Recipe: Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob

Sep 2, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: Appetizer Recipes, Recipes, Side Dish Recipes
Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob

Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob

There are hundreds of similar recipes to this online.  But this Bald Gourmet version was inspired from my honeymoon in Anguilla, where we ordered the Chili Queso Corn on the Cob appetizer at Picante Restaurant.  Their version had plenty of cayenne in it, and was covered with grated Parmesan cheese.  It was good, but could have been better.  When we came home, we decided to create a better version using more authentic ingredients.  And thus our Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob was born.  The smokey flavor comes from both smoked paprika and chipotle pepper sauce.  It is perfect made from fresh picked-from-field corn, and is the perfect summer BBQ item to go with grilled shrimp, beef, chicken, or prickly pear!

How to Make Corn on the Cob with Cotija Cheese, Chili, and Lime

Chili Compound Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Corn Ingredients

  • 8 ears of fresh corn, husks peeled back and tied with twine
  • 10 ounce package Cotija Cheese, finely grated
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (1/8 pieces)

Mix compound butter by placing all the Chili Compound Butter ingredients in a bowl and whisk with a fork until well combined.

Smokey Chili Compound Butter

Smokey Chili Compound Butter

Peel the husks back on each ear of corn, leaving them attached.  Tie the husks with butchers twine.  This makes for a cool presentation when serving, and doubles as a perfect handle when eating your corn.

Tie Corn Husks with Twine

Tie Corn Husks with Twine

Heat grill to hot, between 400-500°, and place corn directly on the grill, keeping most of the husk off the grill.

Cook Corn Directly on Grill

Cook Corn Directly on Grill

Turn the corn every 3 minutes a quarter turn, basting with chili butter with each turn.  The kernels should get well caramelized, with some black spots.

Baste Corn with Chili Compound Butter While Grilling

Baste Corn with Chili Compound Butter While Grilling

Grill Corn Until Caramelized

Grill Corn Until Caramelized

At the last turn, you should have enough butter left to baste each ear as you remove them from the grill prior to serving.  The combination of cooked butter and raw melted butter is fantastic, so make sure you baste just before serving.

Rub each cob with the grated cotija cheese, getting as much cheese as you can to stay on each ear.

Rub Cotija Cheese on Grilled Corn

Rub Cotija Cheese on Grilled Corn

Squeeze with fresh lime and serve hot.

Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob Front

Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob Front

 

Recipe by Jothan and Sadie Yeager, August 2013

 

The Bald Gourmet adapts a Mexican corn recipe eaten while at a Mexican restaurant in the Caribbean, making it tastier and more authentic.

 

Recipe: Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob
 
There are hundreds of similar recipes to this online. But this Bald Gourmet version was inspired by our honeymoon in Anguilla, where we ordered the Chili Queso Corn on the Cob appetizer at Picante Restaurant. Their version had plenty of cayenne in it, and was covered with grated Parmesan cheese. It was good, but could have been better. When we came home, we decided to create a better version using more authentic ingredients. And thus our Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob was born. The smokey flavor comes from both smoked paprika and chipotle pepper sauce. It is perfect made from fresh picked-from-field corn, and is the perfect summer BBQ item to go with grilled shrimp, beef, chicken, or prickly pear!
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 8 ears of fresh corn, husks peeled back and tied with twine
  • 10 ounce package Cotija Cheese, finely grated
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (1/8 pieces)

Instructions
  1. Mix compound butter by placing butter, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, Tabasco Sauce, and cilantro in a bowl and whisk with a fork until well combined.
  2. Peel the husks back on each ear of corn, leaving them attached. Tie the husks with butchers twine. This makes for a cool presentation when serving, and doubles as a perfect handle when eating your corn.
  3. Heat grill to hot, between 400-500°, and place corn directly on the grill, keeping most of the husk off the grill.
  4. Turn the corn every 3 minutes a quarter turn, basting with chili butter with each turn. The kernels should get well caramelized, with some black spots.
  5. At the last turn, you should have enough butter left to baste each ear as you remove them from the grill prior to serving. The combination of cooked butter and raw melted butter is fantastic, so make sure you baste just before serving.
  6. Rub each cob with the grated cotija cheese, getting as much cheese as you can to stay on each ear.
  7. Squeeze with fresh lime and serve hot.

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