grill ‘em. [grilled corn w. honey-ancho chile butter]

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Corn on the cob was my archenemy in middle school. As many people know, eating corn with braces doesn’t bode well. Therefore, my mom being the lovely mother she was (and is), always sliced it off of the cob for me. But alas, I eventually got my braces off and the eating process became much easier.

Though I love classic-style corn on the cob with salt and butter, this honey-ancho chile butter really spices things up. It’s sweet with a pleasant kick from the chile powder. This corn is a great side dish for any summer meal.

Recipe:

8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided, plus more to taste

1 tbsp. ancho chile powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tbsp. honey, plus more to taste

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt

1/4 tsp. granulated garlic or garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

8 ears of corn, husked

Directions:

Melt 2 tbsp. butter in small skillet over medium-low heat. Add chile powder and cumin; stir 10 seconds. Transfer to medium bowl; stir in honey and cool.

Add oregano, coarse salt, granulated garlic, onion powder, and 6 tbsp. butter to butter mixture. Mix until smooth. Cover and chill butter. Serve at room temperature.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill corn until charred in spots, turning often, about 13 minutes. Transfer corn to platter. Serve with honey-ancho butter.

*Recipe from Epicurious.com

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  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angiesrecipes

    Love those grilled fresh corns! Scrumptious!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Grilling the corn gives it such a great flavor!

  • http://insideabritishmumskitchen.blogspot.com Mary

    Lovely, lovely flavors, perfect summer recipe – my girls LOVE corn and are all delighted to have their braces off too!
    Mary x

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Ah, yes. Life became much better without a metal mouth! Thanks Mary!

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    I love the seasoning you chose, and those blackened kernels look seriously good. Plus, talk about a sweet mother.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Isn’t she a sweetie? Gotta love her. The charred parts on the corn were the best.

  • http://gravatar.com/spicegirlfla spicegirlfla

    I think I need to speak with my daugher as I’m STILL cutting the kernels off her cob!! I love your flavor combinations in the butter, seems like just enough heat from the ancho chile powder and sweetness with the honey; really nice mix.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Haha! I do still like it that way, but it’s much more fun to eat it on the cob. I forgot to use corn holders, so this butter made the eating process a bit messy, but SO worth it!

  • http://thefooddoctor.wordpress.com thefooddoctor

    I bet those flavors just take it to the next level..
    What I wouldn’t give to try one out ..yum

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      They really did–sweet with a kick of spice!

  • http://www.withmilkandflour.blogspot.com Mandy @ Withmilkandflour

    Fab recipe, must try this next time we have a BBQ. A friend once showed me a way of eating corn on the cob without it getting stuck in my teeth, makes eating it so much more enjoyable!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I’m intrigued, Mandy. I would love to hear about this technique, as I still manage to get it stuck in my teeth! I’m sure it would make eating the corn much better. :)

      • http://www.withmilkandflour.blogspot.com Mandy @ Withmilkandflour

        Well you basically slide your bottom teeth under a row of the corn and push upwards, and the kernels loosen from the cob. It sounds weird and you may get afew strange looks but you’ll avoid the corn stuck in between your teeth situation!

      • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

        Brilliant! I’m definitely going to try it out next time. :)

  • http://www.inspirededibles.ca Kelly

    Mmm… have not tried ancho in butter – sounds wonderfully yummy and the corn looks great!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I actually hadn’t either! It’s nice to switch it up once in a while–I typically only eat corn with butter and salt, or sometimes nothing at all, if it’s fresh and sweet enough.

  • http://ingoodtasteblog.net/ Maris(In Good Taste)

    That butter sounds amazing with a capital A!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      The capital A would definitely be necessary when describing the butter!

  • http://sinfullyspicy.wordpress.com Tanvi

    I m on a fresh corn roll these days- This is such a healthy & perfect snack- usually I slather my grilled corn with lime juice only- this butter- yum yum!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Mmm but lime juice sounds equally fantastic! I’ve actually never tried that. I always just stick to plain butter and salt. I’m sure I’ll be eating plenty more corn this summer, so I’ll give that a go next time. :)

  • http://fitgirlfoodie.wordpress.com Jenny

    I am definitely big on corn in the summer grilling months. The honey ancho butter sounds like an amazing pairing :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Isn’t it the best summer meal/side dish? Perfect for bbqs!

