How To Grill Sweet Corn Over The Campfire


There are usually not many campfire recipes that begin and finish within the produce part and change into a fundamental course! Grilled veggies, fruit … heck something … and particularly campfire corn on the cob … is taken to new ranges of flavordom (sure, I do know this isn’t an actual phrase) with the char of campfire coals.

Campfire Corn On The Cob by CampingForFoodies features three ears of charred sweet corn on the cob with slightly charred husks pulled away from the cobs and stacked on a white plate. Basil butter is melting over the hot corn set outside on a sunny day with a dense green forest in the background.
Campfire Corn On The Cob by CampingForFoodies

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Corn On The Cob Campfire Recipe

This cooking contemporary corn within the husk approach works on a BBQ grill with charcoal too however why not get a bit extra adventurous than that?!?! I’m guessing you’ll love, Love, LOVE the flavour of the char versus boiling the dear kernels of summer time enjoyable. 

This recipe serves 4 however is solely scaled up if you happen to want simple tenting meals for big teams.

Its additionally nice to scale all the way down to make tenting meals for 2 or solo campers.

And, when it’s in season (peak is May via September), candy corn is tremendous low-cost and available in grocery shops, native farmer’s markets and yard gardens which is nice if you end up cooking for giant teams!

5 Easy Steps For Cooking Corn On A Campfire

You’ll be consuming campfire corn all summer time lengthy if you happen to do that simple approach for grilling candy corn within the husk!

There are 5 easy steps to roasting corn over a campfire or a charcoal grill.

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Step 1: Remove silk.

Pull again the husks sufficient to get the entire annoying threads out of there. Otherwise you may be flossing your enamel on the identical time you might be consuming the corn. LOL

Step 2: Soak in water.

Fold the husks again across the corn and soak them in chilly water for about half-hour. You need the corn to steam contained in the husks earlier than the husks dry out and start to burn.

The dimension of the gang you might be feeding and the variety of ears of corn you must soak will decide the container bucket dimension obligatory for soaking.

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Step 3: Grill on medium.

Drain extra water earlier than grilling, then, place ears in a single layer over medium warmth.

Campfire cooking is the difficult half. I prefer to prepare dinner in a giant hearth ring in order that I can hold a fireplace happening one facet of the ring whereas I drag just a few scorching coals beneath my cooking rack.

Don’t put open flames beneath your corn … simply scorching campfire coals.

Push coals to facet of grill to scale back warmth, push scorching embers straight beneath grill to extend warmth.

You need these little beauties to roast properly with darkish brown spots of charred corn … not flip into flares and smoke indicators!

How lengthy to prepare dinner corn on campfires?

Use tongs to flip the corn about each 5 minutes or so, they’re achieved when tender which will take about half-hour however hold checking tenderness all through your cooking time as a result of time will range with every campfire.

If you might be tenting in a location that already has grates set as much as prepare dinner over campfires, that’s nice! If you might be tenting in a distant space with out campfire grates and grill racks, you could have to carry your individual campfire cooking gear like we do.

Step 4: Pull again husks.

Step 5: Slather with basil butter.

Yep … I stated basil butter! It is sooooooooooo a lot tastier than common butter and I’ve a super-simple recipe which you can make on the campsite or at dwelling.

You may even make it prematurely and freeze it till prepared to make use of!

Camp Cooking Tip: Do not use room temperature butter in your entire ears of corn. You can cowl corn with a pleasant even layer when your butter is tough and chilly. When you rub butter over scorching corn, it melts rapidly, creates an evenly buttered cob and isn’t tremendous messy.

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Alternatives To Campfire Cooking

How To Make Corn On The Cob While Camping Without Fire

Making corn on campfires is only one approach to put together tenting corn on the cob.

But, what in case you are tenting with out hearth as a consequence of hearth restrictions and you may’t have fires or use charcoal?

You can use your tenting propane with a conveyable camp range or RV range and simply boil the corn.

Here’s learn how to prepare dinner corn whereas tenting utilizing propane as the warmth supply …

Bring a giant pot of water to boil, drop within the peeled corn on the cob, cowl the pot and convey it again as much as a boil. 

The corn can be tender in roughly 5-7 minutes.

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A scrumptious manner to make use of leftover corn is to sprinkle it into salads, the smoky taste provides a lot to recipes.

I like making easy mayo-based dips with leftover roasted corn and serving it with tortilla chips or crackers. Try combining equal components of mayonnaise and bitter cream as a base. Then add shredded cheddar or cotija cheese. Mix in a little bit of salsa, spicy peppers or creole seasoning for a bit kick. I like including herbs like contemporary cilantro or chives if I’ve them readily available. And, you’ll be able to’t go fallacious including a handful of crumbled bacon too. Just combine all of it collectively in a bowl with the charred corn and refrigerate till you’re able to serve.

How to take away corn kernels from cob:

  1. Remove outer husks from cob.
  2. Place small bowl upside-down within the backside of a big bowl.
  3. Place corn on the small bowl (backside of the ears ought to be set on the flat a part of the small bowl).
  4. Starting on the prime of the ear, use a pointy paring knife to slice downward to chop the kernels off of the cob. The giant bowl with catch the falling kernels.
  5. ​Work your manner across the cob to take away the entire kernels.
  6. Turn the knife so the boring edge is in opposition to the cob and scrape the candy milk from the cob into the bowl with the kernels.

