You may be barbecuing in the backyard more and wondering how to grill the perfect steak or how to cook chicken in creative ways, but the most searched grilling question in America has nothing to do with meat. For a country that loves burgers and hot dogs, it may come as a surprise that the thing people want to know how to grill most is corn on the cob.
Corn is a household staple when it comes to side dishes. It can be cooked into everything from hearty casseroles to refreshing salsas, so it makes sense that Americans want to find a way to incorporate the fruit — which is often confused as a vegetable — into their summer cookout menu.
Luckily, grilling corn on the cob is quite easy. First, start by preheating the grill — failing to do so is a bad cooking habit you need to stop doing. Then, soak the corn in water for 10 to 15 minutes before grilling, as the moisture helps to steam the kernels.
After that, pull back the husk of the corn and remove the silk underneath. You can leave the husks on or off depending on your preference. But if you do choose to leave the husks on, make sure you get them wet first. Then place the corn on the grill and cook for about 20 minutes, rotating constantly.
Serve the dish alongside one of these incredible burger recipes or mix it up by combining some mayonnaise, paprika, sour cream and cheese to recreate grilled street corn, a Mexican dish you can make at home.
Once you have a solid grasp on how to cook corn, check out the answers to the most popular grilling questions across America.