The secret to perfectly grilled corn? Cook them unhusked

  • This image provided by America’s Test Kitchen in May 2018 shows the cover for “The Complete Cook’s Country TV Cookbook, 2017.” It includes a recipe for grilled corn on the cob and Jucy Lucy burgers. (America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in May 2018 shows grilled corn on the cob in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in “The Complete Cook’s Country TV Cookbook, 2017.” (Joe Keller/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

Grilling corn sounds like a simple proposition — but our research found dozens of variations on the cooking method for this classic summer vegetable.

For a recipe that produced corn with a distinctly grilled taste and lightly charred kernels, we grilled the corn unhusked. The grill imparted great flavor to our grilled corn, but also made the kernels tough and dry. To avoid this, we soaked the husked corn in salted water before grilling, which kept the kernels moist and seasoned them as well.

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GRILLED CORN ON THE COB

Servings: 4-6

Start to finish: 1 hour and 30 minutes

If your corn isn’t as sweet as you’d like, stir 1/2 cup of sugar into the water along with the salt. Avoid soaking the corn for more than 8 hours, or it will become overly salty.

Salt and pepper

8 ears corn, husks and silks removed

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

In large pot, stir 1/2 cup salt into 4 quarts cold water until dissolved. Add corn and let soak for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.

— For a charcoal grill: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter filled with charcoal briquettes (6 quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour evenly over grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes.

— For a gas grill: Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes.

Clean and oil cooking grate. Grill corn, turning every 2 to 3 minutes, until kernels are lightly charred all over, 10 to 14 minutes. Remove corn from grill, brush with softened butter, and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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Nutrition information per serving: 222 calories; 107 calories from fat; 12 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 27 mg cholesterol; 199 mg sodium; 30 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 5 g protein.

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