Cornish Game Hens and Hasslebacks w/ Q-View

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mneeley490, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So Seattle has broken a rainfall record set back in 1999. Forecast called for 1 day (today) without rain, and you just have to jump on these things.

    I picked up 3 game hens at Restaurant Depot recently for a decent price. (I don't know why they seem to cost so much in stores.)

    Soaked them in Slaughterhouse brine on the back deck for 2-1/2 hours. It's still cool enough here that the ice never melted.

    Rubbed up. They really got relaxed in the brine; I mean, that middle one looks like me lying on the beach in Puerto Vallarta with a drink in my hand. 

    So I had to use skewers to keep their shape. Thanks to fellow forumites for that idea!

    Took just over an hour at 300° on the Weber, coals on either side, with a couple chunks of apple wood for smoke.

    First time I've tried making Hasslebacks. Wow, incredibly easy. Combo of butter, olive oil, and S&P for the 6 Yukon Golds on the right. Some garlic-and-herb goat cheese for the other 3.

    Plated. Birds came out very moist and flavorful. My son says the Hasslebacks are his new favorite spud.
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great lookin smoke!
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking meal...... LOL.. I asked for some large baking potatoes and got some small "Grilling" potatoes. BTW they are individually shrink wrapped, whats up with that?

    Those taters look good! Taters and baby chickens FTW!
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking plate!
  5. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Great looking birds
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome looking meal!!

    Great job!

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The meal looks awesome....    It's good to get Cornish hens at a fair price...   sure can't find that around here.....
  8. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah, I've never understood why that is. You can typically find chicken for less than $1 lb. But game hens (which average around 1 to 1-1/4  lb) go for up to $4 apiece? And a third of that is the giblet pack!

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