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Cornish Hens

I came across a couple of game hens in the freezer earlier this week and thought I'd give them a shot on the egg. Also, since I hadn't spatchcoccked yet, I thought I'd give that a try too. (I hope my pictures come through. I've had troble with them in the past. I have them inserted throughout the text, but don't know if they'll end up that way.)

I started by dusting them with Oakridge BBQ's Game Bird & Chicken rub a couple hours in advance while they sat uncovered in the fridge. 

 

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I cooked them indirect with a plate setter and dry drip pan at about 350 for 40 minutes or so - however long it took me to enjoy two Elmer T Lee Kentucky bourbons. I also added a small amount of cherry chips.

 

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Here they are about 15 minutes before pulling. I'm not sure why the photo is blurry; I think it's because it was pitch black outside by that time.

 

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Once they hit temp, I removed them and let them rest for 10 or 15 minutes while I egged some asparagus.

  

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Here they are on a plate with the asparagus and maple sweet potatoes. I wasn't sure how they'd be since they were frozen for I don't know how long. But they turned out great; really tender and juicy.  The skin was nice and crispy too. My wife, who's not nuts about hens, loved them and said they were the best she ever had. I felt compelled to celebrate with another Elmer T.

 

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Cincinnati

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Comments

  • Congratulations on your success , they look really good !

    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    They look great.  I'm about an hour away from throwing a couple on tonight as well.  I usually cut them all the way through rather than Spatchcock.  I like to flip them while cooking and the halves are easier to handle.  Same result.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,926
    nice looking cook!

    Richardson, Texas

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,422
    Yours looks good.
    This off the Mini
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    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,433
    Looks great...I've been wanting to try some.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    Just finished cooking some.  When I bought them, I thought Perdue had changed the packaging, because they did not look like what I had bought in the past.  Turned out I bought 'pre seasoned, in a bag, ready to cook' Cornish Hens.  I was a bit worried, as i prefer to season them myself, however these turned out delicious.  Didn't add any other flavoring, just rinsed, dried, split them in half and threw on the Egg.  Direct at 400, Turned them a couple of times.  Sorry, no pics - grabbed the camera and the battery was dead. 
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  • bodskibodski Posts: 362
    Mickey, the bacon looks like a great addition. Tj, if I do them again I might cut in half. Thanks for the comments and tips.

    Cincinnati

    LBGE, Weber Kettle, Weber Gasser

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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,351
    bodski said:
    I cooked them indirect with a plate setter and dry drip pan at about 350 for 40 minutes or so - however long it took me to enjoy two Elmer T Lee Kentucky bourbons. I also added a small amount of cherry chips.

     

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    I put the picture with the correct text.  Made me feel I was right there with you pounding a couple back.
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    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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  • bodskibodski Posts: 362

    Thanks Ragtop! Too much 'making merry'I guess.

    Cincinnati

    LBGE, Weber Kettle, Weber Gasser

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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    Nice cooks, game hens are on my list. Have to try some of that bourbon
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