Spiced Grilled Corn

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Grilled corn is a staple at BBQ potlucks and summer cookouts. This roasted corn recipe makes a delicious side to go with any grilled foods!

grilled spiced corn on the cob


Welcome to TSRI’s Summer Grilling Celebration!  We hope you had a great long weekend.  We had a fantastic barbeque with our favorite Southwestern flavors and some of our favorite people. 

Grilled corn is a staple at any of our grilling get-togethers.  Served along side Lil Texas Barbeque Sliders, this Spicy Grilled Corn is the perfect compliment.  

hamburger slider with bbq sauce and pickle

Spiced Grilled Corn

We love the flavor so much, I often use left overs to make Black Bean Corn Salsa and our Simple Mexican Skillet

soaking ears of corn for roasted corn recipe

The deep caramelized corn flavor is unsurpassed!  My dear friend Eric made this at a barbeque a few years ago, and every time we would have a barbeque, I would ask him to make the roasted corn recipe again. 

Well, sadly Eric moved away.  So, I had to put on my big girl pants and learn how to use the gas grill.  This Cajun corn really takes too long to make on a tabletop grill, and I don’t have the patience.

corn on the cob on the grill

Roasted Corn Recipe Tips

Play with the heat level and the spices until it suites you.  I am sure when I make this for my parents in a few weeks we will be using new spices (I have found a lot of Italians don’t like anything hotter than oregano).   I will let you know what I come up with.  Enjoy!

plate of spicy grilled corn


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plate of spicy grilled corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

Donna Elick
Grilled corn is a staple at BBQ potlucks and summer cookouts. This roasted corn recipe makes a delicious side to go with any grilled foods!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Grill
Servings 6


  • 6 ears corn, shucked and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Place corn in a large pot, add sugar and fill with water. Allow to soak for at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours.
  • Preheat grill to high 15 minutes before you are ready to use it. In a small bowl, melt butter (microwave for 15-30 seconds). Add salt and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  • Remove corn from water and place on a tray. Using a basting brush paint butter mixture on corn.
  • Place corn on grill, arrange so they are not touching.
  • Allow to grill for 3-5 minutes and then check for grill marks. Once corn is golden brown turn and place uncooked rows of kernels on grill. Using a grill basting brush, carefully apply a light coating of butter to the top of the corn. (BE CAREFUL: Applying too much butter can cause flair ups!!!) Repeat this until the corn is completely grilled.
  • Remove from grill and serve.

Donna’s Notes

Corn reheats well in microwave.
To reheat: cover with a paper towel or plate and microwave in 30 second increments until corn is warm to the touch.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 160cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 402mg | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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uncooked corn on the cob on tray
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  1. Size matters. I have an oversized pair of tongs and a metal spatula with a long handle I use for grilling to keep my fingertips away from the flames.

  2. I have always wanted to try this with the cayenne pepper. Yum! Hope you had a nice weekend too.

  3. Oh man, I had forgotten about Eric's awesome corn! They need to come back for a BBQ this summer!!

    You are cracking me up with the BBQ tools. Your hands wouldn't be nearly so hot with the over-sized tools in them. It's a trade off though, hot hands or awkward hands. I totally get it.

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