Smoked Corn

Smoked Corn

Type of Smoking: Hot/Warm Smoking Recommended

Temperature: Moderate indirect heat

Time: Smoking time typically ranges from about 40 to 50 minutes.

  1. Prepare the Corn: Remove the husks and silk from the corn, leaving the stalk intact.

  2. Rinse the Corn: Wash the corn thoroughly to remove any remaining silk.

  3. Soak the Corn: Before smoking, soak the corn in water for about 30 minutes. This helps prevent the corn from drying out during smoking.

  4. Preheat for Hot/Warm Smoking: Preheat your smoker for hot or warm smoking. Place the soaked corn in the smoker. Smoking time can vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the desired smokiness and tenderness. Adjust the cooking time as needed while monitoring the corn's progress.

  5. Add Smoke Flavor: You can achieve various flavors by using different types of wood chips or chunks for smoking.

  6. Check Doneness: The corn is ready when it becomes tender and develops a slight char. You can test the tenderness by poking the corn with a fork or gently squeezing it.

Recommended Smoking Chips

  • Hickory Chips: Hickory smoking chips provide a rich, smoky flavor that pairs well with smoked meats and vegetables. They complement the unique sweetness of corn.

  • Maple Chips: Maple smoking chips offer a sweet aroma and mild smoky flavor. They enhance the natural sweetness of corn and create a balanced taste.

  • Oak Chips: Oak smoking chips have a relatively neutral flavor that works well with various ingredients. They can accentuate the flavor of corn while adding a smoky touch.

  • Fruitwood Chips: Smoking chips made from fruit trees are also popular. Apple, cherry, pecan, and other fruitwood chips can impart a subtle sweetness to corn when used for smoking.

Recipes with Smoked Corn

Smoked Corn Chowder

  1. Cut the smoked corn and sauté it lightly in olive oil.

  2. Add onions, carrots, and celery and sauté until they become soft.

  3. Pour in vegetable or chicken broth and let it simmer.

  4. Remove some of the smoked corn and crush it to add creaminess.

  5. Add heavy cream or milk and continue to simmer while adjusting the flavor.

  6. Season with salt, pepper, and optionally, herbs and spices to taste.


Smoked Corn Chili Dip

  1. Finely chop the smoked corn.

  2. Dice canned or fresh tomatoes.

  3. Add finely chopped onions, garlic, and red chili pepper. Sauté and simmer thoroughly.

  4. Add the smoked corn and continue to simmer to infuse flavors.

  5. Season with salt, pepper, and optionally, herbs and spices to taste.

  6. Enjoy with tortilla chips or nachos!