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How to Smoke Corn on the Cob with Husks

How to smoke corn on the cob with husks perfectly on your grill. Tender fresh sweet corn smoked right in the husk makes the perfect side dish with any meal. Traeger corn for the win.

How to Smoke Corn on the Cob

We are rapidly adding to our roundup of easy smoker recipes so you can enjoy them once summertime arrives! This is how to smoke corn on the cob so you can pair it with your dinner tonight. (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)

Smoked Corn

Tender kernels cooked right along side your beef or chicken main dish, it comes out perfect every time we make it. We like it in the husks but you can certainly make smoked corn on the cob without husks too, just wrap in foil instead. The latter can have butter and seasonings added so it all soaks right in.

If you have only boiled water to get this tender you are in for a real treat. It not only tastes better but doesn’t lose nutritional value submerged in water. You can use an electric smoker or pellet grill to make this. Set them right next to your smoked pork steaks and have yourself the best dinner ever.

To get your meats absolutely perfect we have this printable meat smoking chart to refer to so each and every time it will be fork tender.


Traeger Corn on the Cob

Use what brand you have at home. We started with an inexpensive Charbroil electric smoker and now we have a larger Traeger. Either way this timing and temperature works great

  • When you think of summertime do you think of barbecuing? We do! Well that and smoking “all the things”.
  • There isn’t anything better than a well seasoned hunk of meat thrown in the smoker. You will need an easy side dish to go with it though!

Why not cook them together so dinner is done at the same time and everything is perfectly tender and delicious.  Corn is kinda’ the best too. It’s cheap year round, and I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t like it. Easy to find in the summertime like you see here below, fresh is always best.

How to Smoke Corn on the Cob 2

Smoked Corn on the Cob

Of course you can boil it the “old fashioned” way, or make Instant Pot corn. But when the weather gets warm and we uncover the pool we are all about using our electric smoker. We just bought a Green Mountain pellet grill / smoker too! Whether you have a Traeger or other brand, this corn recipe will work great.

Traeger Corn

First you’re going to grab a bunch of corn with the husks still on, a must.

  • For Traeger smoked corn on the cob with husks
  • You’ll want to preheat your smoker to 350 degrees so it’s ready when you are.
  • If you’re cooking anything else you’ll want to time it so the last hour the corn will be popped on.

Then as you can see above you’re going to cut off the very tip so it is somewhat open at the end but don’t peel anything back.


Smoking Corn on the Cob with Husks

Now just throw them right on the grate and close the lid. Give them a good hour to cook so the kernels get nice and tender. That is the minimum amount of time for med./large ears of corn.

I prefer along the lines of 1 hour 30 minutes to get them a bit more tender. Once you make smoked corn on the cob once you’ll be able to determine whether your optimal time is an hour or a bit more.

  • Keeping the lid closed is important as well. If you lift the lid at all it will take that much longer for your grill to get back up to 350 degrees. Resist the urge my friends.

Smoked Corn on the Cob without Husks

If you’d rather take the outside off at the beginning you certainly can. Instead wrap a few in foil with some butter and salt inside there. It will take about the same timing that way.

Why is smoked corn is the best corn side dish

  1. You don’t have to heat up your house when it’s summertime.
  2. There is very little prep. Leaving the husks on saves a lot of time and mess.
  3. Removing the husk after cooking is easier than if it were uncooked.

If you have a compost bin you can throw them right in there and it works great.

smoked corn on the cob recipe

How to Smoke Corn on the Cob on a Pellet Grill

Then just pull husks back and it is kinda’ a nice holder so your hands don’t get too hot. Remove the silks (they kinda’ all come off with the husks, butter, sprinkle on some salt and pepper on your kernels and bite right in!

