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How to Make Smoked Corn on the Cob on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Learn how to make smoked corn on the cob on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill!

We take you step-by-step through the ingredients you’ll need, setting up your Pit Boss pellet grill, and smoking the corn on the cob to perfection!

smoking corn on the cob on a pit boss pellet grill

Just like we’ve already shown with our Smoked Potato Salad, Pit Boss Baked Beans, and Pit Boss Smoked Mac and Cheese, sometimes the SIDE DISHES can actually steal the show.

There is no reason to run back and forth from the smoking meat on the Pit Boss to the oven inside or another grill somewhere to tend to the corn on the cob, because you can make smoked corn on the cob right on your Pit Boss pellet grill!

Go ahead and smoke your Pit Boss corn on the cob smoke them right alongside your Pit Boss smoked beef brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, or chicken!

And best of all, corn on the cob is incredibly easy to make and tastes delicious when smoked on a Pit Boss pellet grill.

Let’s get started!

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Smoked Corn on the Cob on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Let’s start with what ingredients you’ll need to make the Pit Boss smoked corn on the cob.

  • 3 Ears of Corn (husked and washed)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Onion Powder

As with all things BBQ, you can make adjustments based on your own preferences.

Salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder will give you some great classic flavors on your Pit Boss smoked corn on the cob.  But you can also use your favorite BBQ rub if you wish.

We especially like Three Little Pigs Kansas City Championship Rub on smoked corn on the cob because it already has a lot of garlic and onion flavor that contrasts well with the sweet corn.

You can always add more salt and butter later after they cook!

 

The Best Wood Pellets for Smoking Corn on the Cob on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

bear mountain gourmet blend pellets

Smoked corn on the cob will absorb a fair amount of smoke flavor on the Pit Boss but is a fibrous enough vegetable that it should not be overwhelmed either.

So the smoked corn on the cob will hold up well to stronger smoke flavors like hickory or mesquite unlike a delicate fish fillet or even chicken breasts.

If you are smoking your corn on the cob on the Pit Boss alongside some ribs or a beef roast, you will be fine with whatever type of wood pellet let you chose for the meat.

If, however, you are smoking the corn on the cob by itself, we would recommend either hickory pellets or a good gourmet blend like our go-to favorite from Bear Mountain.

For the best results, store your unused pellets in a sealed room temperature container like this 20 lb pellet container rather than in the Pit Boss hopper outside.

Pellets do not last forever, but will definitely last a LOT longer if stored indoors in a quality airtight container.

 

How a Pit Boss Pellet Grill Works

We have previously covered how to season a Pit Boss, how to start a Pit Boss, as well as how to troubleshoot the smoke level of your pellet grill.

So if you need a more in-depth review on how to use your Pit Boss for the first time, check those articles out first!

If you already know your Pit Boss inside and out, feel free to skip this stuff.

But if not, below is a brief overview of how a Pit Boss pellet grill works and how to start it up properly to prepare to smoke your food.

a pit boss pro series 1150 pellet grill

In order to cook ANYTHING well on a Pit Boss pellet grill, you need to first have a basic understanding of how a pellet grill works.

***Completely New to Using a Pellet Grill?  No Worries!****

Hop over and check out this Complete Guide to Understanding How a Pellet Grill Works  if you are interested in learning more in depth.  We’ll be here when you get back!***

 

Add your Hardwood Pellets

First, you add hardwood pellets into the side hopper.

pit boss hopper

The Pit Boss pellet grill automatically feeds these small wood pellets via an auger mechanism to a fire pot where they are burned up, providing both heat and smokey flavor.

The pellet grill automatically controls the flow of pellets depending on your temperature setting so that you maintain an even temperature throughout the entire cook.

