab Cakes!
How do you remove the corn husks?
You might notice in this recipe, I shuck the corn before cooking, and that is because the husk is not needed to smoke corn.
To remove the husks, you are going to peel back the corn husks, and depending on how many you are making, this might take a while, so get comfortable.
Once you are done peeling everything back, throw it out!
Now you need to remove the silks or silk of the corn aka the stings. You can use a brush or your fingers. Either way, get all of it or as much off as possible.
When you are done, throw it all away so the only thing you have left is a nice piece of corn waiting to get smoked!
Do you have to steam the corn before smoking it?
I don’t, but I know some people do. I believe giving it a rinse under cold water is enough, but you do what is right for you.
If you have a quality smoker, it will cook the corn evenly so steaming beforehand won’t make a difference.
What are the best wood chips for smoking corn?
I’m a big advocate for using blends because I don’t like having to swap out and clean out wood chunks every time I want to smoke something.
However, if you are looking for something more flavor-pointed, I’d recommend looking into using apple, cherry, or hickory wood chips.
More Summertime Smoker Recipes
Pellet Grill Corn On The Cob
- 8 Ears Corn on the Cob
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
- Preheat the pellet grill to 350 degrees F.
- Shuck the corn on the cob and rinse under cold water to remove any silk. Pat the corn dry and brush with a light coat of oil.
- Place the corn on the cob on the grill for about 30 minutes. At this point, you can brush on any compound butter or add seasoning of choice. Cook for another 5 minutes then remove and serve.