cowboy corn butter sauce

Corn on the cob is a barbecue classic, but have you ever thought about taking it to the next level? Meet Cowboy Corn, a tantalizing twist on a familiar favorite. With the addition of a savory cowboy butter sauce, this dish is bound to become your new go-to for any gathering. Let’s dive into this step-by-step guide and turn your corn into a culinary masterpiece.

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Introduction to Cowboy Corn

Cowboy Corn is a flavor-packed version of the traditional grilled corn on the cob. What makes it exceptional is the luscious cowboy butter sauce, which adds a rich, savory kick to each bite. This easy corn recipe is perfect for summer cookouts, family dinners, or whenever you crave a delicious side dish. Combining the smokiness of grilled corn with the robust flavors of cowboy butter, this recipe is a must-try for corn enthusiasts.

Ingredients for Cowboy Corn

Here’s what you’ll need to create Cowboy Corn:

For the Corn:

  • 4 ears of fresh corn on the cob, husked
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Cowboy Butter Sauce:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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How to Prepare Cowboy Butter Sauce

The cowboy butter sauce is the highlight of this recipe. It’s a versatile, flavor-packed butter blend that’s perfect not just for corn but also for steaks, seafood, and vegetables. Here’s how to whip it up:

Step 1: Gathering the Ingredients

Begin by gathering all the ingredients for the cowboy butter sauce. Ensure the butter is softened to room temperature for easy mixing. Fresh herbs are ideal for the best flavor, but dried herbs can be used if necessary.

Step 2: Cooking the Cowboy Butter Sauce

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the softened butter with minced garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, parsley, chives, dill, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. Season the butter mixture with salt and pepper to taste, adjusting the seasoning as needed.
  3. Once the butter sauce is well-blended, set it aside. You can refrigerate it for later use, but remember to bring it back to room temperature before serving.

Grilling and Serving Cowboy Corn

With the cowboy butter sauce ready, it’s time to grill the corn. Grilling adds a smoky flavor and a delightful charred texture that pairs beautifully with the rich butter sauce.

Step 1: Grilling the Corn

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Clean the grill grates thoroughly to prevent sticking.
  2. Brush the husked corn on the cob with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the corn directly on the grill grates. Grill the corn, turning occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until the kernels are tender and lightly charred.
  4. Remove the grilled corn from the grill and transfer it to a serving platter.

Step 2: Serving and Enjoying

  1. While the corn is still hot, generously brush each ear with the cowboy butter sauce. The heat from the corn will melt the butter, allowing it to seep into the kernels.
  2. For an extra touch of flavor, sprinkle additional chopped herbs on top of the corn.
  3. Serve the cowboy corn immediately while it’s warm and enjoy!


Cowboy Corn is a delightful way to transform your grilled corn on the cob. The cowboy butter sauce, with its mix of garlic, herbs, and spices, turns simple corn into an extraordinary side dish. This easy corn recipe is perfect for any barbecue or family meal and is sure to impress your guests.

Whether you’re an experienced grill master or just starting out, Cowboy Corn is a must-try recipe that will quickly become a favorite. Try it at your next barbecue, and enjoy the rave reviews from your guests. Bon appétit!

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