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Smoked and Grilled Spatched Cornish Game Hens

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I love poultry, Rock not so much, but he does really like Cornish Game Hens. 

 

Brine:

Heat the following until kosher salt and sugar dissolves.

 

1 qt homemade chicken stock

1/2 c kosher salt

1/4 c pure cane sugar

1 Tbsp coarse cracked black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 tsp dried tarragon

1 tsp thyme

2 Tbsp Chix Bubba Q Rub (found here on the forum)

1 qt grapefruit juice (normally I use orange juice but didn't have any)

 

Remove from heat and add 2 qt ice water. Let cool completely before adding poultry.

I let the hens hang out in the pool for 3 hours. Remove them and rinse, pat dry.

Rub with a thin coat of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with Chix Bubba Q Rub

Propane smoker was preheated to 240° and added apple and oak for smoke. 

I smoked these to 155° IT in the thigh, then put them on the hot grill for saucing and thigh IT temp of 165°. 

Sauced one with homemade Alabama White Sauce and the other with KC Masterpiece Southern Style.

 

 

 

This is mine with Alabama White Sauce

 

Thanks for looking!

post #2 of 16

Good lookin eats.  Can't beat a simple great tastin meal like that!  Well done.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by KC5TPY View Post

Good lookin eats.  Can't beat a simple great tastin meal like that!  Well done.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

Thanks Danny! Yep doesn't get much simpler and tasty!

post #4 of 16

Looks pretty!  Rock can suffer thru just like Lynn.  AND...love the Alabama White sauce.  Could use it on anything.

 

Yummy!

 

Kat

post #5 of 16

Looks really good Alesia! I like doing cornish game hens, but have never spatched them before.

 

I do need to know, what is Alabama White Sauce????

post #6 of 16

That looks delicious, Alesia!  I've never tried Alabama white sauce, just looked up a recipe...it sounds yummy!  I'm putting that on my "to do" list...

 

Red

post #7 of 16

Those look great! I tried some Alabama white sauce last week just for fun. Used it as a dipping sauce for some wings and really liked it. I can't wait to try it as a basting sauce in the smoker.

post #8 of 16

Looks Great Alesia. I like the Cornish Hens. I will have to try them with Alabama white sauce some time.

Happy smoken.

David

post #9 of 16

Very nice , Alesia. Gotta try the Ala.White Sauce. drool.gif

post #10 of 16

Very Nice!

 

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post #11 of 16

Moist and tasty birds...nothing better!    Looking delicious!

post #12 of 16
post #13 of 16

Here is mine.

 

White BBQ Sauce

 

1 1/2 Cups of Mayo
1/4 cup of white vinegar
1 garlic clove minced
1 Tbs coarse ground pepper
1 Tbs spicy brown mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp horseradish

Stir until blended.  Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours before serving.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

This stuff is fabulous!  It does not have the big bite of the "horsey" either.  Will be one we have for picnics a bunch in our house! I have used 3 TBS of the horsey and it was even better.

Kat

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by KathrynN View Post

Here is mine.

 

White BBQ Sauce

 

1 1/2 Cups of Mayo
1/4 cup of white vinegar
1 garlic clove minced
1 Tbs coarse ground pepper
1 Tbs spicy brown mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp horseradish

Stir until blended.  Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours before serving.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

This stuff is fabulous!  It does not have the big bite of the "horsey" either.  Will be one we have for picnics a bunch in our house! I have used 3 TBS of the horsey and it was even better.

Kat

Thanks Kat. Us poor Pacific Left coasters have never heard of the stuff!

post #15 of 16

I have tried bunches...some thick and some thin.  Like them all!  Here its usually served with BBQ chickens.

 

Kat

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks Kat! LOL yep he suffers tremendously. Asked me when I was going to make Potato Salad (first of all I don't make potato salad cause it just doesn't come out right), so I made some and we ate it, but he said "File it and we'll have it again next summer". Works for me...I really don't like potato salad!

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Originally Posted by KathrynN View Post

Looks pretty!  Rock can suffer thru just like Lynn.  AND...love the Alabama White sauce.  Could use it on anything.

 

Yummy!

 

Kat

Thanks DS! Oh Bamer White sauce is awesome on chicken!!!! Spatching helps get them cooked through quicker.

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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

Looks really good Alesia! I like doing cornish game hens, but have never spatched them before.

 

I do need to know, what is Alabama White Sauce????

 

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Originally Posted by SeenRed View Post

That looks delicious, Alesia!  I've never tried Alabama white sauce, just looked up a recipe...it sounds yummy!  I'm putting that on my "to do" list...

 

Red

Thanks Red! The white sauce is so yummy on poultry. I tried it on some thighs a while back and figured it would work good on the hens!!! It did taste much better after being in the fridge for a few days.

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Originally Posted by Mdboatbum View Post

Those look great! I tried some Alabama white sauce last week just for fun. Used it as a dipping sauce for some wings and really liked it. I can't wait to try it as a basting sauce in the smoker.

Thanks! Yep it's some good stuff and it worked well on the hens.

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Originally Posted by themule69 View Post

Looks Great Alesia. I like the Cornish Hens. I will have to try them with Alabama white sauce some time.

Happy smoken.

David

Thanks David! If you haven't tried it you should at least once.

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Originally Posted by Woodcutter View Post

Very Nice!

 

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Thanks you!

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Originally Posted by FWIsmoker View Post

Moist and tasty birds...nothing better!    Looking delicious!

They were so juicy, I couldn't believe it. We reheated the other halves on the grill the other evening and they were still moist.

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Originally Posted by KathrynN View Post

I have tried bunches...some thick and some thin.  Like them all!  Here its usually served with BBQ chickens.

 

Kat

I've only tried the one I found on the web but I liked it!

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