BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  The 'Jersey Freshcipes' contest is the hottest thing in the kitchen this summer. TAPinto caught up with contest winner Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates.who served up Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime.

Corn is at its peak int he Garden State from around the Fourth of July through Labor Day making it the perfect 'must serve' for a Jersey Fresh barbecue. Raho says the recipe is "quick and easy and will spice up any backyard BBQ."

"As a Jersey girl who cooks with New Jersey produce all the time, this was an exciting recipe for me to share!" she told us."I'm so happy Jersey Fresh chose it as one of their recipe contest finalists. My fingers are crossed that it can beat out all the other delicious Jersey produce recipes for the grand prize!"

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Ingredients:  

¼ tsp garlic, minced
¼ tsp chili powder
3 tbsp butter
4 ears of corn
1 lime

Method:

For the butter::

  1. Let butter stand at room temperature until soft (not melted-it should still be solid)
  2. Using a spoon mix in the garlic and chili powder
  3. Form the butter into a ball and put back in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes

For the corn: 

  1. Heat grill and place the corn with its husks on the grill racks. Cook for about 10 minutes, turning every 2 or 3 minutes to cook evenly. You'll know its done when the corn deepens in color and starts to slightly char
  2. Rub down the corn with the garlic chili butter and squeeze a slice of a lime over each piece
  3. Now you're ready to serve!           

Optional Step - Remove the silks and inner husk leaves. Pull back the larger leaves from the corn. Using 2 of the back leaves tie the remaining husk together into a bow before grilling. If you prefer to remove the entire husk you can also do so.

Recipe submitted by Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates.

To learn more about Jersey Fresh, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov or follow @JerseyFreshNJDA on Instagram.

To find out more about the Jersey Freshcipes contest read Do You Have a Favorite Jersey Fresh Recipe?

Find Jersey Fresh Corn at a farmers market near you: 

Elizabeth Avenue Farmers' Market @ Union Square

Union Square Plaza, 1 High Street, Elizabeth

Tuesdays, 10 am - 6 pm through November

Scotch Plains Farmers Market 

430 Park Ave., Saturdays, 8am-2pm.

Summit Farmers Market

DeForest Ave.-Corner of Maple Street 

 Sundays, 8:00 am -1:00 pm through Nov. 20 

Township of Union Farmers Market

1976 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083

June 22 - Sept. 28, 2017,  Thursdays, 3pm-7pm

Westfield Farmers' Market

South Avenue Train Station, Westfield

Saturdays, 8:30am - 1:30pm

Chatham Borough

RR Plaza South off Fairmount Ave. 

Saturday through Nov. 18th. 8am-1pm

Madison Farmers Market 

Central Avenue between Main Street and Cook Avenue

Thursdays from 2 - 7 pm, through October

Maplewood Farmers' Market

Corner of Indian St. & Springfield Ave., Municpal Bldg. parking lot, Maplewood, NJ 07040

June 5th - November 20th, 2017,  Mondays, 2 pm - 7 pm

Belmar Fresh

Pyanoe Plaza, 9th & Main St., Belmar, NJ 07719

June 18th - Oct. 1st, 2016,  Saturday, 10am-3pm

Duke Farms' Farm to Table Market

1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough Twp., NJ 08844

May 21st-Oct. 29th, 2017,  Sundays, 12pm-5pm

Green Brook Farmers Market 

Every Tuesday, 3pm-7pm

North Plainfield Farmers Market 

Saturdays 9 - 2

June 24 - September

Bridgewater Farmers Market

Bridgewater Public Library

Sundays 11 - 3 through October