 

How to Start up the Pit Boss Pellet Grill

  1. Fill your hopper with pellets as described above.
  2. Make sure the fire pot is cleaned out from the last cook and not full of ashes. You can remove it from the bottom and dump or vacuum it out and then put back and clip into place.a dirty ash pot
  3. Plug in and start up the pellet grill, keeping the lid open.  Set the temperature dial to “Smoke” and press the “Power” button.white start up smoke on a pit boss pellet grill
  4. If there are no pellets in the auger or firepot yet, only in the hopper, you need to now hold the Prime” button until you hear pellets begin to drop into the firepot.the prime button on a pit boss pellet grill
  5. The “Prime” feature on a Pit Boss pellet grill speeds up the auger so that pellets fill it quickly and get to your fire pot before the pellet grill “times out” from a lack of pellets coming into the fire pot.wood pellets in a pit boss pellet grill
  6. Once pellets are in the firepot, stop holding the “Prime” button and wait about 5-7 minutes with the lid open for a torchy burner lighting sound. This means the fire rod has come up to temperature and has ignited the pellets.  At this point, a more significant amount of smoke will begin coming out of the pellet grill.  This means the pellets are ignited and the pellet grill is workingNow you can close the lid.pellets falling into an ash pot
  7. Close the lid and change the temperature setting to 350°F.  Pit Boss recommends always preheating to this temperature FIRST, even if you are eventually going to cook at different temperature.
  8. This will take about 10-15 minutes to preheat the grill.
  9. Using a good bristle free grill brush, clean off the grill grates.
  10. Now adjust the temperature to where you need it to cook your food.

Why Bristle Free Grill Brushes? 

Check out our Ultimate Guide to How to Keep your Family Safe by using ONLY Bristle Free Grill Brushes, along with a selection of some of our favorites!

 

How to Make Smoked Corn on the Cob on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

pit boss smoked corn on the cob on a cutting board

 

Set the Pit Boss Temperature

The best temperature to smoke your corn on the cob on the Pit Boss is going to be 220°F with INDIRECT heat.

Thankfully, if you are cooking something else like pork butt or beef brisket “Low and Slow” you should already have the Pit Boss pegged around this temperature!

While you CAN smoke corn on the cob at higher temperatures on the Pit Boss, it will cook long before it absorbs any smokey flavor, which is why we are choosing a lower temperature here.

The smoked corn on the cob will take about 40-50 minutes when smoked at 220°F on a Pit Boss pellet grill.

So plan accordingly to time them to finish at the same time your meat is finished resting.

 

Prepare the Corn on the Cob

Once you have your ingredients ready and the Pit Boss preheating, it’s time to start preparing the corn on the cob to smoke.

seasoned butter for smoked corn on the cob

Melt the butter and mix in the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.

Take a basting brush like our favorite silicone ones for oils and butter because they are so easy to clean, and baste the seasoned butter all over the corn.

basting seasoned butter on corn on the cob before smoking

Keep some of the seasoned butter held back for continued basting on the Pit Boss while the corn smokes.

Oil up the grates of the Pit Boss with some olive oil and place the corn directly on the grates using a good pair of long handled grill tongs.

 

Smoke the Corn on the Cob on the Pit Boss

Now it’s time to smoke your corn on the cob in the Pit Boss!

After you have placed the seasoned and buttered corn cobs directly on the grill grates, close the lid and smoke at 220°F for about 20-25 minutes.

smoking corn on the cob on a pit boss pellet grill

After 25 minutes, rotate, flip, and baste the corn again with the rest of the butter mixture.

basting more seasoned butter on pit boss smoked corn on the cob

Continue smoking for another 20-25 minutes with the lid closed until the corn is tender.

smoking corn on the cob on a pit boss pellet grill

We liked putting our corn toward the right side of our Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 that tends to get a little less upward heat from the flame broiler directly underneath.

 

Best Ways to Serve Pit Boss Smoked Corn on the Cob

Once your Pit Boss smoked corn on the cob is finished, carefully remove them from the grill to cool slightly on a plate of cutting board but don’t wait too long to serve so they stay warm.

pit boss smoked corn on the cob on a cutting board

Smoked corn on the cob goes great with brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, salmon, even lobster, or any other dish you can think of!

