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Need a Rub recipe for Cornish Hens


Joined Oct 27, 2010
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,



Smoking Guru
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Joined Aug 27, 2008
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.


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Epic Pitmaster
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Joined Mar 12, 2009

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.


Joined Oct 27, 2010
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,


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