Grilled Corn 3

I’m a big fan of cooking corn on the grill.  I’ve tried grilling it in the husk, in tin foil with butter/garlic/herbs, and I’ve done it naked.  The corn was naked, not me.  At the First Annual Grillin’ Fools Backyard BBQ Bash it was suggested to me that I smoke the corn by the Smoke N Pigs team, so I gave it a shot.

I took my standard corn basting butter from the naked corn post and used it here.


1.3 sticks of salted butter
1 tsp of dried tarragon
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tbsp of minced garlic

For a vegan meal, substitute an infused olive oil for the butter sauce.

This is enough for four ears of smoked corn.

Prior to grilling, combine the ingredients in a small sauce pan and melt the butter:

Butter Sauce1

Butter Sauce 2

Next, set up the grill for indirect grilling. Charcoal on one side, nothing on the other. Preferably put the charcoal, and the subsequent smoke wood, on the side without the chimney (if your grill comes with one) so the smoke has to travel across the corn on its way out of the grill chamber.

Looking for grilling temperatures between 275-300.  Once my temps leveled off, I added a couple chunks of apple wood to the coals.

Place the shucked corn on the side without the coals and brush with the butter/garlic/herb concoction. Rotate the corn 180 degrees every 15 minutes, slathering with the butter sauce each time.

This is the smoked corn at 15 minutes.  It’s starting to brown nicely:

Grilled Corn 1

At 30 minutes, the smoked corn has browned even more:

Grilled Corn 2

Time to hit it with more butter sauce:

Grilled Corn 3

At 60 minutes the smoked corn looked like this, so I pulled it from the grill and served it:

Grilled Corn 4

Despite how dark the corn looked, after four different people tried it, the consensus was that the smoked corn could’ve stayed on longer so the corn gets even crunchier and chewier because the darkest kernels were the best.

Give this a try to shake up the old stand by corn recipes. I will be doing this again very soon. Also, if you have any different herb combinations for the butter sauce, I’d love to hear them.  I’d also be willing to bet that using the smoked corn kernels sliced off the cobs in other recipes could take those recipes to another level.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

If you are interested in other vegetarian dishes, click here, or side dishes, click here.

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5 from 1 vote

Apple Wood Smoked Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob, smoked and slathered in a herb butter sauce
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 3


  • 12 tbsp salted butter ( stick)
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4 ear corn shucked and silks removed


  • Combine the ingredients except for the corn in a small sauce pan and melt the butter
  • Set up the grill for indirect/two zone grilling with charcoal and smoke wood on one side and nothing on the other
  • Looking for grilling temperatures between 275-300
  • Place the shucked corn on the side without the coals and brush with the butter/garlic/herb concoction
  • Rotate the smoked corn 180 degrees every 15 minutes, slathering with the butter sauce each time
  • After 1 hour and 15 minutes, and five brushings of the butter sauce, remove the smoked corn from the grill and serve


Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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5 stars
Fantastic recipe. It is easy to do and my entire family was wishing I had done more corn. Thanks!!!!!


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