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hogzillas 12-25-2012 11:06 AM

cornish game hens
I got a couple of cornish game hens to try out. I've never cooked them before but best way to smoke them? Brine for how long? I normally do my chicken in the 300 range after at least a couple hr brine time. How much different does it taste than regular chicken.

code3rrt 12-25-2012 11:36 AM

Flavors a little different, but pretty close, I mean it's poultry right? As small as they are a 1-2 hour brine should do it, then cook hot and fast at 350-375 to IT of 160, shouldn't take long.

IamMadMan 12-25-2012 04:54 PM

I cook them just like chicken.

It's actually an 4-5 week old hybrid chicken bred to have a large breast. If they grow beyond that they are unable to walk due to the over-sized breast. We used to butcher ours at 6 weeks to get beyond the 3lb size.

PatioDaddio 12-25-2012 05:31 PM

Here's a good simple recipe, with a how-to video.

4-Layer Barbecued Game Hens


hogzillas 12-26-2012 11:33 PM

Well I didn't login soon enough to see your tutorial Patio but will consider it for next time.

I smoked them on my weber grill at 300 w/ some cherry chips & B&B lump for 2.5hrs. I brined them in a brine similar to Diva Q citrus brine for 3 hrs then washed/dried/let sit for about 1 hr before seasoning w/ a rub. They came out ok but were on the tough side but temp wise were 160's/180's. Is the toughness due to not brined long enough or just the way the CGH are? The diva Q brine can be done overnight but I normally do several hrs even on breasts but thought that might be too long for a CGH. The dog liked the leftovers so there was one fan of them but then she'd give all 10's to anything set down for her.

PatioDaddio 12-26-2012 11:49 PM

Were you trying to make chicken jerky? :-D You cooked them about twice
as long as you needed.

Live and learn...


hogzillas 12-27-2012 11:27 AM

I was going more by meat temp than time it took from some diff google recipes I'd found googling, it just took that time to reach the 160/180. Well at least the dog ate a good meal so it wasn't a big loss

swinn 12-27-2012 11:55 AM

I did Cornish Hens for Christmas and I cooked 4 of them , it only took about 1 hour and fifteen minutes at 350. I brined mine over night, so they were ridiculously juicy.

K80Shooter 12-27-2012 01:27 PM

I'll second Patio Daddio's 4 layer chicken. I tried it here and it was just wonderful.

On your temp. what kind of thermometer did you use? You might want to try another one or at least check that one. Something seems amiss. It should never have taken that long.

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