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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Roasted Corn

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. + soaking Grill: 25 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jan. 29, 2022
In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“


  • 6 large ears sweet corn in husks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Carefully peel back corn husks to within 1 in. of bottom; remove silk. Rewrap corn in husks and secure with kitchen string. Soak corn in cold water for 1 hour.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill corn, covered, over medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Remove string before serving.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Add the garlic, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and chili powder. Serve with grilled corn.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 163 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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