BBQ Corn Ribs


BBQ corn ribs on a plate with garnishing and dip.

There is something special about tucking into a flavourful plate of ribs. Chances are you have enjoyed a variety of ribs; pork, lamb, and beef are three hugely popular options. But have you ever tried BBQ corn ribs? If not, you’re in for an awakening.

BBQ corn ribs on a plate with garnishing and dip.

BBQ Corn Ribs

Blake Hall
Add a delicious twist on the familiar! Simple, easy, and packed full of flavour.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 2 people


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 55 g unsalted butter
  • 35 g Kansas Kick spice rub (or Memphis Red if you don't want the heat)
  • 120 g mayonnaise or vegan mayo
  • 30 g prepared chilli sauce
  • 15 g raw honey
  • 0.5 juice of lime
  • 3 g prepared hot sauce
  • 30 ml extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat the BBQ on high.
  • Shuck your corn and trim the widest end so it is flat. 
  • Stand your corn on the flat, wide end on a cutting board and slice it vertically through the ear's middle.  
  • Slice the two pieces of corn in half. You will have four ribs per ear of corn. Set corn aside and prepare the other ingredients. 
  • Melt butter and mix with Big Dog Spice of your choice.
  • Liberally brush the seasoned butter on the corn ribs.
  • Add olive oil to BBQ and grill for 8 minutes, then rotate and grill for 6 minutes. The corn will be lightly charred, and the ends will curl to mimic the shape of a rib.  
  • While you cook the corn, prepare the mayo sauce by mixing all ingredients together. If you prefer, serve with whipped butter. Remove grilled corn ribs to a platter and sprinkle with the garnish of your choice. 


  • Good optional garnishes include sliced jalapenos, cilantro, cotija cheese (or grana padano), and scallions.
  • Mayonnaise can also be replaced with chilli mayo if you want some extra spice.
Keyword Barbeque, Ribs, Vegetarian
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What Are BBQ Corn Ribs?

BBQ corn ribs are a creative twist on the traditional corn on the cob, and they’re perfect for those who crave that smoky, BBQ flavour.

Yes, you read that correctly: corn ribs. There is no unique anatomy lesson here. Corn ribs are a tender and tasty twist on the 10th most popular vegetable in Australia.

To make them, you start with fresh ears of corn, which are sliced into “ribs” by cutting them lengthwise. These corn ribs are then seasoned with a flavourful mix of spices and sauces, giving them a mouthwatering kick.

Once they’re seasoned, the corn ribs hit the grill. This process adds a really nice smokiness and char to the corn.

These are one of my personal favourite side dishes, and they are sure to add some flavour and fun to your next barbeque. Serve them with any type of grilled meat, even other ribs!

Health Benefits of Corn

There are quite a few health benefits you can derive from eating corn, making it not only a delicious but a nutritious appetiser option.

It’s a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and may even promote eye and digestive health. It is also naturally low-fat, and also contains significant amounts of Vitamin E.

So, what are you waiting for? Get stuck into some of these today!

Pro Tips

Most recipes remind cooks that the freshest ingredients are best. This recipe is no different. Fresh corn ribs are vital if you want to save time and effort when cutting the corn cobs into ribs.

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