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Bacon Wrapped Sweet Corn

Bursting with summertime flavor, this bacon sweet corn wrapped in foil on the grill is easy to make and perfect for your next BBQ or cookout.

After brushing tender steamed corn with garlic butter, we wrap it in bacon strips, cover it in foil and finish cooking it on the grill. The smoky bacon and sweet corn mingle together, and the flavors are irresistible. It’s sure to become a family favorite!

By the way, if you love incorporating the flavor of bacon, be sure to check out our tasty recipe collection of 15 Best Side Dishes with Bacon.

Three ears of fresh sweet corn on the cob wrapped in bacon

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Recipe Features

  • The preparation is super easy.
  • No fancy equipment is needed.
  • You can assemble the corn and wrap it in foil ahead of time. Simply finish it on the grill right before serving.
  • You’ll love watching the reaction when your guests open up the foil and inhale the aroma of bacon and fresh corn!

How to Pick the Best Sweet Corn at the Market

Five ears of unshucked corn

Here are some simple tips for choosing the best fresh corn:

  1. Examine the husks and choose corn with bright green husks.
  2. Look for ears with tightly wrapped husks.
  3. Feel through the husk for kernels that are even and rounded.
  4. Dry or yellowing husks indicate that the corn is past its prime.
  5. Avoid ears with brown spots or holes, which are often caused by bugs.
  6. Avoid the temptation to peel back the husk for a peek. Opening the husk makes the corn dry out quickly and then it becomes wasted.

How to Store Sweet Corn

Store unshucked ears of corn in the refrigerator if you’re not cooking them right away. Keep them in the husk until right before preparing and try to use within 24 hours.

The Best Bacon for Wrapping Corn

Close up of bacon wrapped corn on foil

We like regular thin-sliced bacon for this recipe. It’s just the right thickness for oven-cooking and wrapping around the corn.

If you only have thick-sliced bacon on hand, no problem! Just extend your oven cooking time a little until the bacon is crispy, flexible and almost done before draining it and wrapping it around the corn.

Step by Step Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, line a large baking sheet with foil and top it with a piece of parchment paper.

I like to cut the bacon in two long lengthwise strips before wrapping it around the corn. It cooks more evenly and is easier to wrap.

Scissors cutting a piece of bacon lengthwise in a strip

Arrange the strips of bacon on the prepared baking sheet.

Uncooked bacon on a foil and parchment paper lined baking sheet

Bake until the bacon starts to brown, but is still flexible. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon, but in my oven this took about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain on paper towels.

Partially cooked bacon on a parchment and foil lined baking sheet

While the bacon is cooking, shuck the corn and remove the corn silk. A special corn brush makes this task much easier!

Brushing an ear of uncooked corn on the cob with a corn silk brush

Bring a large pot of water to boiling over high heat and add the corn. Boil until tender.

Six ears of corn cooking in a large pot of boiling water

Drain the corn and blot with paper towels. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Melt the butter and add the garlic, stirring to mix. Brush the corn generously with the garlic butter. A silicone basting brush is perfect for this.

Close up of three ears of corn being brushed with garlic butter

Put each ear of corn in a sheet of aluminum foil. Wrap with several of the bacon strips. I just wrap the strips around and tuck them under the corn, but you can secure them with toothpicks if you like.

One ear of bacon wrapped corn just prior to being wrapped in foil and grilled

Arrange the foil-wrapped corn on the barbecue grill. Cook over medium-high heat, turning frequently, until you hear the bacon sizzling, about 5 minutes.

Six ears of foil wrapped corn on a barbecue grill

Remove from the grill and allow to cool for a few minutes. Open the foil, sprinkle with chopped fresh chives and enjoy!

Bacon wrapped corn on the cob, finished and hot off the grill

How to Eat Bacon Wrapped Corn

We like to alternate bites of the sweet, garlicky corn and smoky, savory bacon. Some people enjoy removing the bacon and eating it separately along with the corn. The bacon flavor infuses the corn, and the bacon absorbs some of the garlic butter. It’s sooo good! If you happen to be grilling hamburgers, you can also put the bacon on your burger.

Recipe Variations

  • Sprinkle the corn with a spicy seasoning salt just before serving. We love Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning.
  • Brush the bacon with sweet barbecue sauce while it’s cooking in the oven.
  • Sprinkle the corn with your favorite chili powder just before serving. Add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like extra spice.

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Let’s Get Cooking! Here’s the Recipe:

bacon wrapped sweet corn close up

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Corn

Eliza Cross
You'll love the flavorful combination of summer fresh sweet corn, garlic butter and smoky, crispy bacon.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Bacon Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 235 kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • paper towels
  • corn silk remover brush
  • large stockpot
  • barbecue grill
  • silicone brush for basting

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound regular sliced bacon
  • 6 ears sweet corn shucked
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with foil topped with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Cut the bacon strips in half lengthwise. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Cook the bacon until lightly browned but still flexible, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain on paper towels.
  • While the bacon is cooking, fill a large pot with water deep enough to cover the corn. Bring to a boil, add the corn, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain the corn on paper towels to dry.
  • Preheat the grill to medium temperature. Tear six sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil large enough to wrap the corn.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic sizzles, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.
  • Arrange each ear of corn on a square of foil and brush all over with the garlic butter.
  • Wrap each ear of corn in several strips of bacon, securing with toothpicks if you wish. Wrap the corn in the foil.
  • Arrange the foil wrapped corn on the grill and cook, turning several times, until you hear the bacon sizzling. Check one to make sure the bacon is brown and remove from the grill.
  • Open foil packets, remove toothpicks if you used them, sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.

Notes

You can prepare the bacon wrapped corn up to an hour in advance, through the step of wrapping the bacon-wrapped corn with foil. Hold on a platter at room temperature until you’re ready to put it on the grill and proceed. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1earCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 260mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6g
Keyword sweet corn, vegetables
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Three ears of bacon wrapped corn on the cob.

This recipe was originally posted on September 19, 2019. It was completely updated with new directions and photos on July 14, 2021.

5 thoughts on “Bacon Wrapped Sweet Corn”

  1. 5 stars
    What a fun twist on traditional corn on the cob! Never thought to make bacon wrapped corn before but this recipe is irresistible!

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  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this side dish is ahhmazing! Anything wrapped in bacon is sure to be hit :) Thanks for the tip of adding the bacon to a burger – genius!

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  3. 5 stars
    Corn wrapped in bacon…does it get any better than that?? I absolutely can’t wait to try this summer side dish!

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  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! We love corn and bacon, and this was such a tasty recipe! This recipe went so well with our dinner the other night and I can’t wait to make this yummy recipe again!

    Reply

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