For each cob you need to cook, tear off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap the cob in. Lay out all the foil on the counter. Clean your cobs to get rid of all the stringy pieces and soak them in cold water for about 20 minutes.
After soaking, dry them off a bit with a paper towel and place each cob on its own piece of foil. Rub each cob all over with softened butter (use cooking gloves if you don't like the bare hand approach).
Next, sprinkle on some sea salt and black pepper. I sometimes sprinkle on a little seasoned salt too. Then using your hands, rub seasonings into each cob. Fold up long sides of foil over cob and crinkle it down, smoothing around the cob. Twist off each end of foil.
Place wrapped cobs on your grill over medium heat and cook 3 - 4 minutes each side, roll them 1/4 turn after each period. Cook for a total of 12 - 16 minutes. Remove from heat and let stay in foil until you are ready to eat.
This method is especially good with sweet corn and is the absolute best taste and texture for corn on the cob that I've ever had. I'll never boil corn again.
Source: I've known about wrapping in foil for many years - good ole camping way to cook corn on the cob outdoors, but I never was sure just how long to cook the cobs. I finally experimented with seasonings etc after years of boiling or trying to grill corn and not being pleased with the results - boiling can overcook it and grilling can burn it.
By Corine from Stafford, VA
You can also pull back (not remove) the shucks, remove the silk, season the cobb, replace the shucks and grill. The shucks naturally keep the moisture in so no soaking neccessary ;-)
An even easier method is to leave the corn in the husks just trim the tassel as close as possible. Grill for 10-14 minutes. When you're ready to eat, pull off the shuck (the silk comes with it, much easier than when raw). Add butter or your favorite topping and enjoy.
My new favorite is to clean it, then butter, and salt and pepper it, wrap in foil. Throw it on the grill for about 15 min, turning 1 time. My friend's and family's new favorite. I'm trying it your way next.
Here's even simpler: Soak corn (without removing tassels) in a clean sink or bucket for a few hours. Place on grill and turn after about 10 min. or until it starts to turn black. Take off grill, pull back the shuck and the silk just falls off with it! Season with salt, pepper, and butter and it's ready to eat! I've done this for years and never had a bad experience! It also keeps well for another day--just pop it in the microwave for a few minutes.
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