The Best Way To Cook Corn On The Cob While Camping Is Also The Most Simple

When it comes to cooking while camping, two things are key: nutrition and simplicity. Preparing food that will sustain you over the course of your camping trip with minimal effort is the goal, and when it comes to corn on the cob, you're hitting both. Corn is a nutritious staple, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it is super easy to prepare. The simplest method? Wrap it in foil and throw it on the campfire grill or charcoal. This method, vetted and recommended by the National Park Service, is a camper's dream. 


To cook corn on the cob while camping, simply remove the husk and the fibers from the corn. Then, rip off a large piece of aluminum foil (arguably the only cooking tool you need for camping). Wrap the corn securely in the foil to keep the steam and flavor in. Once your campfire has burned down to hot coals, place the foil-wrapped corn directly onto the charcoal. If you have a grill, use that if you prefer. 

Cook the corn for about 15 minutes, though you may need longer if your coals are not as hot, or your corn ear is particularly large. To ensure you get an even cook, be sure to rotate the corn every five minutes or so. Once your timer goes off, pull the foil-wrapped corn off and let it cool before you chow down. You'll know it's done when the kernels are tender and easily pierced with a fork. 


The Michelin version: butter and herbs

For a five-star version of the same nutritious and simple corn on the cob, smear the corn with a butter and herb rub before wrapping it in the foil. This adds a burst of flavor and also keeps the corn extra moist. 


All you have to do is combine some room temperature or melted butter with your choice of herbs. Garlic and chives come highly recommended, but some campers have experimented with combinations like soy sauce and butter or lime and cayenne for an extra kick. Importantly, don't forget a dash of salt to really bring out the flavors. 

The best part of this upgrade is it is completely customizable and everyone in the family can choose their own adventure. You can use whatever combination of herbs and spices suits your fancy and you can be as generous or conservative as you like with your additions, depending on whether flavor or calorie intake is your main concern. 

Campfire cooking safety reminders

Even with the perfect campfire build, working with fire is always hazardous and should not be taken lightly. First and foremost, make sure you know your campsite's fire regulations because a massive campfire building mistake could lead to severe consequences. It's also important to make sure a responsible adult is handling the equipment or supervising nearby. 


When it comes to the actual cooking, try to use long tongs to avoid getting too close to the flame and burning your hands or forearms. Also, don't overcrowd the coals or grill with too many pieces. This can be dangerous and also reduces the chance of an even cook. Foil can touch your flames directly, as it can withstand high temperatures, but be sure to keep a steady eye on your setup. 

When removing the foil, let it cool first or use a cloth or heat-resistant gloves to open it, and be mindful of steam. Soon, you can enjoy the simplicity and savor the flavors of your corn on the cob.