Spicy Beer Mustard Grilled Sweet Corn

A simple recipe to celebrate summer with sweet corn, Spicy Beer Mustard, a hot grill and also a Charred Corn Relish
Prep Time : 5 minutes
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Cook Time : 10 minutes
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Servings : 6

Summer's Centerpiece - Grilled Sweet Corn

For me, sweetcorn is the centerpiece of summer like the Ferris Wheel is to the carnival.  Our mid-summer menus circle around fresh-from-the-field sweet corn.

The delights of sweet corn inspired James Stevenson to write:

“Why am I happy
that I was Born?
the reason (in season)
sweet corn!”

Sweet corn is woven into the fabric of our country’s heritage. Varieties of corn were propagated by the continent’s Indigenous people who were the first farmers.

The tender, sweet, juicy ears ripen in late July, and I bought my first dozen at 8:00 a.m. from a grower at a curbside stand.

So today is the day I celebrate the Centerpiece of summer with my favorite sweet corn recipe – Buzz Savories Grilled and Charred Corn-on-the-Cob.

I like to grill sweet corn until the kernels char, and then slather each ear of corn with a mixture of Spicy Beer Mustard blended with olive oil, garlic and salt then back to the grill for more charring and more flavor.

The 2nd and equally important piece of the grilled corn story involves a time-saving, crisp, light  and savory Corn Salsa that combines black beans, diced red pepper, green onions and herbs mixed with grilled and charred sweet corn and a savory dressing.

Recipes for Buzz Savories Charred Sweet Corn and Salsa follow:

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Why do beekeepers use smoke?  Smoke calms bees.  When bees sense danger, they release an alarm pheromone called isopentyl acetate from a gland near their stingers. This chemical wafts through the air and alerts other bees to be ready to attack.  Smoking a beehive masks this pheromone, allowing the beekeeper to safely take-off the honey supers.

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Spicy Beer Mustard Grilled Sweet Corn

A simple recipe to celebrate summer with sweet corn, Spicy Beer Mustard, a hot grill and also a Charred Corn Relish
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Light Dinner Meal, tine-saving, vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • grill pan for stove top or grill for outside grilling

What You'll Need:

Spicy Beer Mustard Grilled Sweet Corn

  • 2 Tb. Spicy Beer Mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried minced garlic
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

How To Prepare:

  • Preheat grill on medium heat.
  • Whip together mustard, garlic, salt and slowly add olive oil to form an emulsion
  • Brush corn with olive oil and grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until charred, turning occasionally
  • Brush with Spicy Beer Mustard mixture and grill another 2-3 minutes
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Spicy Beer Mustard Charred Sweet Corn Salsa

A light, tangy relish, a time-saver for picnics, parties and lunch
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Cooking, flavor rich, Lunch, picnic, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

What You'll Need:

Spicy Beer Mustard Charred Sweet Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup (or more if you have it) grilled and charred Spicy Beer Mustard corn cut from the cob
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup red or green or mixed peppers, diced
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped including the fresh green tops
  • ¼ cup cilantro or parsley or basil or oregano, or all together chopped fine

Salsa Dressing

  • 3 Tb. olive oil
  • 3 Tb. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt and more to taste
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper

How To Prepare:

Salsa Dressing

  • Whip together the ingredients
  • Mix them with the corn, black beans, onions, peppers and herbs
  • Serve room temperature or chilled - keeps easily refrigerated for a week or more.

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