Aug 15, 2008

Smoky Lobster Tails and Corn on the Cob Recipe from Weber's Art of the Grill™ by Jamie Purviance

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Serves: 4 // Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: 32 to 41 minutes | Special equipment: metal or bamboo skewers

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 4 ears fresh corn, in husks

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 4 lobster tails, each 6 to 8 oz

Oil and Spices

  • .25 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • .5 tsp kosher salt


  • 1 cup unsalted butter

Special Equipment

  • 8 metal or bamboo skewers


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 ears fresh corn, in their husks, silk trimmed
  • 4 lobster tails, each 6 to 8 ounces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes.

  2. In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt the butter until foam rises to the top and the milk solids settle at the bottom. Remove from the heat. Using a spoon, carefully skim off the foam. Pour about ½ cup of the clarified (drawn) butter into a small cup; reserve the rest for a dipping sauce.

  3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F). 

  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the corn over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the kernels are tender, 25 to 30 minutes, turning three or four times. Use gloves to remove husks and silk.

  5. Place each lobster tail, shell side down, on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut lengthwise through the center of the tough underside of the tail, but do not cut into the flesh. Thread two skewers lengthwise through the flesh of each tail. Lightly brush the flesh with the butter in the cup. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Grill the lobster tails, shell side down, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, just until the flesh turns opaque and the shell is bright red, 7 to 11 minutes.

  7. Using a large knife, split each lobster tail lengthwise through the shell to better expose the flesh. Serve warm with the corn and the reserved drawn butter.

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