Corn of the Cob
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Obviously you need corn and your favorite butter. I like Land of Lakes. First thing to do is to get your pookie to heat up the grill. Fire is a little to complicated for us women so get your husband to tend to it. Now the fun part buttereing your corn.
Make sure your butter is soft that way it will easily spread from your hands. Be gentle, yet firm with the corn. If the corn has an unusual girth, your hand may not completely encircle it. In such cases, try both hands to insure you don't miss any of the tender areas while buttering. The movements should be swift and smooth, without bumping or stalling.
One of the secrets of good buttered corn is varying your hand motions. Here are a few indispensable techniques:
- Bring both well-buttered hands down on the corn. Some cobs are so big they require both hands. If your corn's doesn't, then use the other hand grip the base of the corn's shaft. If both hands fit along the length of the shaft, move them together, up and down, in the typical pumping motion. Pretend you're holding a baseball bat and are about to score a grand slam. You can also vary the directions of your hands, one up, one down at the same time. There's no doubt that two hands are better than one.
- Bring one hand down, letting it stroke the corn from the top all the way to the bottom. When it hits the bottom, release it. Meanwhile you're bringing your corresponding hand down to the top of the shaft, creating an alternating beating motion. Think of those blacksmith duos who keep up a double beat pounding motion as they beat that rod of iron on a piping-hot anvil.
- Take the corn in both hands, fingers lightly touching the sides of the corn's shaft. In order to visualize the position, think of yourself holding a clarinet. Now flick the corn back and forth between your two hands evenly buttered. Shuttling it back and forth in this manner may not seem incredibly thrilling at first, pretty soon, as it builds up momentum, it will butter the corn. Buttering via this method is sometimes messy, but the results are alway memorable.
After you've buttered the corn wrap each ear of corn in double thickness heavy-duty aluminum foil; tightly seal top and sides. Have you hubbie place corn on grill directly over coals. Grill, turning every 5 minutes, until tender 20 to 25 minutes.