In Celebration of National Corn on the Cob Day - 11 June 2022

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Coffee Rub

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Coffee Rub

We love coffee but we also love barbequing!  What could be better than to combine the two into a delicious and (semi) healthy side dish!  In celebration of national Corn on the Cob Day, we pulled out an old favorite and tried it again. 

We've served this Chipotle Coffee Rub Corn on the Cob with chicken, burgers, sausage, and last night with some amazing steaks.  We had some guests that hadn't had it before and it was a huge hit!

This super-simple recipe can be made with spices you probably already have in your pantry so there is no reason not to try it! 

Secret Shortcut: We've put our original recipe below but if you read all the way to bottom of this post you'll discover the shortcut we tried last night that we will use every time from now on!

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Coffee Rub

Who says corn is just for side dishes? This grilled corn on the cob with a chipotle coffee rub is so good, it'll be the star of your next cookout!

Our sweet corn is smothered in a rich, slightly spicy chipotle coffee rub, then grilled to perfection. The result is a delicious, slightly charred flavor that will have you coming back for more. So next time you're looking for a little something extra in your corn on the cob, look no further than our Grilled Corn with Chipotle Coffee Rub. You won't be disappointed.

Servings: 6 Ear

Keywords: Corn, BBQ, side

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins




  • 6 Ears Corn
  • ¾ Stick Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Finely Ground Coffee
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Chipotle Chili (we like to add more tho!)
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Optional Lime Garnish
  • Optional Cotija or Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. This recipe is super simple! Soften your butter by letting it sit out at room temperature for a few hours or zap it in the microwave until it's soft but not melted.
  2. .Blend all of the spices together and stir them into the butter. We used a fork for this to get the butter all coated. 
  3. Coat your shucked corn with the spice and butter mixture. We lather it on generously. 
  4. Finally wrap each ear in a separate piece of aluminum foil. Make sure it is completely sealed so the butter and spice mix doesn't leak out as it cooks. 
  5. All that's left to do is to throw it on a medium heat grill for 10-15 minutes. We like to get it hot with a little charring but not overcooked.  The best way to do it is to pull an ear off the grill, unwrap it carefully (remember there's a lot of butter in there) and see if the kernels are plump with a little char.  
  6. Enjoy it with family and friends!

Our Shortcut Revealed!

As we were searching the pantry for all of the  different spices (and realizing how poorly organized they are) we stumbled upon one of our favorites:  Dan-O’s Hot Chipotle Seasoning!  We mixed 5 tablespoons of that with 1 tablespoon of our fresh roasted 6 Bean Espresso and loved it!  This is our new go-to for this corn.  it was quick, easy, and delicious! 

6 Bean Espresso
6 Bean Espresso
6 Bean Espresso
6 Bean Espresso

6 Bean Espresso


If you like your coffee with a bit of character, our 6 Bean Espresso is the perfect roast for you. Sustainably grown beans from all over the world are combined to create a dark roast that has a smooth, well-rounded body and gentle notes of cinnamon, toasted nut, and cocoa. The velvety blend produces a luscious, even crema when brewed as espresso and a bold cup of drip coffee.


We also have 6 Bean Espresso in K Cups! Find them here!

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