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Just TRY to stay away from this easy-to-make and delicious buffalo corn. Vibrant, juicy corn is grilled until it chars and develops a smoky flavor, then it's smothered in a buttery buffalo sauce and sprinkled with blue cheese and fresh herbs. It's the perfect BBQ side dish that everyone will love!
Grilled corn is a classic summer side dish – when cooked on the grill, the natural sugars in the corn caramelize to highlight the sweet notes with smoky undertones. In this buffalo corn recipe, the corn is generously basted in the sauce, and then the rest of the sauce is served on the side for the occasional dip. The blue cheese adds a creamy tang, and the parsley or chives bring some freshness – it's perfection!
The grill transforms this buffalo corn. It's made from these wholesome ingredients:
- Cobs of corn: Shucked corn is grilled then becomes a canvas for the buffalo sauce.
- Cooking oil: To prevent sticking on the grill.
- Buffalo sauce: The saucy trio of salted butter, mayonnaise, and hot sauce come together to make a spicy, tangy sauce for the corn. Use a hot sauce like Tapatio or Frank's.
- Blue cheese: Crumbled blue cheese adds a creamy, tangy contrast to the buffalo sauce.
- Chopped parsley or chives: Fresh herbs bring a burst of freshness.
How to make buffalo corn
Ready to be the most popular guest at the BBQ? Grill the corn, coat it in the buffalo sauce, then sprinkle the cheese and herbs on top before biting down into this flavorful, juicy side dish. These are the instructions:
- Grill: Rub oil over the cobs of corn while the grill fires up, then get to grilling!
- Make the buffalo sauce: The cook time of the corn is around 10 minutes so in the meantime, melt the butter then add the mayo and hot sauce – the mixture transforms into a spicy buffalo sauce. Easy!
- Enjoy: Transfer corn off the grill, brush the corn kernels with the buffalo sauce, and sprinkle with the blue cheese and a little parsley and/or chives.
How to select corn
Corn is just a part of summer, and selecting the perfect corn for grilling makes a difference in the final taste and texture. This is what to look for:
- Husks: Choose corn with bright green, snug-fitting husks. The husk should cover the full ear.
- Feel: The husks should feel moist, and the kernels should feel plump and evenly spaced. It should feel heavy, which indicates well-developed and juicy kernels.
- Silk: Peek between the husk leaves to examine the silk (the thin threads). You're looking for moist, golden-brown silk. If the silk is dry or darkened, leave it behind.
- Smell: The corn should have a sweet, fresh corn – if it has a musty or sour smell, it's not going home!
What to serve with buffalo corn
This summer corn works great as a side dish for grilled mains! Serve it alongside this grilled chicken breast or juicy grilled pork chops. They also work well with burgers, like this southwest veggie burger or a guacamole burger!
Can I substitute the blue cheese?
We love the creamy texture and flavor of blue cheese, but if you're looking for an alternative to use in this buffalo corn recipe, our top picks would be feta cheese or goat's cheese. Both are crumbly with a bit of a tang.
How do I cook this if I don't have a BBQ?
Just use a grill pan skillet on your stovetop!
Can I make this vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free?
Sure, simply use a vegan mayonnaise and your preferred vegan cheese will also make it dairy-free. It already is gluten-free! Just check the labels of any products, particularly the hot sauce, in case there are any additives.
- 6 cobs of corn (shucked)
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons EACH: salted butter, mayonnaise, and hot sauce such as Tapatio or Franks
- ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese (or more! )
- Chopped parsley or chives (to garnish)
- Preheat your grill to medium heat. Rub the oil over the cobs of corn. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning a few times.6 cobs of corn, 1 teaspoon cooking oil
- While the corn is cooking, make the buffalo sauce. Melt the butter then stir in the mayonnaise and hot sauce.2 tablespoons EACH: salted butter, mayonnaise, and hot sauce such as Tapatio or Franks
- When the corn comes off of the grill, brush it with the buffalo sauce then sprinkle with blue cheese and a little parsley and/or chives.Chopped parsley or chives, ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.