The Secret to Smoky Grilled Corn Lies in This Spice Rub

Seasoned with classic bold barbecue flavor, this grilled corn will be a home run at your next backyard barbecue. Combined with the charred goodness from the grill, the trifecta of chili powder, cumin and paprika create a spicy, smoky crust that makes this side irresistible. If you've never grilled corn before, don't be alarmed by the pops. Just be sure to turn the ears occasionally to ensure nice, even cooking. Hit it with a squeeze of lime for extra flavor.

Smoky Grilled Corn recipe on a serving tray
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 ½ tablespoons melted unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 6 medium fresh corn ears

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high (about 450°F). Stir together melted unsalted butter, kosher salt, chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin and pepper in a small bowl. Brush mixture evenly over fresh corn ears.

  2. Place corn on grate, and grill, uncovered, until tender and lightly charred, 10 to 12 minutes, turning often. Sprinkle corn evenly with finely chopped fresh chives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
6g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 ear of corn
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 343mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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