The terms roast and corn may seem incongruous to some readers, as we've become a steamed corn society, or so it seems, but if you've ever had it the way my Dad used to make it, you'd look forward to it every summer, just like I do.
Round about knee high at the 4th of July time, I start to get my cravings for freshly roasted corn. My Dad spoiled me by teaching me how to roast corn and since I've tasted it that way I've become a
I'm sure that my first taste of roast corn was the day before one of our family reunions. You can read about that awesome tradition here (The Yarger Family reunion), but my Dad had another tradition attached to it and that was to hold a small party for his family the day before and to roast some corn at it. You have to be a special kind of crazy to hold a family party the day before a 100-150 person family reunion, but that was just my
|Brother Ace on the grill|
So how do you roast corn? It starts with selecting the right corn. It must be fresh picked that day and larger ears have enough husks to keep them from burning. You'll want to soak them in water for an hour or so before throwing them on the grill. A charcoal fire will give you the best corn but if you have a gas grill, you can use that too. You lay the corn directly on the grill, it's best if you alternate head to tail to fit more on there. Open a beer. What? It's going to take a while to do this, it's a hour long job if you do it right.
|Is a job done right until your wife inspects it?|
My dad used paper plates and 2 quarter sticks of butter to finish the job and I'm a traditionalist so I do the same. By the end of the job you've have corn shaped ridges in the butter, and butter smeared evenly over the corn ears. Sure, they'll be some random bits of black burnt husks stuck in the butter, but that's to be expected. A few years ago someone figured out that you could melt butter and float it on
|At Ace's house roasting corn while he was away|
There is a popular notion that you don't actually eat corn, that you just "borrow" it, but that's about 1/3 correct. Your body, if you are human, cannot digest the outer hull of the corn, it's cellulose and
|That was good, now time for a nap.|