Smoked Corn on the Cob Using a Pit Boss Grill (Buttery, Smoky and Delicious!)

When it comes to cooking corn on the cob, there are so many ways to do it.

For example, you could steam it, bake it, grill it, or even smoke it! 

I love combination of deep smoky flavor with the decadent butter sauce.

Make sure you follow my steps below the yummiest barbecue side dish — smoked corn cob.

Smoked Corn Is the Way to Go

Corn also happens to be one of the best kinds of vegetables to smoke!

We usually toss a few ears of corn into the smoker towards the end of almost every smoking session.

It doesn’t matter what type of meat we’re smoking, be it a beef brisket, mac and cheese, or grilled buffalo chicken.

What You Need for Smoked Corn

  • 6 ears of sweet corn
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of your choice of hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

What Are the Best Wood Chips for Smoking Corn?

The best wood chips for smoking corn are fruitwoods, such as apple or cherry. These woods impart a mild and sweet flavor that complements the natural sweetness of corn.

Hickory and mesquite can also be used, but they have stronger and more intense flavors that may overpower the corn’s taste.

It’s best to soak the wood chips in water for about 30 minutes before adding them to the smoker to ensure they smolder and produce smoke rather than burn quickly.

How to Prep The Corn From The Smoker

You can smoke the corn while it’s still got the husk on, or with the husk off. If you’re planning to cook your ear of corn with the husk still on, it’s a good idea to soak it beforehand.

This is done so that it doesn’t completely burn in your pellet grill. 

If you feel like you’re having a bit of a tough time getting all of the silk threads off of the corn after you’ve removed it from the husk, we have a little tip for you.

Simply run the corn ears under some cold water and you should find it a little easier to get a grip on the fine pieces of silk. However, you won’t have to worry about this because we’ll be removing the husk for this recipe.

What Temperature to Smoke Corn At?

The ideal temperature to smoke corn is around 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (107 to 121 degrees Celsius). This temperature range allows the corn to cook slowly and absorb the smoky flavors while maintaining its moisture.

How Long Does it Take to Smoke Corn?

Smoking corn at a lower temperature helps prevent it from becoming dry or overcooked. It typically takes about 1 to 2 hours to smoke corn at this temperature range, but cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the corn cobs.

How to Make The Butter Sauce

To make the butter sauce for the fresh corn, simply combine all of the other ingredients. Add the butter, garlic salt, chili powder, hot sauce, and apple cider vinegar into a ceramic dish.

Then microwave everything for around 30 to 45 seconds. You’ll know when the sauce is ready once you see that the butter has melted fully.

After that, it just needs a quick stir and it’s done!

Here’s How To Smoke Corn on the Cob – Step by Step Guide

Below is my simple 5 steps recipe for smoking corn.

Step 1: Prep The Corn Ready for Cooking.

Tear away the husks and get rid of as much of the silk threads as possible.

Step 2: Preheat Your Smoker.

Set your pellet grill temperature to 250°F. If you need some help with your pit boss p setting I have a handy guide.

Step 3: Make The Butter Sauce

While waiting for the pellet grill to heat up, take this time to make the butter sauce. Then brush the corn with the butter sauce

Do not use up all of the sauce, save less than half of it for after the cook.

You’ll find out why soon!

Step 4: Smoke The Corn

Place the corn on the grill and set a timer for half an hour and leave the sweet corn to smoke.

Rotate the cobs with your pair of kitchen thongs, then leave it to smoke for another half an hour.

Step 5: Remove From The Smoker and Serve

Remove the corn from the smoker and serve it up! Make sure to brush some more of that butter sauce on!

Leftover Smoked Corn on The Cob Ideas

Leftover smoked corn on the cob can be repurposed into delicious dishes. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Smoky Corn Chowder: Use the smoked corn kernels in a creamy chowder. Sauté onions, garlic, and potatoes, add broth, and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Then add the corn, some cream, and seasonings for a hearty and comforting soup.
  2. Smoky Corn Fritters: Combine the corn kernels with a batter made from flour, eggs, herbs, and spices. Pan-fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown for crispy and flavorful fritters.
  3. Smoky Corn and Black Bean Salad: Mix the smoked corn kernels with black beans, diced bell peppers, red onions, lime juice, and a vinaigrette dressing. Serve it as a side dish or a filling for wraps and burritos.

Smoked Corn on The Cob

Corn is to one of the best kinds of vegetables to smoke ! You will definitely enjoy this side dish as it pairs well with all types of meat.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, grill
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: $3


  • Grill


  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp your choice of hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  • Heat Pitboss Grill to 250 degrees F.
  • Remove husk and silks from corn immediately prior to cooking.
  • Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter and add some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Brush the corn with butter mix.
  • Place corn on wire rack in smoker.
  • After 30 minutes, brush with more butter mix.
  • Smoke corn until desired level of smoke is achieved.  Should be ready in approx. 1 -1.5 hours.
  • Remove from smoker and brush with butter mixture.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

There is nothing like a BBQ classic, and corn dripping is butter definitely is an EPIC classic!

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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