Traeger Corn on the Cob
My new favorite way to prepare corn on the cob: on my Traeger. It’s literally the BEST and that’s saying a lot because I don’t really love corn on the cob. I like it but I don’t love it. But this corn? I love it big time.
A Traeger is sort of like a grill hybrid….. it’s less grill like (though totally a grill) and more like a big ‘ol smoker/convection oven. I’ve had a love/hate with it since replacing our grill last summer and it’s taken time for me to appreciate what it does. Once I stopped thinking of it like a grill and more like an oven, I’ve been much happier.
Note: I bought a small grill this week.
COOKING CORN ON THE TRAEGER
The two very best things to come off my Traeger are a whole chicken (I’ve now probably cooked at least a dozen of them…..seriously THE BEST) and cooking corn on the cob. Last time I cooked a chicken, I threw the corn on the last 20 minutes of cooking not really sure how it would turn out. It was out of this world. I couldn’t believe how good it was for something so simple. Funny how that works- so often the simplest things are the best things. And, not just in the kitchen….you feel me?
Let it be known that that if you have a Traeger and you’re not cooking your corn on it, change things asap.
HOW TO SEASON CORN FOR THE GRILL
You could use whatever oil and seasoning rub you have on hand- or even just use salt and pepper. I happen to be a big fan of the Traeger rubs (no, this isn’t sponsored) so that’s what I like to use. I’m also a huge fan of flavored olive oils. They’re just such an easy way to add flavor. I get mine at a local olive oil store- Mountain Town Olive Oil. Favorites are either garlic olive oil, lemon infused, or an herb infused one. I literally just drizzle a bit on the corn, rub it around evenly, and then give the corn a liberal sprinkle of spice blend. That’s it. Soooooo easy.
HOW LONG DO I COOK CORN ON A TRAEGER?
20 minutes at 350F degrees seems to be the sweet spot. There is no need to put it on a tray or wrap the corn in foil. Just put the corn directly on the grate, close the lid, and wait. I did heat up the grill a few weeks ago just to make corn but that was a first for me. Usually I’m roasting a beloved whole chicken or smoking some ribs for dinner so it’s a no brainer to throw the corn on at the end of cooking time. There is no real science here. Wing it at whatever temperature you already have your grill and add/subtract time until your corn is cooked but still has nice bite.
Just do it.
photos by Deborah DeKoff/ recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks
OTHER CORN RECIPESPrint
- 6–8 ears fresh corn, husks and silk removed
- olive oil to taste (about 2 tablespoons)
- your favorite rub (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
- Set grill temperature to 350 degrees.
- Rub corn with olive oil and season liberally with your favorite rub or spice blend.
- Place corn directly on the grill, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until corn is tender. Serve hot.
If you’re already cooking something else on the Traeger, simply put the corn on for the last 20 minutes of whatever else you’re cooking!