It’s a perfect pairing and talk about the ultimate barbecue feast! You can also melt in a small bowl a butter mixture with some garlic salt and pepper so it can be dipped right in. We do go over how to cook frozen corn on the cob but typically you cannot find cobs with the husks still in tact. In that case you could still do it but would need to wrap them in foil with butter and let them defrost, cook that way.

smoking corn on the cob

Smoked Corn on the Cob with Husks

  • A smoker
  • Pellets or wood chips to put inside
  • Corn on the cob with the husks in tact
  • Butter and salt when it’s done

Above, here are the things you’re going to need. There isn’t much. If you wrap in foil you can add the butter and seasonings right in there at the get go, if not just add later.

  1. Preheat your smoker to 350 degrees F. Use wood pellets or chips as required for the model you have.
  2. Cut 1.5″ off end of corn that is open. Leave rest of husk in tact.
  3. Allow to cook for 60-90 minutes. Timing will depend on how tender you like your kernels. 60 minutes is minimum and good but 90 will give you much softer corn on the cob. Great cooked alongside meat.
  4. Remove from grill and allow to cool slightly so you can remove husks easier. Peel husk back and discard silk. Butter and salt your corn and enjoy!

If you have those with braces of course you’ll have to cut the kernels off for them before eating. 😉 If you put it into a bowl they will get caught easier and not roll all over the place.

how to remove corn kernels

Here are a few questions you might have before you get going. You can choose leaving the husks on, which we do, or taking them off first.

How long does it take to smoke an ear of corn

This is a nice change vs. boiling corn since that to me tends to take away a lot of the sweet and delicious flavor. Cook time is about 1 1.5 hours. It takes a bit longer if you leave the husk in tact.

Can you smoke corn without the husk?

Yes you can: Without the husks you can peel them off and them remove silks. Spray each ear with olive oil or butter spray and wrap in aluminum foil all the way around tightly. Then you can grill and/or make smoked corn as stated here timing wise.

How long do you grill corn on the cob in the Big Green Egg

You just add charcoal, light it and close the lid. Set the temperature at 325 degrees and cook for 30 – 45 minutes.

Best method for this mode of cooking is to place ears directly on the grates and close the lid. Turn the ears often so they grill evenly on all sides.

perfect corn on the cob

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How to Smoke Corn on the Cob

How to smoke corn on the cob perfectly a Traeger or electric smoker. Tender fresh sweet corn in the husk or out makes the perfect side dish.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword corn on the cob, side dish, smoked, vegetable
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 212kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • On a cutting board cut the ends off of your ears of corn on the cob, about 1.5″ off the end.
  • Preheat your smoker to 350 degrees.
  • Place ears with husks on on to your grill.
  • Close lid and leave closed for 60 – 90 minutes. 60 is the min. time it will take for kernels to become slightly tender, 90 minutes if you prefer them tender.
  • Carefully pull back husks and remove silks (will be hot). Butter, salt, and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
How to Smoke Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1310mg57%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 6th of March 2022

Cooked mine for around 1hr 15 min and it turned out great! Will definitely be serving this ip all summer!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 12th of March 2022


The Typical Mom

Monday 7th of March 2022

Oh good!


Saturday 17th of October 2020

Brilliant! I use my smoker for so many things, don't know why corn in the husk never occurred to me. Thanks for this and all your tips too!

Keith Brettin

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

I've been smoking corn on the cob for years. I typically soak it water for about 30 minutes, then I pull the silk from the top and remove all but the last 2 layers of husks. Next I pop it in a smoker at 240 degrees for at least 2 hours. I use an electric smoker and fill the water pan about half full. When it's done I pull it out remove the last of the husks and silk, then watch it disappear. If I want a heavy smoke flavor I use hickory, something lighter I use pecan. My wife and kids like it so much I usually make at least a dozen ears for us. Last time I made extra, and used it to make a corn salad. It was the hit of the neighborhood July 4th picnic.

Morris brooks

Monday 16th of November 2020

I love this recipe


Thursday 18th of July 2019

With the husks still intact, does the corn get permeated with smoke flavor? I can't imagine.

Morris brooks

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hmmm yummy taste great on my traeger pellet

The Typical Mom

Friday 19th of July 2019

Not very much no. However it is handy to do if you have meat on as well.


Monday 20th of May 2019

What a great way to make corn for our summer cookouts. I bet these will be really popular!

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