Corn Ribs With Homemade BBQ Sauce

Grilling is getting an upgrade and the key ingredient is corn! We’re taking your summer cookouts to a whole new level with a recipe for Corn Ribs and Homemade BBQ Sauce. These succulent, tender Corn Ribs with a flavorfully seasoned rub are about to become the star of your next barbecue. We’ll show you the secret to perfectly cut corn ribs for maximum crunch and visual appeal. Then, we’ll whip up a Homemade BBQ Sauce from scratch, using pantry staples for a taste that’s smoky, sweet, and perfectly tangy. This dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, leaving everyone asking for seconds (or even thirds).

What are Corn Ribs?

Corn ribs are the vegetarian twist on barbecue that will elevate your spread. This trendy dish takes fresh ears of corn and transforms them into a hand-held side dish. The key to this new recipe lies in the cutting technique. The corn cobs are sliced vertically into thick “ribs” that expose the kernels. They’re then grilled or broiled, and enjoyed with a variety of dipping sauces. To create the best corn ribs, selecting the perfect corn is crucial. Look for ears with fresh, green husks that feel plump and tightly wrapped around the cob. You can also peek inside and ensure the kernels are bright yellow and evenly sized. You’ll want to avoid any ears with dry husks, soft kernels, or any signs of insect damage.

Corn Ribs Recipe

Corn Ribs Ingredients

  • 4 whole corn cobs
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter

Preparation Instructions

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut off the base and then the pointy end of the corn. Stand the corn upright then cut the corn into half then half again to make quarters.
  2. Place corn in a large bowl then toss with olive oil. Then sprinkle with the garlic powder, paprika, sat and pepper, tossing in between, to coat as evenly as possible.
  3. Place corn on the grill kernel side down. Cook for 8 minutes or until you get charred spots.
  4. Transfer corn back into the bowl and after, toss with butter.
  5. Pile onto plate, sprinkle with parsley then grab and eat like ribs!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

BBQ Sauce Preparation Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
  2. Simmer. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce reaches a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer (uncovered) for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly thickened. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recipe and styling by Anna Franklin / Story by Kylie Thomas / Photography by Dave Bryce

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