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Fun Ways to Cook Corn | Campfire Cooking Ideas

Two ears of roasted corn.

Rada Mfg. Co. is located in Waverly, Iowa.  In Iowa we are known for our farmlands and more specifically corn production. While most of the corn grown is not popcorn or sweet corn, there are some gardeners that chose to grow those varieties of corn!

Our Rada Cutlery kitchen team prepared two “corn” recipes from our new cookbook that will be released in August called, Over A Fire. This cookbook is divided into two sections for camp fire cooking.

We took two recipes from the “cooking hobo style” section of the cookbook.  This type of cooking usually involves some sort of bag or tin foil, cooking food directly over the fire or on a grate.

The first recipe is Hobo Roasted Corn – an easy recipe to make over a campfire and is a fun way to get kids to eat their vegetables.


Sweet corn still in the husks

Salt to taste

Butter to taste


Carefully pull back the corn husks partway

Clean off the silk and rinse ears.  You can salt lightly the corn, if desired.

Replace husk to cover kernels.

Place ears on a bed of hot coals or grill grate and cook for 12 to 20 minutes or until tender while rotating ears a quarter turning every 3 to 5 minutes.

Peel off the husk and spread kernels with butter to your taste and enjoy.


This second recipe is a fun way to cook Hobo Popcorn over a campfire.

Hobo Popcorn Ingredients


Heavy-duty aluminum foil.

1 Teaspoon of vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon of popcorn kernels

Margarine or butter to taste

Salt to taste

A long stick


Cooking Hobo Popcorn over the fire


Cut one 18″ square of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

In the center of the square, pour 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon popcorn kernels.

Bring corners of foil together to make a pouch and seal edges. Be sure to leave room for popcorn to pop and expand.

Tie the pouch to a long stick with a string.

Hold pouch over hot fire and shake constantly until all corn has popped. Make sure the bag and the string are not touching the fire.

Season with squeeze margarine and salt to taste and enjoy.

Spice up your Hobo Popcorn by trying these other seasonings:

Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning mix and add 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts

Popped Hobo Popcorn


Drizzle with melted almond bar, chocolate chips or peanut butter


Sprinkle with chili powder, garlic salt, onion salt or sugar


Toss in a handful of M & M’s

For more campfire cooking ideas and recipes visit the cookbook section of our website at

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Hobo Popcorn Collage