Smoked Cornish Hens Recipe

Smoked Cornish Hens Recipe

Smoked Cornish Hens Recipe is a popular delicious and easy-to-prepare chicken dish that you can serve at home. The hens are marinated in a delicious mixture of herbs and spices, and then they’re grilled to perfection. The smoke will give the hens a delicious flavor and a crispy skin This recipe is perfect for a summer BBQ, or for any special occasion. 

Smoked Cornish Hens are a perfect entrée for any gathering. They are easy to prepare, and they lend themselves well to a variety of sauces and toppings. This recipe will show you how to smoke them using simple ingredients and a smoker. The smoked cornish hens will be juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. The smoke from the bird fills your home with a delicious smell and flavor.

Smoked Cornish Hens are a delicious and easy meal that can be prepared in a hurry. The meat is rich and juicy, and the skin is crispy and flavorful. They come out delicious and moist – perfect for a Thanksgiving feast. They make a great meal on their own or as part of a larger barbecue menu. 

How To Make Smoked Cornish Hens

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy recipe that will impress your guests, then Smoked Cornish Hens is the perfect dish for you! This recipe is simple to follow and will result in perfectly smoked hens that your guests will love. All you need is some chicken broth, Italian bread, pepper, salt, celery (finely diced), and butter. Serve the smoked cornish hens with your favorite dipping sauce or sides.

Ingredients

  • 4 cornish hens
  • 3 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Chicken Rub (recipe in the notes section)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

STUFFING

  • 1 loaf of Italian bread (sliced into 1/2 inch thick strips that are no longer than 2 inches)
  • 1 pound sage sausage (casing removed)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup granny smith apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 4 stalks of celery (finely diced)
  • 1 small white onion (finely diced)
  • 2 Tablespoons sage (chiffonade)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Step By Step Instructions To Make Smoked Cornish Hens

Step 1

Ensure your grill is preheated to 325 degrees F and set it up for indirect cooking (meaning there are no direct flames underneath the grates). You can cook with light hardwoods such as alder, maple, pecans, or apples in a smoker.

Step 2

Add sage sausage to a Dutch oven and brown over medium-high heat. 

Step 3

Adding the diced onion and celery to the butter and cooking for about 3-4 minutes will turn the onion and celery translucent. Add sage, salt, pepper, apples, cranberries, bread, chicken broth, and eggs to the pan and remove it from the heat.

Step 4

In the cavities of the Cornish hens, stuff the bread mixture. Cast iron skillets or small ramekins can be used for any additional stuffing.

Step 5

Add the Chicken rub to the mayonnaise in a small bowl. To evenly distribute the seasoning paste, use a rubber spatula or the backside of a spoon to pat the outside of the hens dry.

Step 6

Cook the Cornish hens on the grill, breast side up, with the stuffing pan on top. You need to cook it for 45-60 minutes. In both the thickest parts of the breasts and the stuffing, you want an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Place the Cornish hens on your serving platter and let them rest for five minutes (without covering them).

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article about smoked cornish hens. This is a great recipe to serve at a holiday party or to use as an appetizer for your next dinner party. All in all, it’s a great meal to make for your family, and it will be sure to impress! If you liked this blog, please share it with your friends and family, and be sure to leave us a comment if you have any additional questions!

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Smoked Cornish Hens Recipe

Smoked Cornish Hens Recipe

All you need is some chicken broth, Italian bread, pepper, salt, celery (finely diced), and butter. Serve the smoked cornish hens with your favorite dipping sauce or sides.They make a great meal on their own or as part of a larger barbecue menu. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cornish hens
  • 3 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Chicken Rub (recipe in the notes section)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
STUFFING
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread (sliced into 1/2 inch thick strips that are no longer than 2 inches)
  • 1 pound sage sausage (casing removed)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup granny smith apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 ¼ cups chicken broth
  • 4 stalks of celery (finely diced)
  • 1 small white onion (finely diced)
  • 2 Tablespoons sage (chiffonade)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

Instructions
 

  • Ensure your grill is preheated to 325 degrees F and set it up for indirect cooking (meaning there are no direct flames underneath the grates). You can cook with light hardwoods such as alder, maple, pecans, or apples in a smoker.
  • Add sage sausage to a Dutch oven and brown over medium-high heat. 
  • Adding the diced onion and celery to the butter and cooking for about 3-4 minutes will turn the onion and celery translucent. Add sage, salt, pepper, apples, cranberries, bread, chicken broth, and eggs to the pan and remove it from the heat.
  • In the cavities of the Cornish hens, stuff the bread mixture. Cast iron skillets or small ramekins can be used for any additional stuffing.
  • Add the Chicken rub to the mayonnaise in a small bowl. To evenly distribute the seasoning paste, use a rubber spatula or the backside of a spoon to pat the outside of the hens dry.
  • Cook the Cornish hens on the grill, breast side up, with the stuffing pan on top. You need to cook it for 45-60 minutes. In both the thickest parts of the breasts and the stuffing, you want an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the Cornish hens on your serving platter and let them rest for five minutes (without covering them).
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