This Southwest Camping Salad is a well-liked 5-star recipe that requires frozen corn to make it easy, however, you should use leftovers out of your grilled corn cobs for much more taste.

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Campfire Corn On The Cob by CampingForFoodies features three ears of charred sweet corn on the cob with slightly charred husks pulled away from the cobs and stacked on a white plate. Basil butter is melting over the hot corn set outside on a sunny day with a dense green forest in the background.

Campfire Corn On The Cob: How To Grill Sweet Corn Over The Campfire

Kim Hanna

Camping For Foodies Sides Camping Recipes: This simple Campfire Corn On The Cob is roasted proper within the husks and served scorching with a bit butter, salt and pepper.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Additional Time 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hr 5 minutes

Course Sides Camping Recipes

Cuisine American

Servings 4 Servings (2 ears/individual)

Calories 153 kcal

  • 8 Ears of candy corn
  • Water for soaking about 2 gallons
  • Salt & Pepper to style
  • Butter (elective)

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  • Pull again the highest a part of the husks and take away silk from corn.

  • Fold the husks again across the corn.

  • Soak in chilly water about half-hour conserving the ears absolutely submerged. You might have to put a lid or pan over the cobs to maintain them beneath water as a result of they are going to are likely to float on prime with out one thing weighing them down.

  • While the corn is soaking, put together your cooking supply: campfire coals, charcoal briquettes or propane grill to prepare dinner over medium warmth, roughly 350 F levels.

  • Camp Cooking Tip: You do not want a thermometer to find out in case your warmth supply is roughly 350 F levels, you should use your hand (be sure nothing if flammable, like clothes or jewellery.)

    • Hold the palm of your hand about 5 inches above the warmth supply.
    • Pull your hand away from the warmth earlier than it hurts and be aware what number of seconds handed.
    • 5-7 seconds = medium warmth.

  • Drain extra water from corn.

  • Grill corn on medium warmth turning each 5 minutes or so till the corn is tender, about half-hour.

  • Carefully pull again husks carrying protecting gloves so you do not burn your self. The kernels can be very calmly charred, if you happen to like a extra charred taste, place the cobs again over the recent coals till charred to your liking.

  • Top with butter, salt and pepper, if desired.

  • My Basil Butter is so flavorful and an ideal addition to summer time candy corn. Get the recipe right here

Serving: 1gCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 4mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g


If husked corn alone isn’t sufficient of a meal in itself, serve it as a facet dish and take a look at some new recipes in your campout.

Dutch Oven Ribs Camping Recipe

The nice half about roasting corn over hearth is having the proper facet dish to serve with a fundamental dish made in a Dutch oven like these yummy BBQ ribs!

Dutch Oven Ribs Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features baby back pork ribs slathered in BBQ sauce on a white plate next to an ear of charred campfire corn and coleslaw side salad on a picnic table with a green forest in the background.
Dutch Oven Ribs Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Big Mac Sloppy Joes

Burgers and scorching canines are normal yard bbq menu objects however they will get boring. If you’re feeling for floor beef, do that unfastened meat sandwich. It’ll put the restaurant hamburger model to disgrace!

Big Mac Sloppy Joes by CampingForFoodies features a double decker sandwich on a sesame seeded bun filled with sloppy joe meat and a copycat version of McDonald’s secret sauce, American cheese, pickles and shredded lettuce. The meal is ready to be served for dinner at the campsite. A cast iron Dutch oven and propane fuel canister on a camp stove are in the background.
Big Mac Sloppy Joes by CampingForFoodies

Diablo Sandwich Recipe

If you’re not afraid of a bit spicy pepper style, do that Diablo Sandwich that was impressed by the 1977 comedy/motion basic film Smokey and the Bandit starring Jackie Gleason and Burt Reynolds.

Diablo Sandwich Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a hot sandwich on a blue camping plate. The red and brown color hamburger is mixed with yellow corn, bright green cilantro and avocado slices. The plate is set on a firewood log with blue sky in the background.
Diablo Sandwich Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Lemon Chicken

The hen pores and skin is crisped in just a few tablespoons olive oil then the flavors are added with garlic, onion, contemporary rosemary, lemon and hen broth in certainly one of my favourite one pot tenting meals.

Dutch Oven Lemon Chicken by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with golden brown, crispy chicken thighs on top of a bed of tender petite potatoes, lemon slices and fresh rosemary sprigs in a smooth pan sauce. The pot is sitting on the ground, dinner is ready to be served at the campsite.
Dutch Oven Lemon Chicken by CampingForFoodies

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

Cold salads are excellent within the warmth of the summer time. This cucumber salad might be made on the campsite or at dwelling. The flavors must marry for not less than 6 hours within the fridge. It’s like consuming summer time in a bowl!

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping bowl on a tree stump filled with cold sliced vegetables including green English cucumbers, red onions and red bell peppers tossed in a simple homemade dressing with fresh dill.
Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies

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