Cornish game hen help

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by gjw, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. gjw

    gjw Newbie

    Hello all,
    Great site here...tons of good info.
    I smoked the bacon/swiss/mushroom meatloaf over the weekend...turned out awesome! Thanks for the sticky!
    To the point of this do you all smoke your Cornish game hens. I've got six hens slowly thawing in the fridge for next weekend, and I've never smoked them before.
    Thanks in advance,
  2. fired up

    fired up Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Just like you would a chicken. Due to its smaller size it will take a lot less time to cook.
  3. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try to get your temps around 300 and go for an internal temp of 170. Good luck smoking the birds. Some cold beer is always a good thing as well.
  4. rodbuilder

    rodbuilder Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I just smoked 2 cornish game hens the other day. My first. I used my temperature probe in the breast but there is not enough meat to get an accurate reading. I smoked them for 2 hours at 275 and they turned out great. I also brined them over night. Do them just like a chicken...
  5. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of great advice already!

    One thing I like to do is brine them and add smoked sausage under the skin.

    They come out pretty tender and moist.

    Good luck with them and take pics for us if you get the chance. :)
  6. gjw

    gjw Newbie

    Wow, cowgirl, thanks for the repost!
  7. When I smoke any type of bird I place a slab of fat back above the breast ( I have a electric and a propane smoker with adjustable shelves and drip pan) I put the bird close to the drip pan and one shelve above I put the fat back, there's another use for the smoked fat back, I put it in my green beans, collards and pork and beans. just my .2[​IMG]
  8. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When I do them for guests, I do beer can cornish game hens. I use those little starbucks esspresso cans and fill them (3/4 full actually) with Dr Pepper, EVOO and onion. Cook them at 300 until they hit 155-160. Remove from heat, cover with foil and let them carry past 165.

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