You’ve never had BBQ sweet corn this way. The spiced butter mixture is slathered on the sweet corn before it hits the grill, so every bite permeates with flavor.

BBQ Sweet Corn Recipe

Seriously guys, this recipe is the real deal.

Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, grilled sweet corn got even better.

Try this BBQ sweet corn once and you’ll be hooked. Enjoy this recipe while sweet corn is fresh and at its sweetest.

How Is This Sweet Corn Different?

So you’re all familiar with grilling sweet corn. It’s 100x better than cooking it in water.

Typically, you wait until the corn is cooked on the grill before buttering and flavoring it.

But this particular method has you adding butter and seasonings before the corn hits the grill.

Grilling the corn with a flavored butter mixture brushed on (as opposed to buttering and seasoning the corn after it’s grilled) really gives it a distinct smoky, barbecued flavor. The flavor just kind of seeps right in.

So it’s sweet, salty, spicy, and juicy all in one. Like I said before, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Barbecue sweet corn recipe

I discovered this recipe on Pinterest, but the original recipe comes from Eat Drink Daily. They suggest serving it with cilantro and lime wedges.

To make this recipe, start out by making a batch of sweet and spicy meat rub (recipe below). If you have extra, store for later use or package it up and give it as a gift!

Sweet and spicy meat rub recipe: Give this mix away for holiday gifts!

More Great Sweet Corn Recipes

Elote salad (Mexican sweet corn salad)

Summer sweet corn salad

Roasted corn chowder

Cheesy corn hotdish

Sweet corn spoon bread

Barbecue sweet corn recipe: A unique way to make BBQ sweet corn. The flavor seeps right in!

BBQ Sweet Corn

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

If you don't have ingredients on hand to make the sweet and spicy meat rub, feel free to use your own favorite spice blend or meat rub.



  1. Break sweet corn into halves or thirds, whichever you prefer. Place in a large saucepan filled with water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  2. Combine butter and meat rub.
  3. Preheat grill. Place corn pieces directly on grill. Brush tops with butter mixture. Wait a few minutes, rotate, and butter the other side. The corn should cook in about 5 to 6 minutes.

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Sweet and spicy meat rub recipe: Give this mix away for holiday gifts!

Sweet And Spicy Meat Rub

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

I used granulated turbinado sugar for this recipe, but you could certainly use white granulated sugar. I would stay away from using brown sugar though, as it tends to dry out over time. You can play around with the spices, adding more of ingredients you like and less of those you don't.


  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar (or Sugar In The Raw), blended until fine
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Place spice mix into individual containers and seal.

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