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Have you ever made grilled corn on the cob in foil?   When we have a cookout, we like to try to spice things up a bit, especially when on vacation (like we are today!)  Burgers and hot dogs are great (the kids certainly love them!), but there’s more you can throw on the grill.

Here’s some inspiration for what you can prepare for your next cookout, whether it’s a night for enjoying a classic burger, a delicious steak, or having a fun clambake for your seafood-loving friends… or even a traditional cookout, like we’re having tonight.  Pair your dinner with our favorite Homemade Southern Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and you’re set! 

Cooking an ear of corn in foil

How to make grilled Corn on the Cob:

I like to cook the corn in the foil & then take it off just long enough to get a little bit of color.

Corn grilled on grill
I like to season the grilled corn and I have found two recipes that I like:

Two Seasoning Recipes for Grilled Corn on the Cob:

1).  Cilantro + Lime (a yummy grilled seasoned corn on the cob recipe with a little lime juice for added flavor!) 

On each piece of corn, spread 1-2 Tablespoons of butter onto it.   Now you can sprinkle it with parmesan cheese or add a little minced fresh cilantro (my favorite!).  Squeeze a tiny bit of lime on top.

2). Garlic + Thyme (Another yummy one!) 

Mix butter, garlic, thyme salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.   Rub about 1 Tablespoon of the mixture on each ear of the corn.  Sprinkle with a little parmesan & parsley.


the best Grilled corn on the cob in foil

Directions for Grilled Corn:

  • Take your corn and pull back the husks and peel the entire husk off.  Some people like leaving the husks on to grill the corn in the husks, but I’d rather take them off.
  •  Remove the silk from it.  (This is a great activity for your kids.  Our kids actually ask me if they can ‘peel the corn’ for me, so I send them onto the porch with corn, a large bowl, and a garbage can.)
  • Rinse it well with the cold water.
  • You can either leave them big or cut each piece in half.
  • Season with one of the seasoning recipes found above.  You can even leave it plain and just season it with a little butter, salt & black pepper.  One of my friends even likes to season it with cayenne pepper.
  • Now wrap the corn (each piece individually) in aluminum foil.
  • Grill the corn for 15 to 20 minutes (you will want to place them in high heat – around 350-400 degrees)
  • Optional: You can take it off, unwrap it and place the corn back on (without the foil) for a minute longer, to let it get the grill marks. 
  • Serve it immediately.  This is always a family favorite!

You can add a little fun with these adorable corn-on-the-cob holders!

Corn on the cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Wrapped in Foil

Here is the finished product if you used the seasonings that I mentioned above (I do this for 1/2 of the corn because my husband and I love it this way, but our kids prefer it plain).

A close up of food, with Cook and Corn on the cob

When you’re done with your grill, just roll some foil sheets together and scrub the grill grates clean of any leftover grease and build-up.

You can also cook corn it in a cooler with these directions: 

  1. Shuck your corn.
  2. Place in a clean cooler.
  3. Pour two pots of boiling water over the corn.
  4. Close the lid
  5. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Drain cooler (do not open lid).
  7. It is warm & ready to eat for 2-3 hours. (perfect for a picnic)

A bowl of food on a table, with Cook and Corn on the cob

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I’m pinning it so we can try it at our weekly family BBQ! YUM!

  2. Okay, I’m going to go ahead and say that I can’t ever seem to grill corn on the cob for some reason. I’m going to pin this honestly. I’m a country girl, I gotta get a grip here! 🙂

  3. Hi Becky. I was wondering how much thyme salt to add, tsp, tbsp? Do you use real garlic or garlic powder? These ingredients sound amazing on corn