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Smoked "Huli Huli" Cornish Hens

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When we were in Hawaii, we went to the North Shore to see the Banzai Pipeline Surfers.  While there, we ate Huli Huli Chicken from a road-side vendor.  Since then, we have made Huli Huli many times.  Today, the admiral mixed up her "Huli Huli" brine that we soaked some cornish hens in for a cpl hours.  I smoked them on the WSM for 2.5 hours over a small load of coals then finished them by removing the center section and placing the grill over the coals that were left and covered them with the kettle lid to crisp the skin.  We served them with a bourbon-orange glaze, corn with cilatro butter, and bacon/teriaki green beans.

 

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post #2 of 15

looks beautiful     whats in the hulu huli brine?

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Originally Posted by miamirick View Post

looks beautiful     whats in the hulu huli brine?



Probably not traditional but here's what she does: water, soy sauce, fresh grated ginger, a couple cloves of garlic smashed, orange juice concentrate, and some veg oil.

 

post #4 of 15

Man them look great.. bet they were tasty... yes the brine sounds real good can you post it icon14.gif?

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Originally Posted by tyotrain View Post

Man them look great.. bet they were tasty... yes the brine sounds real good can you post it icon14.gif?



 

2 quarts water

2 cups soy sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

6 garlic cloves , minced

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

post #6 of 15

Those are beautiful looking birds. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the brine - do you do any kind of rub?

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Originally Posted by Scarbelly View Post

Those are beautiful looking birds. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the brine - do you do any kind of rub?



No rub on our Huli Huli. Just brine and smoke. She adds a couple heaping Tablespoons of orange juice or pineapple juice concetrate to the brine as well ...which is not in the original recipe.  Also, the original recipe calls for the ginger and garlic heated in the oil then added to the water soy sauce mixture.

 

post #9 of 15

Wow, this is great.  On the "to do" list.

 

Thanks

post #10 of 15

The hens look great! This looks like a real good recipe to try. Thanks for sharing it.

post #11 of 15
Looks good
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Now thoses hens look awesome.

post #13 of 15

Now those Huli Huli birds look good! I haven't had any since I lived on the North Shore, years ago! Thanks for the recipe!

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Originally Posted by Bama BBQ View Post



 

2 quarts water

2 cups soy sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

6 garlic cloves , minced

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger


My wife is from Hawaii so I might just have to give this a try. Always looking for ways to give her food she is used to.

 

post #15 of 15

making me hungry............Great job........

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