Here in Florida, corn season starts early. Right now every grocery store has a ton of fresh Florida sweet corn that’s ridiculously cheap. In fact, I’ve been serving an ear of corn as a side dish with dinner almost every night.
A simple grilled ear of sweet corn with butter is one of my favorite things. It’s so fresh, delicious and of course, fun to eat. But this year I’ve been experimenting with different flavors for my corn. The other day I found this great recipe for Florida Sweet Corn with Southern Barbecue Butter on the Fresh From Florida site. I couldn’t wait to try it.
So yesterday I decoded to make BBQ chicken along with this BBQ Butter sweet corn. And first I have to say, why didn’t I think of this?!? BBQ sauce, butter and sweet corn is one of the best things I’ve ever put in mouth, no joke. And it was so simple to make!
Here I started with sweet white corn. They also have local sweet yellow and bicolor corn. I prefer the white when I can find it. I started by grilling the corn as my chicken grilled. Then after basting my chicken, I also basted my corn with the BBQ butter mixture. It was so simple to make!
It’s so easy to eat fresh, local fruits and vegetables here in Florida because our growing season is all year long. The mild temperatures here in Florida allows for us to have have fresh fruits and vegetables all year. Eating these fresh, seasonal items means foods are fresher and tastier, and the nutritional value is optimized. It encourages a diverse diet that is often more economical and harmonizes with nature’s production cycle.
To find the freshest foods, make sure to look for the Fresh From Florida logo. This way you’ll be sure that the produce is local and fresh. You can find this logo in the produce department, the seafood department and in your favorite local Florida restaurants. So what’s in season right now? Lots of stuff! In May we have fresh:
For this recipe I used fresh Florida Sweet Corn. Florida sweet corn is really cheap right now, so I’ve been serving it nearly every night. It’s so sweet and flavorful. I love to experiment with new corn recipes like this one. This afternoon, I found this great recipe for Florida Sweet Corn with Southern Barbecue Butter on the Fresh From Florida site. This corn makes a wonderfully side dish any time of the week.
You can head over to the Fresh From Florida site and view some great recipes that utilize fresh seasonal Florida produce and seafood. Be sure to check back often because they update the site with seasonal recipes. Or, next time you are dining out or shopping for groceries, look for the Fresh From Florida logo to make sure that your food selections are fresh, healthy and support your local community. Be sure to connect with Fresh From Florida on Facebook and Fresh From Florida on Twitter too!
Yield: Serves 4
Preheat oven broiler on high, or grill to medium.
In small saucepan over low heat, combine barbecue sauce and butter until melted and smooth.
Place sweet corn in a medium-sized baking dish and pour barbecue mixture over sweet corn.
Broil sweet corn for 5-10 minutes, 4 inches from broiler, being sure to watch the whole time. Or grill for about 10 minutes, or until desired doneness.
Turn and baste the sweet corn until golden.
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