How To Smoke Corn – Adding Flavor To Your Favorite Dish

It is summertime here, and now that the smoker is doing some extra work, what better time is there to make some tasty side dishes while smoking our meat. Learning how to smoke corn is easy and rewarding.

Smoked Corn on the cob is a staple in our house and one of the most requested side dishes. It goes well with just about everything. Once you try it, you will never want to go back to boiling your corn on the cob again.

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How to smoke Corn on the cob

Quick Tips for Smoking Corn on the cob

  • Great item to make when your smoking something else
  • It can be smoked in different ways, so easy to adjust for whatever you are smoking
  • A lot of different flavors go great with Corn. Apple, peach, cherry, hickory, maple, and mesquite. Even combining a few works out nice.

What Is Needed For This Recipe

Smoked corn is fairly simple and doesn’t require much. You can make it as simple as you want and expand it from there.

  • Smoker/Grill
  • Fresh Corn on the cob
  • 1 stick Butter
  • Salt ( I use Kosher Salt)
  • Ground pepper

Picking Your Wood (Smoke Flavor)

Corn is one of the foods that taste good smoked in just about any type of wood. I have not used any wood types, yet that made the corn taste odd. Fruity woods such as Apple, peach, and cherry are excellent.

If I am just Smoking corn on the cob I normally choose apple or Cherry. Hickory, maple, and mesquite also are great choices. Combining is another great option( Hickory and Cherry) I have used a few different times. That’s the fun of experimenting.

Lately, I have been using Pit Boss Competition Blend a lot (Maple, hickory, and cherry wood) since it goes well with just about anything. I normally smoke 2-3 things simultaneously.

Get Your Smoker Up To Temp

This part of the Procedure can vary a lot. I normally smoke Corn between 225°-275° F. It all depends on what I am smoking. At 225°, I normally smoke the corn for around 70- 90 mins. At 275°, It is around 50 – 70 mins.

I am using a Pellet Smoker for the purpose of this recipe. Smoked corn can be smoked on an electric smoker or an offset smoker just as easily.

Smoked corn may even be done easily on a Grill as well, just got to set it up for indirect heat. ( question on how to let me know)

Getting The Corn Ready

When I grill Corn I will soak the corn in water for around an hour to help get some moisture in it.

I have found when Smoking though I have not needed to. If you fell you need to though go ahead.

Corn on the cob on cutting board How To Smoke Corn

First thing is to get your corn and all your ingredients.

Then we need to pull the husk back so we can get access to the corn. Don’t pull it all the way off just pull it down a little over 3/4 of the way. The goal is to pull the husk down as far as possible without tearing it off.

Corn thats been shucked
Washing corn

Then I try to get as much of the Silks off as I can. Do any clean up you like to do.

Now grab a cube of butter and rub it into the corn. Use any method you like. I prefer to grab a fresh cube from the fridge and rub the corn down with it. If you prefer, you can melt half a cube of butter or so and use a basting brush to apply it.

Appling butter to corn
corn with salt and pepper

Then as I slowly rotate the corn, I sprinkle Kosher salt on the corn. (Apply to your taste)

Then I repeat the process adding ground pepper. ( Once again apply to your taste)

Once seasoning is done. We pull the Husks back up over the corn.

Corn with Husk

Time To Get The Corn On The Smoker

My Pellet Smoker Is up to temp already. I actually Started some Chopped potatoes with bacon and onions on the Smoker 45 mins ago and just added some Chicken thighs about 15 mins ago. The Pellet smoker is currently set to 275° F. I like to go out and turn the corn every 15 mins.

I will let everything cook for 60 mins and take a look.

Corn,chicken and potatoes on smoker

Lets get it dished up

After an hour I pulled everything and started dishing up everyone plate.

Corn,Chicken and potato's on a plate

In Conclusion, you do have a little window from when you pull it. I just try to pull it before all the corn starts to wrinkle up to bad.

This simple little recipe will make it so you never want to boil corn again. After tasting this your taste buds won’t let you go back to boiled corn.

Comments or opinions on recipe are welcome. Love to hear your thoughts


How To Smoke Corn – Adding Flavor To Your Favorite Dish

This is a simple recipe that will make your corn pop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 155 kcal


  • Smoker
  • Grill


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 cub butter
  • 1 ¼ cup Kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cup ground pepper


  • Pull the husk back so we can get access to the corn. Don’t pull it all the way off just pull it down a little over 3/4 of the way.
    How to smoke corn-Pulling back husk
  • Then I try to get as much of the Silks off as I can. Do any clean up you like to do.
    How to smoke corn-cleaning off the Silks
  • Now grab a cube of butter and rub it into the corn.
    How to smoke corn-appling butter
  • Next sprinkle on your salt and pepper(recommend adding to your liking)
    How to smoke corn-appling salt and pepper
  • Then pull the husks back up and cover the corn the best you can
    How to smoke corn-Pulled up husks
  • Place on smoker at 275°F for 60 mins.
    How to smoke corn-Corn on the smoker
  • Then pull of Smoker peel off husks and serve. Normally best to let sit for a min to cooldown but not required
    How to smoke corn-Corn on a plate with chicken and potatoes


If your planning on cooking corn on a gas or charcoal grill. I you will need to soak corn for an hour before doing anything. It will help keep the corn from getting to dry
Keyword Smoke corn

Nutrition Information

Amount Per 100 grams 1 ear (146 g)
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat  3.4 g5%
* Saturated fat  1.6 g8%
Cholesterol  6 mg2%
Sodium 29 mg1%
Potassium  359 mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 32 g10%
Protein 4.5 g9%
Vitamin C11%
Vitamin B-615%

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