You can also have some fun with your BBQ theme and keep your hands clean at the same time with these fun Pig themed corn on the cob holders from Farberware!

 

What Else Can I Smoke on my Pit Boss?

a pit boss pellet grill making smoke

So glad you asked!

Check out some of our other favorite recipes below that can all be easily modified for a Pit Boss if not done so already.

You’ve come to right place!

Pork

 

Beef

 

Seafood

 

Poultry

 

Lamb

 

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smoking corn on the cob on a pit boss pellet grill

Pit Boss Smoked Corn on the Cob

Learn how to make smoked corn on the cob on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill!
We take you step-by-step through the ingredients you’ll need, setting up your Pit Boss pellet grill, and smoking the corn on the cob to perfection!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish, Snack, Vegetable
Cuisine American, Australian, barbecue, BBQ, Holiday, Smoked
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • Pit Boss Pellet Grill
  • Wood Pellets preferably oak, hickory, or a blend.
  • Small Bowl
  • Basting brush
  • Long Handled Grill Tongs
  • Corn on the Cob Holders optional

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Ears of Corn husked and washed
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • tsp Salt
  • tsp Pepper
  • tsp Garlic Powder
  • tsp Onion Powder

Instructions
 

  • Remove the husks and threads from the corn cobs and wash and dry.
    3 Ears of Corn

Start the Pit Boss Pellet Grill

  • Remove the fire pot from the bottom of the Pit Boss and clean out any ashes left over from the last cook. Replace it and make sure it is secured in place with the clips on either side.
    a dirty ash pot
  • Add your pellets to the hopper, start the Pit Boss pellet grill and put it on the "Smoke" setting.
    pouring pellets in a pit boss hopper
  • If there are no pellets in the auger, hold the "Prime" button until you hear pellets begin falling in the fire pot. This will speed up the auger to prime it full of pellets before you start preheating.
    the prime button on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Once the Pit boss begins to produce thick white smoke, let it run for about 5-7 minutes on the "Smoke" Setting until the smoke turns more of a clearish blue color. This means the fire rod has fully heated up to burn the pellets more cleanly.
    white start up smoke on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Next, set the temperature to preheat the Pit Boss pellet grill to 350°F. We will drop this temperature before we start cooking.
  • Once the Pit Boss has come up to 350°F, drop the temperature on the control panel to 220°, and clean the grill grates with a good grill brush and close the lid.

Prepare the Corn on the Cob to Smoke

  • Melt the butter and mix in the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
    3 Tbsp Butter, ⅛ tsp Salt, ⅛ tsp Pepper, ⅛ tsp Garlic Powder, ⅛ tsp Onion Powder
    seasoned butter for smoked corn on the cob
  • Baste the seasoned butter all over the corn. Keep some of the seasoned butter held back for continued basting on the Pit Boss while the corn smokes.
    basting seasoned butter on corn on the cob before smoking
  • Oil up the grates of the Pit Boss with some olive oil and place the corn directly on the grates using a good pair of long handled grill tongs.
    smoking corn on the cob on a pit boss pellet grill

Smoke the Corn on the Cob on the Pit Boss

  • After you have placed the seasoned and buttered corn cobs directly on the grill grates, close the lid and smoke at 220°F for about 20-25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, rotate, flip, and baste the corn again with the rest of the butter mixture.
    rotating smoked corn on a pit boss pellet grill with grill tongs
  • Continue smoking for another 20-25 minutes with the lid closed until the corn is tender.
    smoking corn on the cob on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Once your Pit Boss smoked corn on the cobs are finished, carefully remove them from the pellet grill to cool slightly on a plate of cutting board and then serve with corn cob holders and extra salt, pepper, and butter for guests to add.
    pit boss smoked corn on the cob on a cutting board

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
Keyword barbecue, bbq, grilled corn on the cob, pellet grill, pellet grill corn on the cob, pit boss corn on the cob, Pit Boss Recipes, pit boss smoked corn on the cob, smoked corn, smoked corn on the cob, smoked ear of corn
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