Traeger Corn on the Cob is the best way to grill corn. Sweet and savory, this simple smoked corn recipe is the best. It's a delicious summer side dish perfect for any and all occasions.
One of our summertime favorites is sweet and juicy summer corn. I think it's safe to say that there's nothing quite like that perfect bite of grilled corn. It's juicy, tender, flavorful, and has you eyeing the pieces of corn that are left on the table, calculating whether or not there's enough for seconds.
I literally just described what this recipe is like to me because I crave this simple corn recipe. The cheese and mayo paired with the spices create an outer texture and crunch that are crazy good. It might be just a tad bit more effort than peeling the corn and tossing it on the grill, but I promise you that it's worth the time.
Speaking of delicious corn recipes, check out this Smoked Cornbread as well. It's another hit that is excellent to make any time of the year.
Ingredients for Smoked Corn
Corn - You can use any variety of sweet corn that you'd like.
Garlic - Garlic powder is what is needed so it sticks to the mayo on the corn.
Smoked paprika - You can use regular paprika if you don't have smoked, but the smoked paprika is so good!
Brown sugar - Just a little bit of sugar for extra sweetness.
Salt - Salt can always be added according to your preference but make sure to add some. It enhances the other flavors.
Mayo - Real mayonnaise is the best and most flavorful with the rest of the added ingredients.
How to make Traeger Corn on the Cob
Step One: Remove the husk from the corn and any strands of silk.
Step Two: Apply about a tablespoon of mayo to each cob. The mayo will help the seasoning stick to the corn.
Cover all the corn entirely.
Step Three: Sprinkle the corn with the seasoning mixture. Be sure to coat all sides. If you do this over a baking sheet, you can also roll the cobs around to pick up any seasoning and ensure they are well seasoned.
Step Four: Place the corn directly on the grate in your preheated smoker. Smoke the corn at 250°F for about an hour and twenty minutes. You will know the corn is done when you can remove one of the kernels from the end and it tastes perfectly cooked.
Step Five: Remove corn from smoker when done and serve.
You'll notice that the corn starts to turn a golden brown, indicating that it's done cooking.
Use butter - If you want to smoke corn, you can easily use butter in place of the mayo.
Cheese - A lot of people will add cotija cheese on top once the smoked corn is done cooking. (I also like to add fresh cilantro sometimes, too!)
Mix in parmesan cheese - You can also add some grated parmesan cheese to the mayonnaise as well to emphasize the cheesy flavor.
Tajin seasoning - Tajin is a very popular seasoning to use on Mexican street corn. It has the flavors of salt, chili powder, and lime juice without being spicy. Sub it in for the brown sugar and spices we used.
Air Fryer - Loving that air fryer? Try this Air Fryer Corn Ribs recipe.
Do you need to wrap the corn before cooking it on the grill?
This is what makes this the perfect summer side dish. You don't have to wrap the corn at all! Although, if you want to, you can wrap it in aluminum foil and then place it on the grill.
People do this so that it cooks evenly and holds in the ingredients as well.
What foods pair with cooked corn?
Once I have the grill fired up, I'm all about putting it to good use. I like to cook up a whole chicken and have that as a delicious protein option to pair with the smoky flavor of the corn.
One of my other favorite ways to make a complete meal with corn is to cook up some Smoked Burgers! Add this to the top of the list for your smoker recipes because they're delicious.
But in all reality, almost anything pairs well with sweet corn - or you can do what I do and just eat your entire meal with the corn being your appetizer, main dish, and dessert.
Can I use an electric smoker or a pellet grill for this corn recipe?
Yes, you can. You can use your favorite wood (cherry or hickory) or anything else that you'd prefer. This recipe will work with an electric smoker, pellet grill, gas grill, and charcoal grill.
Try out different cooking methods and see which one you like the best. This is a great excuse to make this delicious smoked corn recipe over and over again.
Traeger Corn on the Cob
- Traeger Grill or other smoker
- 3 ears corn on the cob
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tbs mayo
- Remove the husk from the corn and any strands of silk.
- Apply about a tablespoon of mayo to each cob. The mayo will help the seasoning stick to the corn.
- Sprinkle the corn with the seasoning mixture. Be sure to coat all sides. If you do this over a baking sheet, you can also roll the cobs around to pick up any seasoning and ensure they are well seasoned.
- Place the corn directly on the grate in your preheated smoker. Smoke the corn at 250°F for about an hour and twenty minutes. You will know the corn is done when you can remove one of the kernels from the end and it tastes perfectly cooked.
- Remove corn from smoker when done and serve.