  • http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.wordpress.com ChefMom

    Oh Caroline! This looks so good. I love the ancho chile powder selection, and I just bought a fresh batch of local honey yesterday. I think I know what to put on my next batch of corn on the cob. :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Well, how prefect is that!? Let me know if you give it a go. The chile powder was definitely a prominent flavor in the butter, so I adjusted the seasoning a bit (adding more honey & butter if needed).

  • http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com Courtney

    Ohhhh, yum! Those look amazing!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Thanks Courtney!!

  • http://caitsplate.me Cait’s Plate

    Oh MAN that looks delicious! I’m loving corn on the cob this summer – I literally have not gone a week without it :)

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I’m right there with ya, Cait. Can’t resist fresh corn on the cob in the summer!

  • http://www.fromthelittleyellowkitchen.com Chrissy

    Caroline this is such a great flavor to slap on corn! Yup, we’re doing it.

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      Haha! Thanks so much, Chrissy. Let me know how it turns out if you try it! :)

  • http://thecompletecookbook.wordpress.com thecompletecookbook

    What a fantastic butter – fabulous – taking corn on the cob to a whole new yumminess!
    :-) Mandy

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      I agree, it really amps up the average corn on the cob with plain butter. Thanks Mandy!

  • http://fathomlessmystery.wordpress.com Melissa

    Can’t wait to try this!! I think I may add this to our July 4th menu. Thanks!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      It would be perfect for the 4th! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. :)

  • http://fiveeurofood.com/ Charles

    Haha, 20 years ago my sister had a friend whom my father and I used to mock mercilessly (in private obviously! We weren’t mean enough to do it to her face!) – the poor girl had braces as well and so she was always known has sweetcorn teeth – ouch! Luckily I never had to undergo this trauma myself! What’s ancho chili powder? Basic chilli powder with dried anchovies?

    • http://fiveeurofood.com/ Charles

      Derp, please excuse my ignorance… ancho chile powder has nothing to do with anchovies, as I just found out, lol :D

      • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

        Haha sweetcorn teeth–poor thing! You’re very fortunate that you never had to go through the braces phase. Expensive, unattractive and inconvenient! But, I’m glad I got them because otherwise, I’d still have a gap between my two front teeth.

        Too funny re the ancho chile powder–glad you found out what it is. :)

      • http://fiveeurofood.com/ Charles

        Sorry, it won’t let me reply to your comment – in fact, I had some sort of “retainer” type thing… clipped over the front two teeth and round the back… not the full, glued on wirey thing, thank God. I broke it twice because it was always in my pocket, never in my mouth… after being harshly scolded by my dentist he gave up in the end :p

  • http://sweetandcrumby.wordpress.com Geni – Sweet and Crumby

    Ancho chile butter? Seriously?! That sounds out of this world delicious. I must grill some corn up immediately!

    • http://sweetcarolinescooking.wordpress.com Caroline

      You’re too funny, Geni. I highly suggest it! Definitely out of this world yummy. :)

  • http://www.fromthelittleyellowkitchen.com Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen

    That looks amaaaazing! I love the honey aspect. Honey on corn. I’m doing it! Mmm

  • http://thefatkidinside.wordpress.com Erwan Heussaff

    now this is what i call comfort food

  • http://scholasticfood.wordpress.com scholasticfood

    This looks delicious–we recently stopped cutting the corn off the cob for my younger brother. No more braces!

  • http://angsarap.wordpress.com rsmacaalay

    I love grilled corn, they taste so much better but I usually use plain butter. After looking at your butter recipe, it looks like I wanna drop by tommorow at the supermarket to buy corn just to try your butter out.

  • http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Barefeet In The Kitchen

    Our corn is going to be ready to harvest next month. I can hardly wait. I just saved this recipe to try later. Thanks! I love your blog, btw. Your photos are terrific.

  • http://www.purecomplex.com Kay aka Babygirl

    Grilled corn is just the best and when you add anything like this honey-ancho chile butter.. the corn will taste even better. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  • http://thedrivencook.wordpress.com thedrivencook

    Oh my goodness, that butter looks divine! I never would think of that combination- thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.fitapproach.com Jamie Walker

    I’ve never seen anyone make corn look so beautiful! haha! Great photos. And great idea!

  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    Another new spin on a classic. Well done!

  • http://smartfoodandfit.com Lisa {smartfoodandfit}

    I love grilled corn! The seasoning looks good too, never thought of using honey. I’m going to try it thanks!

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  • http://foodblogandthedog.wordpress.com foodblogandthedog

    I’m so excited about this, I’ve just bought a new chargrill pan and am now obsessed with cooking everything on it! This sweetcorn is definitely on the list now, I love the spices, mouthwatering!! :D

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