There's very little that can improve the flavor of fresh summer corn, but if you had to put your money on one thing, it would certainly be bacon. The Southern fried corn recipe below uses both bacon fat and bacon pieces to add flavor and richness to summer corn. The result is the perfect combination of fresh and hearty.
The type of bacon you choose will flavor the dish heavily, so proceed with caution. Corn is already quite sweet, so choosing a sweeter bacon, such as one glazed in maple, may be overkill. You'll also want to think about texture: If you'd rather have chewy morsels of pork in the corn, choose a thick-cut bacon; for a crisper texture, choose thinner slices.