I had some frozen corn on the cob the other day and wanted to see if there was a way to make it really good by smoking it. I knew it would dry out if I just put it in there with nothing protecting the kernels so I wrapped it in bacon.. and that's where you say, “of course you did!”.

It turned out so well that I wanted to share the method. Here's what I did:

Step 1: Cut the Cobs in Half

If the corn is not already cut, cut the cobs in half. It makes them easier to manage, it reduces waste and it's the perfect size for a single strip of stretched bacon to wrap around it.


Step 2: Coat with Oil

Brush on some olive oil or use spray oil to make it easy. This moisturizes the corn and gives the rub a good surface to stick to.

I used spray olive oil.


Step 3: Sprinkle on Rub

Sprinkle Jeff's original rub (purchase recipe here) onto the corn all the way around.


Step 4: Wrap with Bacon

Bacon is about 10-12 inches long when it comes out of the package. To make it thin and to make it long enough to wrap all the way around the corn several times from end to end, stretch it to about 18 inches long.

Note: this is the distance from your middle finger to your elbow (don't ask me how I know that).


Wrap starting at one edge and continue wrapping with as little overlap as possible until you get to the other end.

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If there is some kernels showing, it's not the end of the world.


Step 5: Smoke ‘Em

Place the bacon wrapped corn cobs in the smoker directly on the grate.

Let them smoke for about 1 to 1.5 hours at 275°F or until the bacon is done and the kernels feel soft and juicy when squeezed lightly.


Step 6: Enjoy

Put on a bib, roll up your sleeves and go to town! It's ok if the corn juice runs down your chin.

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13 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kellog October 20, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    This recipe came from the mind of a genius. It is awesome. Works well on my Weber Kettle. Thanks Jeff.

  2. Mark August 24, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Hi Jeff…how do you think this would this work with fresh corn instead of frozen ?

  3. Jamie Harkleroad July 3, 2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

    I saw your corn recipe and thought you might one that I do. Real simple and very tasty. Smother in butter salt and pepper on alumina foil. Then I use jarred jalapeno then use 3-4 table spoons of the juice. Wrap then put on the grill rolling often to get the butter all over the corn.

  4. Roy Wolfe January 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Jeff, I seasoned my new Masterbuilt vertical smoker the other day with the vents wide open. Could not get the temp. below 350° unless I cracked the door a little. Any suggestions? First time smoker.


  5. gary d January 8, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    not my cup of tea but threw what was left of bacon on top of chicken quarters and it took it up another notch. I always put a small pork roast above a turkey I’m smoking. it helps moisten especially with wild turkey and more meat for gang.

  6. Chris January 8, 2016 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Jeff- did you prep the bacon wrapped corn frozen or did you thaw first?

    • Jeff Phillips January 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      I ran some warm water over each piece for about 5 seconds to remove the ice crystals but you could just leave it sitting out for 30 minutes and it would be fine.

  7. Chad January 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    This ha nothing to do with the corn but when I smoke chicken it always comes out with a black skin and never looks like yours. It’s not burnt and taste good but I was wondering what I might be doing wrong

    • Jeff Phillips January 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      This could be creosote which usually means you need to open the vents a little more to allow more air through your smoker. More air lets the smoke exit quickly before it has a chance to leave creosote on the meat.

      I assume you are talking about a black oily substance rather than a black crispy surface from being too hot or too much direct heat.

      • Chad January 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

        Yes that is exactly what is doing. I will try opening the vents more. Thank you

  8. Norman B Wilson January 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Looks very good wil try on my traeger thank you for having a Traeger helps me a lot.

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