A quick and easy grilled corn on the cob recipe with golden corn rubbed with homemade Jamaican jerk seasoning and perfectly grilled. The best grilling side dish ever!
Fire up the grill, my friends. It's time for Grilled Corn on the Cob. I grew up in the Midwest, and we always look forward to corn season, when freshly picked corn is everywhere, from jam packed grocery store bins to roadside vegetable stands.
You can get corn on the cob anywhere near me this time of year, and I absolutely love it.
Corn on the cob is perfect for grilling. There are SO many different ways to make corn on the cob, but grilling is probably my very favorite. It is incredibly easy to strip away those outer corn stalks, rub down a few ears of corn with oil and your favorite seasonings, and toss them on the grill.
It really is one of the easiest, and most flavorful grilling side dishes you can get. Corn on the cob basically screams summer.
It's a great time of year, really, so comfortable, great sleeping weather, and the pepper garden is STILL exploding like crazy. But since we're grilling, I'm taking advantage of a recent concoction - Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.
I made a fairly large batch for making Jamaican Jerk Grilled Chicken Wings but I wanted to point out that jerk seasoning does not need to be relegated to only chicken. It's a truly versatile seasoning with a number of flavorful components. You can give many a dish a blast of this Caribbean awesomeness.
Think shrimp. Think vegetables. Think corn on the cob!
For this recipe, it is the uber grilling Midwest vegetable - Grilled Corn on the Cob. Where we live, cornfields abound. We ride our bikes through cornfields and I grew up right next to one.
Talk about adventures!
Cornfields have inspired many fictional stories for me, including a couple of published novels and a feature film that is currently in some form of pre-production (wish me luck!), but the best thing about cornfields is the CORN! I flat out love corn! If I ever move out of the Midwest, I think I might miss how available it is to us.
Let's talk about how we make this awesome grilled corn recipe, shall we?
Jerk Rubbed Grilled Corn on the Cob Ingredients
- 4 ears of corn, soaked in cold water for 1 hour - fresh sweet corn is awesome here
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Jamaican Jerk rub - Try my homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons Jamaican Jerk sauce, if desired - Store bought is fine, or try our recipe for Homemade Jerk Sauce
- Juice from 1 lime
Jerk Rubbed Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe Directions
First, heat grill to medium-high heat.
Remove the corn husks from the ears of corn and discard.
Rub the ears of corn down with olive oil. Make sure they are evenly coated.
Rub each ear of corn down with the Jamaican Jerk rub.
Grill the corn on the hot grill for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes or so, until they get a nice char and your corn turns a vibrant golden color.
Toss with the Jamaican Jerk sauce, if desired. They are absolutely delicious without this sauce, as the rub is huge on flavor. Adjust the seasoning with a bit of extra salt and pepper if you'd like.
Drizzle with freshly squeezed lime juice and serve them up!
Boom! Easy recipe, isn't it? Grilled corn on the cob is the perfect grilling side dish. It really doesn't get any better, especially with Jamaican jerk seasoning. I just love the stuff!
Grilled and roasted corn is the best.
Don't forget the extra squeeze of lime for a fresh citrus pop. Nothing fancy here, folks. Easy peasy! Serve it with whatever meats you're grilling.
Recipe Tips and Notes
- Soaking the Corn. You can skip the soaking if you'd like. Soaking corn on the cob for an hour helps add some moisture to the corn and helps to prevent flare ups on the grill. I often skip the soaking step to save time. The corn is always delicious Just don't overcook it.
- Other Seasonings. I LOVE this with my Jamaican jerk seasonings, but you can try this with any of your favorite seasoning blends. Taco seasoned grilled corn on the cob? Cajun? Yes! All would be super delicious.
- Do I Need to Remove the Corn Husks? Removing the outer husks isn't necessary, but the corn will grill up more quickly. You can grill them directly in the husks, then remove it after. I grill my corn on the cob both ways, but this is easier for seasoning and cooking time. For this recipe, remove the husks or at least peel back the husks before grilling.
That's it, my spicy food loving friends. I hope you enjoy your grilled corn on the cob. Great stuff! I know! Off to grab more corn for grilling.
Try Some of My Other Popular Recipes
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe
- Jamaican Jerk Marinade
- Elotes (Mexican Street Corn)
- Elotes Salad (Mexican Corn Salad)
- Cajun Corn Maque Choux
- Grilled Corn Salad
- Vinegar Coleslaw
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Jerk Rubbed Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Heat grill to medium-high heat.
- Remove the corn stalks from the ears of corn and discard. Rub the ears of corn down with olive oil. Make sure they are evenly coated.
- Rub each ear of corn down with the Jamaican Jerk rub.
- Grill the corn for 20 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes or so, until they get a nice char and your corn turns a vibrant golden yellow.
- Toss with the Jamaican Jerk sauce, if desired. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.
- Drizzle with freshly squeezed lime juice and serve them up!
NOTE: This recipe was updated on 5/13/20 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 10/6/15.