It’s me again with a new post. Hope everyone had a great and enjoyable summer with plenty of activities and long lasting memories. Last month I had the privilege to interview at the Rock Ranch in Barnesville, Georgia for a Food Service Director position. It’s a very interesting place that is founded by Truett Cathy, owner and founder of Atlanta’s own Chick-Fil-A restaurants which I love their ice cream ( ice dream) which is the closest thing to hand cranked homemade ice cream I enjoyed as a kid spending my summers in Northern Louisiana with relatives. During my interview one of the interview panelist asked me if I was to create a signature food item for the Rock Ranch what would it be. I thought for a minute and thought of sweet, fresh grilled yellow corn boiled in a savory hot liquid with water, organic milk, sweet butter, sugar, salt and pepper simmering lightly for 90 minutes with the shuck peeled back and silk removed upside down. Then place the corn on a hot grilled with lump charcoal and hickory wood for 15 minutes turning every few minutes to embody the essence of the wood and then slathering some fresh made honey butter made with the Rock Ranch’s own homegrown honey, fresh churn butter with a hint of paprika and cayenne pepper just to balance the sweetness of the honey and the butter. The panel was wooed and ready for some right then. Well, I didn’t get the job but that corn was on my grille that next week and a hit for dinner that evening. Here it is and the recipe. Goes well with some nice grilled ribeye steaks with some nice marbling with some Montreal Steak Seasoning, salad of mesculin greens with olive oil vinaigrette. Make sure the corn is the #1 highlight though! Enjoy!
Grilled Corn with Fresh Honey Butter
Fresh Corn 6-8 ears, silk removed, husk left intacted
Water 1.5 gallon
Butter 1 lb.
Sugar 1 cup
Organic Milk 2 quart
Salt and Pepper to taste
Add water, milk, sugar, salt and pepper into large pot and bring to a full boil. Add butter and let melt completely. Take corn and pull back husk only, don’t tear off. Place in large pot with top down first with bottom up. Keep on low boil and simmer for 75- 90 minutes. You will know the corn is ready when you begin to smell the perfume of its natural sweetness in the last 10 to 15 minutes of simmering. Take out and place immediately on hot grill turning every 3-4 minutes to prevent from burning. Take honey butter and slather some over each piece of corn. Pay close attention to prevent flare ups. Remove corn from grill and transfer to plate. Serve and enjoy! Make sure you savor the taste and allow the juiciness from the corn to run down your arm, its okay. Food is life…enjoy!
1/2 cup Grade A blossom honey
1 lb. Sweet Butter, room temperature, softened
1.5 tbsp Paprika
2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Mix honey and butter with whisk or wooded spoon until well incorporated. Add paprika, cayenne pepper.
Go and check out The Rock Ranch for their fall festival and events
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