How Long To Smoke Corn (And Why)?

How Long To Smoke Corn (And Why)?

Exact Time: 60-75 minutes

Corns prepared by smoking them have a special flavor and aroma. It is one of the most simple recipes and can be made with the least amount of effort. The preparation of corn using a smoker gives it a particularly smoky flavor and zest.

Smoked corn is not just a tasty dish but a nutritious one too. It is rich in calories and one serving of corn would give approximately 133 calories. Corn is a great source of protein (3gm), carbohydrates (18gm), sodium (93mg), fiber (3gm), and also minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.

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How Long To Smoke Corn?

Step In CookingTime Taken
Soaking corn in water2 hours
Soaking wood chips30 minutes
Smoking corn60-75 minutes
Garnishing10-15 minutes

The preparation of smoked corn can take up to three hours in total. However, the main process of smoking corn may take only half the total time, 60-75 minutes. In addition to this, there are many steps involved in the preparation of tender and smoked corn.

If the chef intends to serve their guests extra tender corn, he must soak it. It is best to soak the corns in a large bucket of water or any other suitable container for at least two hours.

If people favor extra seasoning, there are options to include wood chips. A chef can have wood chips to enhance the culinary experiences of its guests and enhance the taste of smoked corn. Similar to corn, wood chips also need to be soaked in water for half an hour.

Before smoking corn, it is essential to pre-heat the smoker. The smoker has to be heated at 250 degrees F or, in other words, 120 degrees C.

The next and most important step in having smoked corn is smoking the corn. Corn needs to be smoked for 30 minutes for each side and then flip it. Thus, in total, smoking corn takes up to an hour and some additional time for smoking sideways.

The next step is garnishing the corn, once it cools down. People can garnish it with various spices like salt, pepper, cilantro, lime, and any other spice of the chef’s choice. This garnishing process takes up to 10-15 minutes.

Why Does Smoking Corn Take So Long?

Smoking corn requires it to be cooked at a slow pace. It is to be kept in mind that the corn is not being roasted but gently smoked. The corn has to be cooked at such a pace that it does not get overcooked but should be edible at the same time.

Smoking corn at low and indirect heat helps to make it tender and softer. Nonetheless, if people want crunchier corn, they can choose to roast the corn at a high or medium flame. This would take very little time and the corn would be ready to eat within 10-15 minutes.

Smoking corn is a better option when the chef has ample time opportunities. It has to be cooked for 30 minutes before flipping it for the other side to be cooked.

In addition to this, there are minor portions of corn that are uncooked on its sideways. Thus, an additional amount of time has to be spent to have wholesomely smoked corn.

There is always the option to soak the corn. This helps to speed up the cooking process. Once the corn is soaked in water, the heat can be increased which would help it to get cooked faster without damaging the corn.

There is also some considerable time spent on heating the smoker in advance, cooling down the corn, and garnishing it.


Preparation of smoked corn can take as long as three hours at times. When smoking the corn to make it tender, can take an hour and sometimes even more. However, the elephant’s share of time in this entire process is consumed when soaking the corn in water, which requires nearly two hours alone.

Smoked corn is a great dish to take delight in with friends and family. A perfect dish for a family get-together or a picnic, the smoked corn has a unique taste and delight of its own.


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