In Chef Vivian Howard's Southern version of elote (Mexican grilled corn), grilled cobs are coated with smoky, zest-spiked bacon mayo and Pecorino for a side dish that'll brighten any summer meal. (And keep that extra bacon mayo around for spreading on sandwiches!)
Bacon Mayo: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, bacon fat, and sugar. Use a Microplane to zest the whole lemon; add zest to the bowl. Add juice from half the lemon to the mayonnaise mixture. Whisk to incorporate and set aside.
Corn: Preheat grill to medium-high. Toss corn with olive oil and salt; place the ears perpendicular to the grill grates for better char. Close the lid and grill, 2–3 minutes on each side, until there are spots of caramelized kernels, 8–10 minutes total.
Assembly: Use a pastry brush to paint the bottom of a platter (large enough to hold the corn in an even layer) with a generous layer of Bacon Mayo, about ¼ cup. Place corn onto the platter. Season with a large pinch of salt, then brush the tops and sides with more Bacon Mayo so the corn is coated on all sides. Transfer corn to a serving platter, brush with more Bacon Mayo and another pinch of salt on top. Evenly sprinkle the cheese over the corn and finish with paprika before serving.