Saturday, September 5, 2020

Smoked Corn on the Cob + Video

Smoked corn on the cob has amazing flavor, unlike any other corn you've eaten before! Put away the Instant Pot and make this smoker recipe!

Smoked Corn on the Cob buttered and peppered on a tray
There are so many easy smoker recipes that you can try. I am always surprised at how versatile a smoker is to use.

If you haven't already tried my other smoker recipes, be sure to try my Smoked Baked Beans. These tender baked beans with bacon are the perfect side dish!

And, you've got to try my Smoked Chicken Quarters recipe if you haven't made it yet. They are juicy and tender on the inside with crispy skin on the outside.

Ingredients for corn on the cob in the smoker

What You'll Need for Smoked Corn on the Cob

Of course, you will need your smoker and your favorite flavor of wood chips to make this recipe. You will also need a large pot of water to soak the corn in. This prevents the corn from drying out.

What type of wood chips are best for smoking corn?

Any flavor of wood chips will work well with this recipe. But, applewood smoke is a nice pairing with chicken.

Other options include peach, cherry, hickory, mesquite, and maple.

Remember to try a variety of different types because when you smoke foods, they take on the flavor of the wood chips you use.

Husks pulled back on corn

Should the husks be removed or left on?

I gently pull back the husks and carefully remove the silk when I'm preparing this recipe. Then, I fold the husks back over the corn to cover them before placing the cobs in the smoker.

You don't have to cover the corn with the husks if you don't want to. Another option is to fold the husks back and tie them with twine to make a handle.

Or, you can remove the husks completely before you put them in the smoker. It will have a beautiful golden color that's infused with the flavor of your wood chips.

Does the corn need to be washed or soaked?

I like to soak the ears for at least an hour and preferably overnight before I place it in the smoker. This helps prevent your kernels from drying out while it's smoking.

You don't need to wash the corn before you prepare it. But, you certainly can if you want to.

Corn on the cob getting ready to brush with butter

How can I store leftovers?

If you have leftovers, you can simply wrap them in foil and place them in the refrigerator. They will stay good for up to five days that way.

Or, if you want to freeze your leftovers so that they last longer, you can do that as well. Wrap them in foil first and label them with a marker.

You can keep them for up to four months this way. When it's time to reheat them, just let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Then, when you want to reheat your corn, unwrap the corn and add a teaspoon of water along with some salt and pepper. Wrap it back up and reheat it at 350F for five to seven minutes.

Corn on the cob with husks pulled back over

Serving suggestions

I use simple seasonings of butter, kosher salt and pepper on our corn. But, you can add additional seasonings or even dried herbs to the butter mixture to make it your own!

There are plenty of other seasoning possibilities too. Here a few ideas:
  • parmesan cheese
  • dried red pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • smoked paprika
  • a dash of white sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice

Smoked corn on the cob finished cooking

There are many different things that you can serve with smoked corn on the cob. It makes the perfect side dish for your favorite grilled meats and summer salads.

Of course, this smoked corn on the cob also goes well with Sunday dinner. So, you've got to try it when you make these recipes:


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How to smoke corn on the cob (Video)

If you'd like to watch us make this easy smoker recipe, just check out the video and watch the entire process from start to finish.

Yield: 4
Author: Donna Elick
Smoked Corn on the Cob

Smoked Corn on the Cob

Smoked corn on the cob has amazing flavor, unlike any other corn you've eaten before! Put away the Instant Pot and make this smoker recipe!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 1 hourTotal time: 1 H & 5 M


  • 4 ears of corn, husks on
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper


  1. Gently pull back the husks on the ears of corn. Remove the silks. Place the husk back on.
  2. Soak the ears of corn in water for at least one hour, up to overnight. This helps prevent the corn from drying out.
  3. While the corn is soaking, make the butter by mixing together the softened butter, salt, and pepper. When the corn is done soaking, gently pull the husks back and brush the corn with the butter mixture all over. Replace the husks.
  4. Preheat the smoker to 225°F. Place the ears of corn directly on the grates and smoke for 45 minutes, up to 1 hour, to your desired tenderness. Serve with more butter, salt, and pepper if desired.
  1. You can add additional seasonings or herbs to the butter mixture to make it your own!

Originally published September 2020

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