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Need a Rub recipe for Cornish Hens

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by lmci, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. I'm planning to do 4 of them this weekend; got the brine figured out but can't find anything on a rub suitable for chicken/hens.  Any thoughts?

    I have a store-bought rub seasoning but would rather mix something up (without 50% salt content), if possible.

    Appreciate any thoughts,

  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here's a variation of one I conjured-up more than 2 years ago for yard birds, and we really liked it (reg & spicy versions), and it's all ingredients which most any kitchen would have in the spice cabinet:

    1/2 Tbls Black Pepper, medium to fine ground

    1/2 Tbls White Pepper powder (can be omitted and double the black pepper is desired)

    1/2 Tbls Garlic, granulated

    1 tsp Onion powder

    2 Tbls Kosher Salt

    1 tsp Sweet Basil Leaves, crushed or powdered

    1 tsp Oregano, powdered

    1 tsp Chili powder

    ***1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

    ***1 tsp crushed Red Pepper

    ***1/8 tsp cinnamon

    ***optional for a spicy/hot version…double these amounts for the more daring and adventurous heat seekers.

    EDIT: the cinnamon helps to smooth over any bitter aftertaste from the cayenne pepper.

    This recipe is enough for two large chickens with a reasonably heavy dose.


    Last edited: Nov 9, 2010
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have and always like alittle kick with my rubs so I would recommand that you use straight up Old Bay. Yes it is really pretty good on pourlty too.
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

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  5. Guys, thanks a million for the recipes.  I'll have to get to a q-view soon and will let you know what I went with.

    Much appreciated,