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Cornish Hens

SuperDaveSuperDave Posts: 319
edited 8:06PM in EggHead Forum
I hate to sound green, but it's been forever since I've done cornish hens and I've never done them on the Egg. [p] I'm guessing indirect around 350º till 160 in the breast? Can anyone confirm this for me? Or correct me?[p]Thanks,[p]Happy New Year a couple of days late!


  • SuperDave,[p]I would think that you would want a temperature lower than 350. I usually do my indirect chickens between 250 and 300.[p]Greg
  • egretegret Posts: 4,091
    That's how to do 'em! I do mine indirect (drip pan) on a raised grid at 350-375. The last 10 minutes I crank it up to 450 or so.
  • Rather than temperature, I just do my hens until their legs get loose (you know what I mean...) 350 should take a little over an hour. I often mount them on mini juice cans (5.5 oz.) and do them beer-can style, using beer or even pineapple juice.

  • I concur, 350 indirect :)

  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    SuperDave,[p]Hi Dave. Your method will work as well as East Cobb Eggy's. I like to cook them longer at a lower temperature. I like 230-250 degrees for 3 hours with butterflied cornish hens.[p]Spin
  • SuperDaveSuperDave Posts: 319
    East Cobb Eggy,
    I was shooting for a crispy skin. I didn't mention that I'd be using a vertical roaster or spatchcocking them though.[p] Thought I might try dusting them with cornstarch after a brine of 12 or so hours.[p]Rubbed with butter and herbs also, of course![p]Thanks guys

  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,388
    I'm kinda late wading in here about this topic, but we really like Cornish Game Hens and I use the Willie's Chicken Setters (like the small one in the back) which is a ceramic vessel used like a beer can for beer butt chicken, but by design has that flared bottom which makes it rather stable.

    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • I do 'em around 275F or so. For me the secret to crispy skin has been to let the little birds (or chicken etc) sit in the refrigerator uncovered for several hours so the skin gets good and dry, and I don't oil the skin.[p]
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