Grilled Buttered Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubs

by | Apr 11, 2016 | 9 comments

Grilled Buttered Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubs

The augment of autumn often translates to camping season here in Australia. There is something about a slight chill in the air and the leaves falling that makes us want to jump into a car crammed with our life possessions, tow bar burgeoning under the weight of bicycles and our offsprings squashed in there somewhere in the crevices between rolled up tents and sleeping bags. Because the boot is full of enough food to feed ourselves and any campers who might be stranded for the two nights that we would be spending outside the comfort of our warm homes.

Coming out of a long hot summer where barbecued corn was enjoyed every few weekends at the quintessential Aussie backyard barbie, we still carry a bagful of fresh corn safely tucked in their husks in our boot. A prize from last week's farmer's markets. Because we also know how much better the corn tastes charred on an open campfire next to the river as the dark grey clouds threaten to flood our tents (yes that's right, it always rains when we camp!)

Grilled Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubs

Grilled Buttered Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubs

The best corn is the organic one available at the markets, still encased in its silky husk. The best way to grill it, is to carefully peel the husk back but let it stay attached to the base. Remove the silky strands from the cob, rub with butter and spices and grill to perfection on an open fire. Then slather with squeezed lime or more spices and top with parmesan if that rocks your boat even more. After all, you are camping and you will need all the sustenance you can muster when the tent flies off in the rain.

I like mixing different dried spices with coarse sea salt flakes in little glass jars. The spice mix keeps for days in a dark corner of your pantry and the culinary uses are not just limited to corn but render well to roast veggies, tofu skewers and anything that needs a generous lashing of oil or butter before going on the fire. And these little glass jars also make an excellent I-am-coming-over-for-tea-and-cake present!Grilled Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubsbarbecue_corn_rubs6 barbecue_corn_rubs7 barbecue_corn_rubs8 Grilled Buttered Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubs

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Grilled Corn And Barbecue Spice Rubs


5 from 2 votes
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Author: Sneh
Course // Sides, Summer
Cuisine // American, Gluten Free, Mexican, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


Lime And Salt Spice Rub

  • zest of 1 large lime
  • ¼ cup sea salt flakes

Cajun Corn Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules

Hot Mexican Spice Rub

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt flakes

For the corn

  • 6 corns on the cob, husks intact
  • butter, for brushing
  • lime wedges, to serve


  • Prepare each rub (spice mix) by mixing the ingredients stated for it in a small bowl. Store all three spice mixes in three individual glass jars. Store in the fridge or a cool and dry part of the pantry for up to two weeks.
  • Prepare corn by gently peeling back the husks keeping them attached to the base. Brush the corn with butter using a pastry brush. Rub with desired spice rub and barbecue on a hot wood smoked barbecue for 10 minutes turning occasionally until cooked and slightly charred. Serve with lime wedges.
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  1. Tori//Gringalicious

    Oh wow, these spice rubs sound divine! I love how your different combinations are simple, yet power packed with flavor!

  2. Rosa

    A wonderful recipe! Grilled in that manner, corn must taste amazing.



  3. Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect

    This corn looks so delicious. Corn on the cob is one of my most favourite things - I always forget to wait for it to cool down properly and I end up burning my mouth!

    Great photos, I never knew such a rack existed for barbecuing corn!

    • snehroy

      I bought it from a homewares store here in Sydney but I have seen it at Williams Sonoma as well. x

  4. yvonn

    5 stars
    Wow this looks superb! I love your photos, recipes and blog. They are amazing. Corn is such a basic food but it has so much potential in it to make it an excellent dish! I loveeeeee it, can't wait to try it myself.

  5. Abby

    Oh, this corn looks so delicious, Sneh! <3

  6. Jill |

    Love the idea of having pre-mixed spice blends for the corn. Will def be trying these as soon as we get our bbq grill going!

  7. Frank Silnicky

    5 stars
    Finally some came up with a good and simple way to turn a boring food in to an exciting dish.
    Great recipe.

    • snehroy

      Thanks Frank! x


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